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Elias eyes sole possession of points mark

Tied with MacLean, Elias poised to become Devils' all-time leading scorer

Monday, 03.16.2009 / 4:32 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Elias eyes sole possession of points mark
Elias can set a new Devils record with his next point.
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newjerseydevils.com – While Martin Brodeur tries to set a new NHL record for wins Tuesday against Chicago, Patrik Elias will take the ice needing one point to become the all-time leading scorer in Devils history.

With a goal and an assist in the Devils’ 3-1 win at Montreal, Elias notched career points 700 and 701 and tied John MacLean’s club record.

“It means that you’re doing something right and that you’ve been here long enough,” Elias said after Monday’s practice at AmeriHealth Pavlion. “It will be special, no question about it, but hopefully I have many more in front of me.”

Elias has already scored a bundle this season. He leads the Devils in assists (45), while ranking second in goals (28), points (73), and power-play tallies (11).

“Patrik has been one of our key guys,” Brodeur said. “He’s been a great leader for us. He’s been through a lot of things… but Patrik’s game always been at the top. He thrives on that; he’s a really proud guy.”

To take over the franchise points lead, a player needs two things: skill and longevity. Elias has had both, spending his entire 11-year career in New Jersey and holding, among other marks, the Devils’ single-season record for points (96).

“I never saw myself leaving,” said Elias, who was taken with the Devils’ second pick in 1994. “Two years ago it was a situation where I had different options, but for a couple reasons I stayed here. One of them was to have a chance to win. Since I’ve been here, I’ve never missed the playoffs and that means a lot. You have a chance to compete for a Stanley Cup and that’s what it’s all about.”

The list of players to have led their franchise in scoring includes current and future Hall-of-Famers such as Ron Francis (Hartford/Carolina), Gordie Howe (Detroit), Wayne Gretzky (Edmonton), Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh), Stan Mikita (Chicago), and Mike Modano (Minnesota/Dallas).

Entering Tuesday's game, the list also includes MacLean, who spent 14 seasons in the Garden State, collecting 347 goals and 354 assists.

Currently a Devils’ assistant coach, MacLean enjoyed one of the best careers in Devils history. He scored twice in the 1988 regular-season finale, including the overtime game-winner, to clinch New Jersey’s first-ever playoff berth, then went on to help the team to its first Stanley Cup championship in 1995.

The only Devil to register more than one season with 40-or-more goals, MacLean hit the mark in three straight campaigns from 1988-89 to 1990-91. Elias cracked 40 goals in 2000-01.

“Patty’s accomplishment is pretty phenomenal in itself,” Devils head coach Brent Sutter said. “Obviously it says something about the career that Johnny Mac had here, and I think that goes unnoticed a little bit too. Mac had a pretty outstanding career here with the Devils. For Patty to be where he is right now says something about the accomplishments Patty’s had to date. That’s pretty neat.” 

Now Elias can’t wait to get to 702 and beyond.

“I’d like to do it next game,” Elias said. “The sooner the better.”

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Palmieri 82 30 27 3 57
A. Henrique 80 30 20 10 50
T. Zajac 74 14 28 3 42
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
D. Severson 72 1 20 -8 21
R. Boucher 39 8 11 -13 19
D. Schlemko 67 6 13 -22 19
J. Moore 73 4 15 -12 19
A. Larsson 82 3 15 15 18
J. Blandisi 41 5 12 -14 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 27 25 6 .924 2.15
K. Kinkaid 9 9 1 .904 2.81
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