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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
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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 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 67 16 24 -2 40
M. Cammalleri 60 25 12 5 37
S. Gomez 50 7 24 -7 31
P. Elias 61 10 20 -16 30
S. Bernier 59 13 14 3 27
T. Zajac 66 11 12 -2 23
A. Larsson 56 3 19 3 22
A. Greene 74 3 17 5 20
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
E. Gelinas 54 6 11 -2 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 27 8 .928 2.19
K. Kinkaid 5 4 3 .919 2.42