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Catching up with... Jay Pandolfo

Devils veteran following Red Sox pennant hopes

Friday, 08.08.2008 / 3:30 PM / Features
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Catching up with... Jay Pandolfo

Pandolfo received both the Devils' Unsung Hero and Players' Player awards for a third straight season in 2007-08.

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newjerseydevils.com – As busy as Jay Pandolfo was last season, it's easy to understand why he prefers to take things a little slower during the summer months.

Pandolfo also frequents Cape Cod during the offseason.
Pandolfo's milestone-laden 2007-08 included his 700th career game, 200th NHL point, and his first career hat trick. Though the 11-year vet missed almost a third of the season with a groin injury, he battled back to finish with 12 goals and 12 assists for 24 points in 54 games.

The injury ended Pandolfo's consecutive games streak at 307, but the Winchester, Mass., native still sits fourth among the longest playing streaks in club history.

Pandolfo re-signed with the Devils on July 1 and has already begun preparing for his 12th season in New Jersey.

Newjerseydevils.com reached the two-time Stanley Cup champion at his home in Boston.

Pandolfo: My summers are typically pretty quiet. I spend most of the offseason in Boston with family and friends, but the highlight of the summer was a wedding that my wife, Juliane, and I went to in Tuscany. It was our first visit to Italy since our honeymoon.

We spent a total of six days in Italy, including some time in Rome, where I have a cousin. Having someone who can lead you around a foreign city can make a big difference in how you travel. 

I've also been fishing a couple times this season for striped bass, but the fishing hasn't been good so far. Either I'm a bad fisherman or the fish just haven't been biting.

My workouts usually start around the beginning of June. Getting ready for a new season is something I look forward to. I'm really happy with the moves we've made this year, and I think Bobby Holik and Brian Rolston are going to help us a lot. Holding on to Bryce Salvador was huge, too. Bobby's a pain to play against, and we needed a guy like that – he's the kind of guy you'd rather have on your side than playing against you.

Of course, one of the biggest things to happen up in Boston this summer was the Red Sox trading Manny Ramirez to L.A. He was great for the team, but as a Red Sox fan, I think it was time to move on.

I definitely like where the Sox are right now. A lot of people thought Tampa was going to fall off down the stretch, but they're hanging right in there. Too early to say whether it'll be the Rays, Red Sox or Yankees, but one of those teams is going to miss the playoffs. Looks right now like it's going to go down to the wire.

Pandolfo battling his hometown Boston Bruins in '07-08.
I've been out to a couple games at Fenway Park this season, and saw the Sox lose 1-0 to the Yankees [on July 25].

I've been a Red Sox fan my whole life, so I really get into baseball season. It's special every time you go to Fenway Park... you don't even have to like baseball just to go and experience it.

We have some Yankees fans on the Devils, which hasn't been too bad because of how things have been the last few years. For once, we've had the upper hand on the Yankees. It's been nice to be on the other side of the rivalry because, for so long, Red Sox Nation was always on the losing end. We've had the bragging rights for the last few years, so hopefully that'll continue this October.


SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 82 24 43 16 67
P. Elias 65 18 35 -4 53
T. Zajac 80 18 30 3 48
A. Henrique 77 25 18 3 43
M. Zidlicky 81 12 30 -3 42
M. Ryder 82 18 16 -6 34
A. Greene 82 8 24 3 32
E. Gelinas 60 7 22 -3 29
D. Zubrus 82 13 13 1 26
R. Clowe 43 7 19 -10 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 15 12 .921 1.97
M. Brodeur 19 14 6 .901 2.51