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HPT's Atlantic Division beat writer, Denis Gorman is based in New York City. He covers the Rangers, Islanders and Devils for Metro Newspaper and writes NHL freelance stories for Yahoo Sports.

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Devils foiled by Lightning, 'computers' Print
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Written by Denis Gorman   
Sunday, 17 January 2010 00:00
Atlantic Division notebook:

Call it a PSE&G power failure.

Midway through the second period of Friday night’s Lightning-Devils game at The Prudential Center, a power failure caused the finish of the game to be postponed until Sunday afternoon. “It doesn't look like anything blew. It's the controls. Yeah, computers. Isn't it always computers?" an unnamed technician told The New York Post

The newspaper quoted Devils GM Lou Lamoriello as having explained “We tried our darndest to get this game in tonight. We waited as long as we could. Even longer,” and “I'm talking hours,” about the organization’s willingness to finish the match.

The Canadian Press reported on Saturday that “a circuit breaker went down,” and that both organizations agreed to finish the game Sunday night. The Devils, who trailed 3-0 at the time of the power failure, lost the game, 4-2.

In other Devils news:
Martin Brodeur set a career high with 51 saves in a 1-0 shootout win over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden Tuesday night. Patrik Elias scored the lone goal in the shootout. … Brodeur has made 23 consecutive starts and played in 41 of 44 games. … The New York Post examined the Devils’ struggles against the Western Conference, against whom they are 4-4. … Devils' captain Jamie Langenbrunner was named captain of the USA Men’s Olympic Hockey Team on Monday. Devils teammate Zach Parise was named one of the alternate captains.

NEW YORK RANGERS

With apologies to Star Trek fans, the Rangers are only too happy to Live Long and Prospal. After missing seven games following arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, C Vinny Prospal was in the lineup for Tuesday night’s national television match against cross-river rival New Jersey. … The Hockey News Sam McCaig blogged an examination of the odds-on top six finalists for the Rocket Richard Trophy. Of Marian Gaborik, McCaig wrote “He’s missed two games due to injury, but that was back at the end of October. Along with G Henrik Lundqvist, Gaborik has been the main reason why the Rangers remain in the playoff conversation. The blazing left winger has goals in 23 games – he’s scored in more contests than any other NHLer this season – including five two-goal games. His longest scoring drought this season is three games (twice) and Gaborik is on pace for his first 50-goal season (he had 42 goals in 77 games in 2007-08). Rangers coach John Tortorella likes to ride his star players, so Gaborik will be expected to continue carrying the offense. Not that that’s anything new to the former Wild lone gunner. … Ex-Ranger and Ex-Penguin Jaromir Jagr was involved in a wild brawl for the KHL’s Avangard Omsk. In a game against Vityaz Chekhov Saturday, both teams combined for almost 700 penalty minutes following two line brawls, then a benches- and penalty box-clearing riot. Yahoo! Sports quoted Jagr as having pointedly criticized a Vityaz Chekhov enforcer to the Sovetsky Sport newspaper. … John Tortorella called Tuesday night’s home shootout loss to the Devils “a hell of a game” but complained that the classic should not have been decided by “a gimmick.” … Yahoo’s NHL blog posted a defense of Chris Drury’s selection to the US Olympic Team. … To a man, the Rangers were disappointed with their effort in Thursday’s 2-0 home shutout loss to Ottawa. Mike Brodeur made 34 saves for the Senators in his second NHL start. The Rangers are a point ahead of Ottawa for sixth place in the East with 51 points. 

PHILADELPHIA

The Flyers announced Tuesday that their Sunday, Jan. 24 home game against Pittsburgh has been selected NBC’s Game of the Week. … Remember how obituaries were being written about the 2009-10 Flyers? Those might need to be rescinded. The suddenly hot Flyers have won four games in a row and are now seventh in the East. One of the keys, according to coach Peter Laviolette and the players, has been the special-teams play. … In their 6-3 trouncing of Dallas at home Tuesday night, 14 Flyers recorded a point. The last time 14 Flyers had a point in a game was 1997. … The Flyers were shutout in Toronto, 4-0, Thursday night.

PITTSBURGH

Fox Sports Net Pittsburgh producer Lowell MacDonald was suspended for not showing a replay of a disputed goal. … Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist Bob Smizik blogged an examination of the league’s second-worst power play. … Post-Gazette Penguins beat writer and Hockey Hall of Famer Dave Molinari investigated the lack of muscle on the blue line and opined on whether the upcoming Olympic Games is causing individual players to slump. … The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Friday that the Penguins and D Sergei Gonchar could begin contract negotiations shortly. …The Penguins have won the first two games of a Western Canada swing, which ends Saturday night in Vancouver.

NEW YORK ISLANDERS

G Rick DiPietro returned last week. Now the Islanders have three goaltenders and two spots. The New York Post reported on Tuesday that coach Scott Gordon is content to have Dwayne Roloson and DiPietro split time “for the short term.” The newspaper also quoted GM Garth Snow as having said “there's no rush from my standpoint. Marty's body of work speaks for itself. People know what he's capable of," as it pertains to a possible trade of Martin Biron. … John Tavares suffered an elbow to the head from Coyotes’ defenseman Ed Jovanovski in the Islanders’ 5-4 win in Phoenix Saturday night. The league announced Monday that it had suspended Jovanovski for two games. … The Islanders dominated the Red Wings at The Coliseum, winning 6-0 Tuesday night. … The Post reported Thursday that the Islanders could be in the mix for Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk.

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