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Langenbrunner's week to remember

Monday, 01.4.2010 / 4:17 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Jamie Langenbrunner had an outstanding week.

He scored goals in back-to-back games Wednesday and Thursday, and was named to the U.S. Olympic team on Friday. On Saturday, in front of family and friends at the St. Paul’s Xcel Center, the Minnesota native notched his first career hat trick in the Devils’ 5-3 win over the Wild.

He moved into second place on the Devils’ scoring list with 35 points, and will ride a four-game points streak (5g-1a) into Tuesday’s home matchup with Dallas. On Monday, he was named the NHL's First Star for the week ending Jan. 3.

“It was a good week,” said the Devils captain after Monday’s practice in Newark. “It was a fun week going back home and doing well and helping the team.”

Langenbrunner’s no stranger to second-half surges. He scored 24 of his 29 goals last season after Jan. 1, including a stretch of seven goals in four games that featured three-straight game-winners from Jan. 27-30.

“I enjoy the second half of seasons more,” he said. “I think you could say most players do. You can see the light at the end of the tunnel as far as the goal you’re trying to reach. The games get turned up a little bit; the excitement. I’d say I don’t do anything a whole lot differently. Just happened that the second half last year was a good half of hockey for me.”

Head coach Jacques Lemaire said Langenbrunner’s versatility is a huge plus for the Atlantic Division leaders. At 29-10-1, the Devils lead Buffalo by three points for the Eastern Conference top spot, and are tied with Chicago for most overall wins.

“He’s one of the guys that can go on a line to lift the line,” Lemaire explained. “It could be defensively, offensively, playing against the best players. So, as you probably notice, I move him from line to line and that’s the reason why.”

In addition to his ability to play on any line, Langenbrunner can be counted on to contribute every night.

“He’s mature as a player,” said Lemaire. “He knows what to do. Maybe he’s not a player that excels in one thing. He does a lot of good, little things.”

With Jersey’s Team officially reaching the season’s midway point in Tuesday's game, both Langenbrunner and Lemaire commented that the first half has breezed by.

“It’s gone by quick – really quick,” said Langenbrunner. “I don’t know if it’s because of the schedule or if, as you get older, things go by faster. Definitely this has been a quick 40 games, and I’m sure part of it has to do with we’ve been doing pretty well. When things are going good, you’re enjoying yourself and things go a little faster than if you struggle.”

Lemaire believes the tight scheduling during an Olympic year has an impact on the pace of the regular season.

“It goes fast,” said the coach. “That’s because we’re playing and get three games in four nights pretty much every week. You keep going, your mind’s going to the next game, and the next and the next. When you have three, four days off, it’s different.”

It doesn’t fly by when you’re struggling, however.

“It feels a lot longer,” Langenbrunner said. “The plane rides are longer, the practices are longer. When things are going well, you’ve got a smile on your face; you’re excited to be around. Everything’s enjoyable. It’s easier."

NJD NOTES
Neither David Clarkson nor Bryce Salvador took part in Monday’s practice, although Lemaire said he had hoped to have Salvador back. The defenseman has missed three games since suffering a lower body injury against Atlanta on Dec. 28. Lemaire said Salvador will miss Tuesday’s contest with Dallas, but is expected to suit up for the morning skate.

 “That was the deal,” Lemaire said. “He had to practice (Monday) to play (Tuesday).”

Clarkson (lower body) returned on Dec. 28 for two games after missing 13 with a broken right leg, and did not travel with the team for the two-game road trip to Chicago and Minnesota.
 

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STANDINGS

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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