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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.


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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 65 41 18 6 175 146 88
2 NYI 66 42 21 3 211 185 87
3 TBL 66 40 20 6 217 173 86
4 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
5 DET 63 36 16 11 184 165 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
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10 OTT 63 29 23 11 179 169 69
11 PHI 65 28 25 12 173 187 68
12 NJD 65 27 28 10 146 168 64
13 CBJ 64 27 33 4 166 203 58
14 TOR 65 26 34 5 175 199 57
15 CAR 63 24 32 7 145 170 55
16 BUF 65 19 41 5 125 218 43

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
M. Cammalleri 53 24 10 4 34
A. Henrique 58 12 21 -3 33
P. Elias 55 10 17 -13 27
S. Gomez 41 5 19 -10 24
T. Zajac 57 10 10 -4 20
S. Bernier 50 10 9 0 19
A. Larsson 47 3 16 5 19
M. Ryder 44 6 12 -2 18
A. Greene 65 2 14 7 16
E. Gelinas 45 5 9 -2 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 24 24 6 .928 2.18
K. Kinkaid 3 4 3 .915 2.59