Devils-vs.-Sharks-(Feb.-18)-(18)

H&V COLLISION OF THE MONTH WINNER [video]

The votes have been tallied and it’s official, the Albany Devils, H&V Collision of the Month winner is Olivier Magnan’s hit during the Jan. 14 contest against Binghamton.

The H&V Collision of the Month was selected by the fans via online voting through the albanydevils.com/handvcollision.

By voting, fans were automatically placed in the running for an Albany Devils jersey.

The January winner is… Eric Luper!

Be sure to check out all H&V Collisions of the Game under the “Fan Zone” tab at the top of this page.

Devils-vs.-Adirondack-(Feb.-20)-(27)

DEVILS WEEKLY RELEASE NO. 20 [video]

LAST WEEK:
Tue., Feb. 15 – Devils at Charlotte (W, 3-0)
Fri., Feb. 18 – Devils vs. Worcester (W, 5-4)
Sat., Feb. 19 – Devils at Binghamton (L, 3-4 OT)
Sun., Feb. 20 – Devils vs. Adirondack (W, 4-3)

THIS WEEK:
Fri., Feb. 25 – Devils at Springfield (7:30 p.m.)
Sat., Feb. 26 – Devils at Hershey (7:00 p.m.)
Sun., Feb. 27 – Devils vs. Norfolk at Atlantic City (4:00 p.m.)

THE WEEK THAT WAS:
Tuesday, Devils 3 at Charlotte 0
Dave
Caruso made 37 saves and Adam Henrique netted a pair of goals as the Devils knocked off the Checkers, 3-0, at the Time Warner Cable Arena. Caruso provided defensive support with 10 saves in the first, 13 in the second and 14 in the third for his first-career AHL shutout. Offensively, Henrique scored two second-period goals and Brad Mills concluded the scoring late in the third. Matt Anderson joined Henrique with multiple points, adding two assists.

Friday, Devils 5 vs. Worcester 4
The Devils erased a three-goal deficit with less than 10 minutes to play, to defeat the Sharks, 5-4, in front of 5,521 fans at the Times Union Center. Steve Zalewski scored the game-winning goal with 4.9 seconds remaining after Adam Henrique tied it with 53 seconds left. The Devils began their comeback, trailing 4-1, at 10:56 of the third with a Brad Mills goal. Matt Anderson scored at 12:40 on the power-play, setting up the dramatic finish.

Saturday, Devils 3 at Binghamton 4 (Overtime)
Mike Hoffman scored with one second on the clock to give the Senators a 4-3 overtime victory against the Devils at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. The Devils fought back after falling behind, 3-1, but a penalty with 1:52 remaining in OT helped give the Senators their sixth-straight win. Steve Zalewski registered a pair of goals and Alexander Vasyunov netted the team’s third goal.

Sunday, Devils 4 vs. Adirondack 3 (Shootout)
Round six of the Time Warner Cable Cup needed extra time, as the Devils defeated the Phantoms, 4-3, in a shootout at the Times Union Center. A season-high total of 5,944 fans were in attendance and witnessed Dave Caruso turn away 22 shots, not including all five in the shootout. Offensively, the Devils received scoring from Tim Sestito, Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond and Jeff Prough. Adam Henrique provided the lone goal in the shootout.

NOTABLES:
– The Devils welcomed more than 11,000 fans to the Times Union Center this weekend. Friday’s attendance of 5,521 stood as the largest crowd of the season, until Sunday’s attendance topped it at 5,944.

— Five of the team’s last six games have been decided by one goal and the Devils are 3-1-1-0 in those games. For the season, Albany is 14-6-1-3 in one goal games.

— The Devils have earned at least one point in five of their last six games (4-1-1-0). They’ve done so in dramatic fashion, winning Friday night’s game against Worcester with 4.9 seconds remaining and then in a shootout Sunday against Adirondack. Not to mention, Binghamton slipping by Albany with one second remaining in overtime on Saturday.

Adam Henrique saw his four-game point streak halted at Binghamton on Saturday, however, he came right back with an assist against Adirondack on Sunday. In his last six games, Henrique has tallied seven points with four goals and three assists. He is second on the team with 34 points, including tying a team-high 17 goals.

Dave Caruso, who was recalled from Trenton on Jan. 11, has won three-straight games and four of his last five. He had 27 saves in a 4-3 overtime win at Charlotte on Feb. 12. After a 29-save performance against the Checkers on Feb. 13 in a 3-2 loss, Caruso rebounded by making 37 saves for his first-career AHL shutout in a 3-0 win at Charlotte on Tuesday. He then posted 26 saves in a 4-3 win against Worcester on Friday and 22 stops, not including five in the shootout, in a 4-3 win against Adirondack on Sunday.

LEADERS FOR ALBANY:
Goals: Matt Anderson (17), Adam Henrique (17)
Assists:
Matt Anderson (22)
Points:
Matt Anderson (39)
PIM:
Louis Robitaille (193)
+/-:
Dan Kelly (+6)
Wins:
Jeff Frazee (9)
GAA:
Jeff Frazee (2.77)
Save %:
Jeff Frazee (.904)

NEXT UP:
Friday, Devils at Springfield (7:30 p.m.)
The Falcons are fifth in the Atlantic Division with a 27-25-1-3 record (58 pts.) and have gone 7-3-0-0 in their last 10 games. The team is currently on a three-game winning streak with a 4-3 shootout win against Bridgeport on Wednesday, a 5-4 overtime victory against Manchester on Friday and a 3-2 OT win against Worcester on Saturday.  Tomas Kubalik leads the team with 37 points, including a team-high tying 17 goals and 20 assists.

Saturday, Devils at Hershey (7:00 p.m.)
Hershey is third in the Eastern Conference and second in the East Division with a 35-18-1-3 mark (74 pts.). In their last 10 outings, the Bears are 5-4-0-1 and are coming off a 5-0 loss to Charlotte on Sunday. Hershey is led by Keith Aucoin’s 56 points and 41 assists. He has potted 15 goals and registered a plus-14 rating. Behind him is Brian Willsie, who has 50 points with a team-best 23 goals and a plus-23 rating.

Sunday, Devils vs. Norfolk (4:00 p.m.) at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall
Norfolk will be traveling from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to Atlantic City to take on Albany in the fourth and final installment of the Devils home games at Boardwalk Hall. The Admirals are fifth in the East Division with a 27-17-8-4 record (66 pts.), but are 3-4-1-2 in their last 10 games. They are currently on a three-game skid, coming off a 2-1 shootout loss to the Penguins on Saturday. Marc-Antoine Pouliot leads the team with 46 points, including 15 goals and a team-high 31 assists.

AWAY GAME HEADQUARTERS

When the Devils hit the road, fans can catch the action at the Recovery Sports Grill across from Albany Medical Center. The establishment will showcase 19 of the Devils’ games away from the Capital Region.

Not only will the Recovery Sports Grill provide the AHLLive.com webcast free of charge, but fans can select from numerous menu items to enjoy while recreating the atmosphere of the Times Union Center.

Five times throughout the year, Devil Dawg, the Devils’ Dancers and members of the staff will be on location throwing a viewing part. Those dates are Dec. 18, Feb. 4, Feb. 27, Mar. 26 and Apr. 10.

The first showing will be on Friday, Nov. 5 when the Devils travel to Worcester for a 7:30 p.m. outing.

Recovery Sports Grill
62 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
(518) 396 – 3800

Date Opponent Time
Fri., Nov. 5 at Worcester 7:30pm
Fri., Nov. 19 at Syracuse 7:30pm
Wed., Nov. 24 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 7:05pm
Fri., Dec. 17 at Norfolk 7:30pm
Sat., Dec. 18 at Norfolk 7:15pm
Tue., Jan. 11 at Worchester 7:00pm
Sat., Jan. 22 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 7:05pm
Tue., Jan. 25 at Bridgeport 7:00pm
Fri., Feb. 4 vs. Hershey (Atlantic City) 7:00pm
Sat., Feb. 12 at Charlotte 7:00pm
Tue., Feb. 15 at Charlotte 7:00pm
Sat., Feb. 26 at Hershey 7:00pm
Sun., Feb. 27 vs. Norfolk (Atlantic City) 4:00pm
Tue., Mar. 1 at Bingham 7:05pm
Wed., Mar. 16 at Syracuse 7:00pm
Wed., Mar. 23 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 7:05pm
Sat., Mar. 26 at Hershey 7:00pm
Fri., Apr. 8 at Springfield 7:30pm
Sun., Apr. 10 at Bridgeport 3:00pm

Viewing Party In Bold Italics

Devils-vs.-Adirondack

TIME WARNER CABLE CUP ALL SQUARE AFTER DEVILS WIN

Box Score: Albany 4, Adirondack 3 (Shootout)

Photo Gallery

ALBANY, N.Y. – Round six of the Time Warner Cable Cup needed extra time, as the Albany Devils defeated the Adirondack Phantoms, 4-3, in a shootout Sunday afternoon at the Times Union Center. A season-high total of 5,944 fans were in attendance thanks to the help of a Time Warner Cable ticket offer.

Goaltender Dave Caruso stole the show by making key saves down the stretch and all five in the shootout. Adam Henrique scored the lone shootout goal during the first round.

“I thought we played well,” Caruso said. “We’ve come back in the last couple of games and I really liked what we were doing. We are never out and we are doing all the little things.”

Caruso earned his fifth win of the season and fourth in five games. He finished the day with 22 stops.

Offensively, the Devils were led by Tim Sestito, Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond and Jeff Prough.

Two power-play goals by Danny Syvret led to a 2-0 Adirondack lead through the first half of the game. His goals came at 9:28 of the first and 8:22 of the second.

The Devils responded with three straight goals, sparked by Sestito’s effort down low. He won the puck in the crease and scored at 12:44 of the second. Stephen Gionta and David McIntyre registered the helpers.

“We had talked about penetrating on the cycle, but not turning the puck over,” head coach Rick Kowalsky said. “[Sestito] just kept going and it bounces; he lost his glove and he kept going. There is no question that got us going.”

Next, Leblond caused two turnovers in the Phantoms’ end – the later led to the goal. Leblond went five hole on Michael Leighton at 14:08 of the middle frame.

Before the end of the period, Prough cashed in on a rebound try with 17 minutes gone by.  The goal – the second of his AHL career – came after tries by Henrique and Matt Anderson.

Just as quickly as Albany grabbed the lead, the Phantoms evened things up early in the third. After a great defensive effort by the Devils to keep the puck out of a wide open net, Michael Ryan found a way at 1:18.

Both teams’ penalty kill units were tested during the last minutes of the game. Adirondack had to kill off a five minute penalty, starting with 1:14 left in regulation. In OT, the Devils had to fight off two Phantoms’ power plays.

Adirondack was led by Syvret’s three point night (2g-1a). Netminder Michael Leighton made 29 stops.

Next up, the Devils hit the road for a 7:30 p.m. contest at Springfield on Friday, Feb. 25.

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ZAJAC RECALLED; YOUNG REASSIGNED

ALBANY, N.Y. — Right winger Darcy Zajac has been recalled by the Albany Devils from Trenton (ECHL), while defenseman Harry Young has been reassigned by New Jersey (NHL) to Trenton. The announcement was made by Albany and Trenton General Manager Chris Lamoriello.

Zajac, 24, is making his second stint with the AHL Devils this season. He was previously recalled on Nov. 27 and played 15 games before being returned on loan to Trenton on Jan. 11. Zajac registered his first career AHL point with an assist at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Dec. 26. A few days later, he netted his first goal at Binghamton on Dec. 31. The Winnipeg, Manitoba native has appeared in 32 games for Trenton, posting six goals and 17 assists.

Young, 21, has played 38 games for Albany this year and has a goal and three assists. He made his professional debut and scored his first career goal at Adirondack on Oct. 16. Young was a season-high plus-3 at Syracuse on Nov. 19 and has had a plus rating in 10 games. A native of Windsor, Ontario, was drafted 202nd overall by New Jersey in 2008.

Albany welcomes Worcester to the Times Union Center tonight at 7 p.m.

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DAY OF HAPPENING

A few familiar faces returned to the Times Union Center ice for Devils’ practice this morning. Jeff Frazee was back between the pipes since missing 16 games and Nathan Perkovich was on skates after sitting out 27 contests.

Frazee and Perkovich were both reassigned by New Jersey to Trenton (ECHL) Monday and reassigned back to the Capital Region team Wednesday. While that was taking place, Jeff Lerg was released from his PTO.

Missing for Albany’s practice was Jacob Josefson, who was recalled by New Jersey earlier in the day. The NHL Devils also announced that Jay Leach has been returned on loan to Albany and Tim Sestito has been placed on waivers.

The Devils welcome Worcester to the TUC on Friday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. for “GE Kids-In-Free Day”. Children 12 and under will receive a free ticket when accompanied by an adult. After a game at Binghamton on Saturday, Feb. 19, the team returns home on Sunday, Feb. 20 at 4 p.m. for another installment of the Time Warner Cable Cup series against Adirondack. Fans can attend that game for $10 or $5 when they show their Time Warner Cable bill.

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DEVILS WEEKLY ISSUE NO. 19 [video]

LAST WEEK:
Mon., Feb. 7 – Devils vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (L, 0-4, Atlantic City)
Sat., Feb. 12 – Devils at Charlotte (W, 4-3 OT)
Sun., Feb. 13 – Devils at Charlotte (L, 2-3)

THIS WEEK:
Tue., Feb. 15 – Devils at Charlotte (7:00 p.m.)
Fri., Feb. 18 – Devils vs. Worcester (7:00 p.m.)
Sat., Feb. 19 – Devils at Binghamton (7:05 p.m.)
Sun., Feb. 20 – Devils vs. Adirondack (4:00 p.m.)

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS:
– The Devils have partnered with GE for the first-ever “GE Kids-In-Free Day” at the Times Union Center on Friday when the Devils host the Sharks. All children 12-and-under will receive a free game ticket when accompanied by an adult with a ticket. Additionally, the first 1,000 fans to arrive will receive a GE-sponsored Albany Devils t-shirt. Children will be the focus of the night during breaks in the action, with a wide array of activities targeted to kids.

— Time Warner Cable customers can attend the contest on Sunday for $10 or $5 when they show their cable bill at the box office. With a $10 ticket fans can sit in section 101-109 or 116-124. A $5 ticket option is available to sit in the end zone sections 110-115 and 125-130.

— Sunday’s game will be televised on Time Warner Cable Sports and Dora the Explorer will be in attendance for children to meet. Also, the fifth All-Star Wine & Spirits Team Autograph Session will take place after the game.

THE WEEK THAT WAS:
Monday, Devils 0 vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 4 (Atlantic City)
A three-point night by Ben Street propelled the Penguins to a 4-0 victory against the Devils at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. The contest was a makeup game for the Dec. 12th date, which was postponed due to unfavorable ice conditions. Street had two goals and an assist and joined Brett Sterling with first period goals to give the Penguins a 3-0 lead after one. Keven Veilleux finished the scoring in the third with less than five minutes to play. Dave Caruso was tested 35 times between the pipes; he had 31 saves.

Saturday, Devils 4 at Charlotte 3
Steve
Zalewski tied it and Adam Henrique netted the game-winning goal to give the Devils a 4-3 overtime victory against the Checkers at the Time Warner Cable Arena. Henrique caused an offensive-zone turnover and then snapped a wrist shot through the five-hole with 1:48 remaining. Things had looked dim for the Devils, trailing 3-2 with less than four minutes to play, but recently acquired Zalewski tipped in a bouncing puck with 3:48 on the clock. Rob Davison and David McIntyre also had goals for Albany.

Sunday, Devils 2 at Charlotte 3
A late third period goal helped the Checkers sidestep the Devils, 3-2, at the Time Warner Cable Arena. Brett Bellemore’s wrister with 3:38 remaining won it, while the Devils received goals from Brad Mills and Steve Zalewski. Dave Caruso made 29 saves on 32 shots and helped the Devils kill off all four Checkers power plays. At the other end, Mike Murphy had 26 saves on 28 tries in the win.

NOTABLES:
– Albany’s 4-3 victory at Charlotte on Saturday was the team’s third overtime win of the season. The Devils are one of three clubs (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Toronto) that haven’t suffered an overtime loss this season. Brad Mills scored the game-winning goal at Adirondack on Oct. 16, Vladimir Zharkov (currently in NJ) won it at Norfolk on Dec. 17 and Adam Henrique scored the winner at Charlotte on Feb. 12. All three games were 4-3 decisions.

— The Devils have netted four goals in 13 games this season, going 10-2-0-1 in those contests. Five of those outings have gone to overtime and two were decided in a shootout. The team posted a season-high six goals in a 6-3 win against Springfield on Jan. 15 and in a 6-4 win at Bridgeport on Jan. 25.

— On Wednesday, the New Jersey Devils completed an AHL trade with the San Jose Sharks, acquiring defenseman Jay Leach and center Steve Zalewski in exchange for right wing Patrick Davis and center Michael Swift. Leach was recalled to the NHL under emergency conditions on Friday and Zalewski made his Devils debut at Charlotte on Saturday.

Steve Zalewski has had an immediate impact on the score sheet. In his first game for Albany, he netted the game-tying goal with 3:48 remaining, helping the Devils to a 4-3 overtime win at Charlotte on Saturday. The following day, he again tied the game in the third period. His totals this season include 23 points with six goals and 17 assists.

Adam Henrique scored the game-winning goal in overtime at Charlotte on Saturday. The goal was his 14th of the season, increasing his point total to 29. The rookie is the team’s active leader with three game-winning goals and five power-play tallies. He leads the team with 12 power-play points.

— Defenseman Rob Davison is on a two-game scoring streak. He scored his third goal of the season at Charlotte on Saturday and then added an assist on Sunday. For the season, Davison has posted 12 points, including 9 assists, in 46 games.

— Rookie defenseman Dan Kelly leads the team with a plus-6 rating. Kelly has had a plus rating in 16 games and was a season-high plus-4 at Bridgeport on Jan. 25.

LEADERS FOR ALBANY:
Goals: Matt Anderson (16)
Assists:
Matt Anderson (17), Steve Zalewski (17)*
Points:
Matt Anderson (33)
PIM:
Louis Robitaille (193)
+/-:
Dan Kelly (+6)
Wins:
Jeff Frazee (9)
GAA:
Jeff Frazee (2.77)
Save %:
Jeff Frazee (.904)
* All 17 of Zalewski’s assists came while playing for Worcester

NEXT UP:
Tuesday, Devils at Charlotte (7:00 p.m.)
The Devils and Checkers will be meeting for the third time in four days on Tuesday. These two teams have met four times this season, splitting the series 2-2. Charlotte is currently third in the East Division with a 30-18-2-4 record (66 pts.). The team is 7-2-0-1 in its last 10 games. Jerome Samson, the Checkers top scorer with 54 points, was recalled to Carolina (NHL) Sunday morning. Jacob Micflikier is the active points leader with 43. He has 21 goals and 22 assists.

Friday, Devils vs. Worcester (7:00 p.m.)
Albany and Worcester recently had a roster shuffle. Jay Leach and Steve Zalewski had each played 50 games for the Sharks this season, while Patrick Davis and Michael Swift had appeared in 40 and 48 contests for the Devils, respectively. Worcester is fourth in the Atlantic Division with a 25-18-2-6 mark (58 pts.) and is 6-3-0-1 in its last 10 games. Jonathan Cheechoo leads the squad with 41 points, including a team-best 27 assists.

Saturday, Devils at Binghamton (7:05 p.m.)
The Senators sit in fifth place in the East Division with a 28-20-3-3 record (62 pts.) and are 6-2-1-1 in their last 10, riding a four-game winning streak. Most recently, Binghamton knocked off Adirondack, 4-3, in overtime on Sunday. Corey Locke not only leads the team, but the AHL with 68 points. He had produced 17 goals and a league-high 51 assists. Erik Condra is second on the team with 46 points, including 17 goals and 29 assists.

Sunday, Devils vs. Adirondack (4 p.m.)
Separated by approximately 50 miles, the Devils and Phantoms are vying for the Time Warner Cable Cup with Adirondack currently holding a 3-2 series advantage. For the season, the Phantoms are eighth in the East Division with a 17-30-3-3 record (40 pts.), including a 5-3-1-1 mark in their last 10. The team has benefited from the goaltending of Michael Leighton, who has a 2.37 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage in 14 games. Offensively, Adirondack is led by defenseman Erik Gustafsson, who has 32 points with five goals and 27 assists.

GET TICKETS:
Tickets for all the Devils home games can be purchased at the TUC Box Office or at any ticketmaster outlet. Fans can also get tickets by dialing 800-745-3000 or online at ticketmaster.com.

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VOTE FOR THE H&V COLLISION OF THE MONTH

Voting is now open for January’s H&V Collision of the Month. All you have to do is select which hit is worthy of the H&V Collision title and cast your vote. Once the tallies are counted, the Devils and H&V Collision will select one winner for an Albany Devils jersey. Vote as many times as you’d like.

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COLONIE CENTER MALL FAMILY FUN NIGHT

Devil Dawg and Devils Dancers were at the center court of Colonie Center Mall with the Albany Devils Prize-wheel Friday for Family Fun Night! Shoppers were drawn to the prize table by a friendly Devil Dawg and cheering Dancers for their “Spin to Win!” with the Albany Devils. All participants are guaranteed a win, with prizes including small merchandise, signed pucks and pennants and tickets to remaining games of the 2010-11 season. Hundreds stepped up to try their luck and they all walked away with a prize. Photographers were also on hand to snap pictures of fans with either Devil Dawg or the Devils Dancers.

Colonie Center offers Family Fun Nights at their mall on Friday nights and the Albany Devils are looking forward to another Prize-wheel appearance in March.

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BUCKINGHAM POND SWEETHEART SKATE

Devil Dawg got out onto the ice this past Sunday, this time at the Buckingham Pond in Albany. The Buckingham Pond Conservancy and the City of Albany both cosponsored the “Sweetheart Skate” Sunday afternoon where neighbors were welcomed to lace up their skates and celebrate Valentine’s Day with local families.

With the great weather, the Buckingham Pond hosted 75 guests to the event and Devil Dawg had a blast making new friends while also getting more comfortable on the ice. The skate was such a success that plans are already in the works (and Devil Dawg is looking forward to attending again) for next year’s event!

Buckingham Pond Conservancy works closely with Albany City departments to plan improvements, arrange for clean up and work days to support to the pond, and also finds time to study the ecological health of the poond looking for grant opportunities to subsidize the work of the City of Albany. The Conservancy’s mission is to coordinate with the existing resources while identifying new resources devoted to protecting, preserving and enhancing the Buckingham Pond and its surrounding green space.

The conservancy works hard for the future of the small pond and few acres of land, and the Albany Devils appreciated the chance to come out and skate with the sweethearts.

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