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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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
3 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
M. Cammalleri 49 23 8 2 31
A. Henrique 54 12 19 -1 31
J. Jagr 57 11 18 -10 29
P. Elias 51 10 15 -14 25
S. Gomez 37 5 18 -7 23
M. Zidlicky 61 4 19 -8 23
S. Bernier 46 10 8 1 18
T. Zajac 53 8 10 -5 18
M. Ryder 43 6 12 -2 18
A. Larsson 43 2 15 4 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 22 23 5 .926 2.22
K. Kinkaid 3 4 3 .915 2.59