7. march 2009 / PATRIK ELIAS NOW FOUR POINTS AWAY FROM HISTORY
Patrik Elias is on the cusp of becoming the all-time point leader in Devils history. His goal against the Islanders on Saturday afternoon brought his career point total to 701, four shy of John Macleanâ€™s franchise record. Patrikâ€™s tally came 6:48 into the third period on the power play after Islander left-winger Jeff Tambellini took a Boarding penalty. Patrik redirected Paul Martinâ€™s point shot on his backhand, through his own legs and to the back of the net. It was Patrikâ€™s third power-play goal in five games and his sixth point in as many meetings with the Islanders this season (2g-4a). His 69 points (26g-43a) ties his 2006-2007 season total with 17 games still left to play. The Islanders, who sit at the bottom of the NHL standings, went on to win the contest 7-3 in front of a crowd of 15,524 at Nassau Coliseum. The Devils meet the Calgary Flames on home ice Tuesday night at 7 p.m. (Dan Altano).