June 10, 2003 |
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Joe Nieuwendyk gave it one last shot. The injured New Jersey Devil center, suffering from what he finally revealed Sunday was a torn oblique muscle in his left side, participated in the morning skate Monday, took a few faceoffs and unhappily declared that he would be unable to play in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals.
June 5, 2003 |
Joe Nieuwendyk skated onto the ice at Continental Airlines Arena on Wednesday full of hope. He skated off less than 25 minutes later full of doubt. In what is shaping up as the most trying time in his 16-year NHL career, the injured New Jersey Devil center strongly indicated that he will remain sidelined when the Stanley Cup finals resume tonight with Game 5.
May 28, 2003 |
Perhaps playing a hunch, Coach Pat Burns put Oleg Tverdovsky back into the New Jersey Devils' lineup Tuesday night. "It's a challenge for him, I think, with his ex-teammates," Burns said of the former Mighty Duck defenseman, acquired last summer in the trade that also brought Jeff Friesen to the Devils and sent Petr Sykora to the Ducks. Tverdovsky was grateful for the chance to play in the Stanley Cup finals for the first time.
January 1, 2001 |
Joe Nieuwendyk scored three goals as the Dallas Stars sent the New York Rangers to their longest road winless streak in 16 seasons with a 6-1 victory Sunday at Dallas. Ranger Coach Ron Low shuffled lines in an effort to spark his reeling team, but the changes had little effect as New York fell to 1-8-1 in its last 10 games. The Rangers have lost five in a row on the road and are winless in nine road games (0-8-1), their worst stretch since the 1984-85 season.
May 24, 2000 |
Joe Nieuwendyk is again coming through for the Dallas Stars when they need him most. Nieuwendyk redirected a long blast from Richard Matvichuk 12:10 into overtime Tuesday night, giving the Dallas Stars a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche and putting the Stanley Cup champions within a win of returning to the finals. "We had some good luck there," Nieuwendyk said. "It seemed like the only way to get to the net is to outrace a guy. I was able to do that and just got my stick on it."
June 7, 1999 |
Joe Nieuwendyk is no longer the starry-eyed kid he was in 1989, the first time he played in the Stanley Cup finals. He was a 22-year-old hotshot then, an Ivy Leaguer from Cornell who stunned the NHL by scoring 51 goals in each of his first two seasons and established himself among the best of the new breed of power forwards.