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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 / News
By Eric Marin
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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 - 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

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