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Veterans Jagr, Elias and Brodeur lead Devils over Ducks

Nov 21, 2013, 1:32 AM EDT

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They’re not getting any younger.

But the veteran leaders of the New Jersey Devils continue to help lead their team on a run up the Metropolitan Division standings. Jaromir Jagr, Patrik Elias and Martin Brodeur all had a major part in the Devils’ 4-3 overtime victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday.

The 41-year-old Jagr scored the game-tying goal with 1:01 left in the third period to send the game into overtime, while the 37-year-old Elias had three assists.

Brodeur, also 41 years of age, made 22 saves for the win, his fifth in as many games. And suddenly, the Devils are on a roll.

They started the season seven straight losses, but that seems so long ago now. The Devils have won six of their last 10 games and are now third in the Metropolitan Division, four points back of the Washington Capitals.

  1. nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 21, 2013 at 3:08 AM

    The New Jersey AARPs don’t quite match the 1980 Hartford Whalers for gray. With Gordie Howe, 51, Bobby Hull, 41, and Dave Keon, 39, that’s a robust 131 years.
    Add the senior Duck Teemu Selanne to the mix and you had three 40-year-olds in this tilt. Anyone know if we’ve ever had that many 40-somethings in one game before?

  2. patthehockeyfan - Nov 21, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    I don’t have an answer to nothanksimdriving’s question. I did a little research, though, and found that older (40-something) players won’t seem as much of an anomaly in the future. To quote: During the 1980s and 1990s only six players retired after the age of 40, while during the 2000s the number of 40-something retirements jumped to 24.

    I do like seeing those grey beards :)

    Also, I want to congratulate the Devils. As much as I like Marty Brodeur, I don’t wish the Devils similar success over the LA Kings tonight. GKG!!!

  3. amityvillefun - Nov 21, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Glad to see the Devils gaining ground. I’m a Bruins fan first, but I’ve always liked the Devils and the Red Wings as well.

    I’d be curious to see what “secondary” teams other people root for.

    • hockeydon10 - Nov 21, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      Being married to the Wings I couldn’t pick a Western team. Before this year it changed between the Bruins and the Caps.

      Now that the Wings are in the east, I have to go with a West team as my girlfriend team. I’d say Dallas because it’s hard to root for yearly losers (Oilers) or for any team that has routinely faced the Wings in the playoffs (Anaheim, San Jose, Phoenix, etc.) Also, they hired Jim Nill (long time Wings guy) and because I like the new jerseys.

      I get so tired of teams going with dark or black jerseys. It’s like at some meeting someone said, “We’ll use black in the jersey and it’ll be edgy and cool!” Leaving out the “just like half the other teams in the league” part. (Which is ironic considering I listed Bruins up above! At least that’s an original color scheme.)

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