Here are a few Clarkson sightings, boy does he get around. And who knew Clarkson was into fine art! Create your own (this will help you get started) and submit them through Twitter, Facebook or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In case you missed Game 2 of the Devils vs Flyers series on Tuesday night, Clarkson scored a goal and the excitement sent him flying. No really, watch it here! My guess is he’s trying to bring “planking” back – but now we can just call it Clark-ing.
Carlos over at SpeakingOfTheDevils.com was the first to start having a little fun with his Super Clarkson photos. With a little help of some photo editing software, you can found Clarkson everywhere! So far he’s been spotted crowd surfing at a concert, hang gliding his way back to New Jersey and competing in a partner figure skating competition. Where have you spotted Clarkson recently? Use this image of Clarkson flying after his goal and send in your submissions! Just Right Click on Super Clarkson below and select Save Image As. Make sure you tag your photos and send us your sightings through Twitter, Facebook or email us at email@example.com.
Haven’t heard of Pinterest? That’s okay, Pinterest has been dominated by a female user base but it’s a hot topic in social media and is really picking up speed. Sports teams have caught on to this quickly growing photo-sharing website and the New Jersey Devils are on top of it. Not only are the Devils on Pinterest, the Devils have the most original pins in all of sports with a current total of 596.
So what is a pin? To start, Pinterest is like a virtual bulletin board where you can save and organize anything you find on the web. You create boards and fill them with images by pinning anything you find and want to save for later. You can follow and be followed so people are updated on your most recent pins. You can also search Pinterest for what other users have pinned and repin things you find to put them on your own boards. Similar to Facebook, you can also Like and Comment on other users’ pins.
The Devils have created boards with team highlights, current and alumni players, and are even giving the fans a look at their beloved players before they were Devils. Anyone recognize this little guy on the right?
Where does the interaction come in? The Devils are showcasing their fan base by using their photos on Devils Army focused boards. The Devils use their Facebook and Twitter accounts to ask fans to submit their photos and they end up on the official Pinterest page. There are boards focusing on fans’ Devils Den, Lil’ Devils, Four-Legged Devils, Devils Art and photos of Devils with you, the fans! They even have a collection of devil-ish recipes under Devils Delights – everyone likes to eat, right?
The best part is knowing that Pinterest is a sponsor-free space. The Devils get no benefit from pinning things on their multiple boards. There are no sponsored spots, mentions or ticket packages advertised. They’re just there to connect with their fans and pin interesting things along the way.
Follow the New Jersey Devils on Pinterest!
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(headline by @StevePalumboNHL)
The Devils’ season has not been without adversity. They’ve been up and down at times, and have certainly been hit hard with injuries, especially to key players, yet it’s made them a better team. It’s made the Devils work that much harder for every goal, check and save. Tonight was a microcosm of their season to date, and they were able to overcome the adversity once again. The Devils went up to Montreal and beat a very desperate Montreal Canadiens team that has been playing well recently. What does that win mean for them? You’ll find out, statistically at least, at the end of the recap.
Unlike some recent Devils games, which had featured slow or sloppy starts, the Devils came out flying in this one. They put on a forechecking clinic at the Bell Centre early on in this game. Even Eric Boulton had more ice time than the Devils as a team in their own zone in the first period. Luckily for the Canadiens, they have a goaltender, Carey Price, who is skilled enough to keep his team in the game early on. He even lucked out, as he found himself facing the net, yet made two pad saves in a row on Patrik Elias in all alone. But the Devils salvaged a goal in the first period. Right off Adam Henrique’s face-off win, Ilya Kovalchuk wristed a shot on net, and Zach Parise, who was left all alone in front of Price, deflected the puck for a 1-0 lead. The Devils outshot the Habs, 12-4 in the first period. The period wasn’t perfect, though. Midway through the first period, Anton Volchenkov took a puck to the face and was slow getting up. He missed much of the second period, but returned to the game after getting stitched up.
The Devils started the second period just as they finished the first. The Habs struggled to generate anything offensively for the first half of the second period. It wasn’t really until a David Clarkson interference penalty that the Habs started to put together better shifts. They failed on the power play. In fact, the Devils’ penalty kill was dominant at that point. However, Montreal warmed up as the second period progressed. Martin Brodeur made all the saves, as he always does in Montreal, including one on Scott Gomez from close-range and Raphael Diaz’ point shots. The Devils, who didn’t get the benefit of any power plays tonight, managed to stun the Habs at the end of the second period. Patrik Elias skated around the perimeter of the offensive zone, then unleashed a hard wrister from the top of the slot. The puck struck David Clarkson’s body and re-directed into the net for a 2-0 lead. Montreal outshot the Devils, 9-7 in the second period, but trailed by two goals.
At some point between the second and third period, the Devils lost another defenseman. Bryce Salvador left the game due to an apparent illness. Luckily, Volchenkov returned, which prevented the Devils, who were already without Henrik Tallinder, Adam Larsson and Kurtis Foster tonight, from only having three defensemen.
Here are some reactions to the first two periods via Twitter:
@Tristy: Loving Marty’s strong play. Also love how Clarkson screened the defense and goalie on that last goal.
@HeadUpKid13: I like how good we are doing defensively, keeping them to bad angle shots and not many good scoring chances.
The Montreal Canadiens played a much stronger third period, though. They also benefitted from a Dainius Zubrus high-sticking penalty just 38 seconds in. The Habs were able to maintain control of the puck throughout the power play, and eventually, after Brodeur was trying to find the puck at the side of the net, Max Pacioretty buried it into an open net to cut their deficit to 2-1. The Devils defensemen were chasing Habs players around and could never recover their positioning. The Habs continued to press for the tying goal after their first goal. Brodeur stopped 8 shots in the third period, and 21 overall.
Rather than blowing a 2-0 lead, as the Devils did against the Ducks, they were able to capitalize again. Alexei Ponikarovsky started his shift by forcing a Habs defenseman to turn the puck over. What followed was perhaps the team’s best shift of the night. Steve Bernier, Dainius Zubrus and Ponikarovsky, known as the “600+ pound line” (says Ponikarovsky - all three players are 6’1″ and 210 pounds each or larger) cycled the puck relentlessly. Finally, Zubrus got the puck back to defenseman Mark Fayne, and he found Matt Taormina, who one-timed a slapshot through Bernier’s screen in front of Price and into the net. His shot struck and broke the camera in the back of the net. That gave the Devils a 3-1 lead, and that score held up as a final. Montreal made a late push in the final minutes, but the Devils, who struggled at times in their own end, held on to win.
The win gives the Devils 72 points, which is tied with the Boston Bruins for the second-highest point total in the Eastern Conference. Due to the division leaders and standings, the Devils were able to pass Philadelphia and Pittsburgh and move into 4th place in the conference. The Devils are one of the hottest teams in the league recently. They’re 8-1-1 in their last 10 games, all since the All-Star break. They’re also expecting to get healthier soon, too. Adam Larsson, who hasn’t played since the last Devils-Canadiens game after Habs defenseman P.K. Subban hit him hard, skated before the game. His return, plus Ryan Carter, Henrik Tallinder and Travis Zajac, could give the Devils enough to cap off what has been a great start to the second half and a 2011-esque second half run.
Game notes: The Devils won their 8th straight game at Bell Centre. Although they were swept by the Habs in New Jersey last year and went 1-1 at home against them this season, they haven’t lost in Montreal since March 11th, 2008. Ilya Kovalchuk, Adam Henrique and Zach Parise each recorded points on the Devils’ first goal tonight. Kovalchuk leads the team with 58 points. Henrique extended his lead over Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for the rookie scoring lead with his 39th point. Zach Parise and David Clarkson both scored their 22nd goals of their respective seasons, which is second on the team to Kovalchuk’s 25. Had Patrik Elias’ shot not hit Clarkson and gone straight in, Elias would have been the fourth Devil to reach the 20-goal plateau this season. Matt Taormina scored his first goal of the season, which is his first goal since October 30th, 2010 in Los Angeles, and fourth career goal. Taormina missed most of last season with a broken ankle. It was Taormina’s sixth point of the season, and 12th point for Mark Fayne, who assisted on the goal. Parise and Taormina had a game-high five shots on goal each. Peter Harrold was called up from AHL Albany, and replaced Kurtis Foster in the lineup. Harrold had a pair of shots in nearly 20 minutes of ice time.
Finally, tonight’s game capped Hockey Weekend Across America. The Devils and Canadiens each have many American players that were in tonight’s game (not including Montreal’s injured winger and ex-Devil, Brian Gionta). The Devils’ American players are Andy Greene, Zach Parise, Nick Palmieri, Peter Harrold, Mark Fayne and Matt Taormina (plus Cam Janssen and Ryan Carter, who did not play tonight).
Happy Social Media Day! I bet you didn’t know this day existed, but the Devils Generals are all about social media so we have to celebrate it. Mashable, the leading company in the social and digital media field, claimed June 30th of 2011 Social Media Day to celebrate the impact it has on everyone’s lives. We build friendships, make connections and even do business via social media thanks to websites like Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare.
There are events and “meet-ups” being held across the country and the New Jersey Devils are hosting one – with the New York Islanders.
Put our rivalry aside, just for tonight, and join us at Twins Pub in Manhattan for food, fun and hockey talk. We’ll of course have raffles, prizes and special guest appearances including a visit from our own Ken Daneyko. The party starts at 7:30PM, make sure to RSVP and get your free ticket. And don’t worry, all ages are welcome. See you there!
Here’s what you need to know:
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Tom Gulitti is a reporter for The Record and many of you know him for his blog on NorthJersey.com, “Fire & Ice” and/or follow him on Twitter (@TGfireandice). Tom took time out of his schedule to answer questions from you, the fans and on behalf of the Devils Generals I want to thank Tom Gulitti for his time. We appreciate you doing this for us.
We would also like to thank all the fans that submitted questions. Please know that I did not alter any of your questions. These are the questions you asked and here are your answers!
Please enjoy Part 2 of this series! (Here’s Part 1 in case you missed it!)