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Stevens a factor again in playoffs

Wednesday, 04.14.2010 / 4:09 PM / News
By Eric Marin
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Stevens a factor again in playoffs
Stevens captained the Devils to Cups in 1995, 2000, and 2003.
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Scott Stevens captained the Devils to three Stanley Cups, earning a reputation as one of the game’s greatest leaders during his Hall of Fame career.

With credentials like those, Stevens, the first-year assistant coach, could prove an invaluable asset in the Devils’ 2010 quest for the Stanley Cup. They were set to host the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal on Wednesday.

Stevens was on the ice for Wednesday’s morning skate, as he typically is for team practices. Considering his impact over 13 seasons in New Jersey, it’s safe to say, even now, that Scott Stevens and Devils playoff hockey just go together.

“Scotty’s been the defenseman I’ve won all my Cups with,” Martin Brodeur said Wednesday morning. “He defended in front of me, he’s a Hall of Famer, so I put a lot of stock in what he says to me."

Stevens could be seen talking to Brodeur as the players got out onto the ice to start the skate. As intense as ever, the former on-ice leader has turned instructor.

“He talks to me about situations in our own zone, things like that,” Brodeur said. “He’s a passionate guy when it comes to the game, so it’s interesting to hear what he has to say.”

Even Devils forwards can learn from Stevens, who patrolled NHL blue lines for 22 seasons with Washington, St. Louis and the Devils.

“You can tell he still loves the game,” Travis Zajac said. “He’s still intense. He was a great defensive player and knows the game so well. To take any information you can from him and learn from him. Just the little things he’s telling me about Philly’s tendencies and stuff like that helps out.”

At 6-2, 215 lbs., Stevens was always physically intimidating. Brodeur thinks Stevens’ presence might still put some fear into Devils opponents.

Said Brodeur: “Even for the opposition knowing that he’s around, teaching guys and telling them what to do, I’m sure it goes a long way.”

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STANDINGS

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