Devils at Oilers, G36/07-08

This is Jim Dowd. He’s from Brick, New Jersey, played all of his high school hockey there (scored 58 goals in 24 high school games as a 16 year-old). Recent Flyer 1st rder James Van Riemsdyk is from around there, born in Middleton and played for Brick for a time.

New Jersey is kind of a weird place for someone who has never been there. From childhood all I’ve heard about is swamps and crappy scenery. However, a lot of gifted people are from there, ranging from Sinatra (“Summer Wind” may well be the best use of songs in the entire Simpsons episode catalogue) and Springsteen is from there.

It’s called ‘New’ Jersey because the English who came over were naming New England and named it after a small island off the coast of England called Jersey. Apparently the British holiday there during the good months. A few other facts:

  • New Jersey has the highest population density in the U.S. An average 1,030 people per sq. mi., which is 13 times the national average.
  • New Jersey has the highest percent urban population in the U.S. with about 90% of the people living in an urban area.
  • In November of 1914, the New York Tribune, cooperating with Mr. Bertram Chapman Mayo (founder of Beachwood) issued an “Extra” announcing: “Subscribe to the New York Tribune and secure a lot at Beautiful Beachwood. Act at once, secure your lot in this Summer Paradise now!” This was the greatest premium offered by a newspaper – nothing equal to it was ever attempted in the United States.
  • New Jersey is the only state where all its counties are classified as metropolitan areas.
  • North Jersey is the car theft capital of the world, with more cars stolen in Newark than any other city. Even the 2 largest cities, NYC and LA put together.
  • New Jersey has the most dense system of highways and railroads in the U.S.
  • Picturesque Cape May holds the distinction of being the oldest seashore resort in the United States and one of the most unique.
  • In order to meet the increasing demand for his wire rope John Roebling opened a factory in Trenton, New Jersey in 1848. John Roebling, along with his two sons, Washington and Ferdinand, built a suspension bridge across the gorge of the Niagara River. They then built the Brooklyn Bridge plus many other suspension bridges in the United States.
  • New Jersey has the most diners in the world and is sometimes referred to as the diner capital of the world.
  • North Jersey has the most shopping malls in one area in the world with seven major shopping malls in a 25 sq. mile radius.
  • Passaic river was the site to the first submarine ride by inventor John P. Holland.
  • New Jersey has over 50 resort cities and towns, some of the nations most famous, Asbury park, Wildwood, Atlantic City, Seaside heights, Cape May.
  • New Jersey is a leading industrial state and is the largest chemical producing state in the nation.
  • New Jersey is a major seaport state with the largest seaport in the U.S. located in Elizabeth.
  • Jack Nicholson, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Redman, Das EFX, Naughty by Nature, Sugar Hill Gang, Lords of the Underground, Jason Alexander, Queen Latifa, Shaq, Judy Blume, Arron Burr, Whitney Houston, Eddie Money, Frank Sinatra, Grover Cleveland, all New Jersey natives.
  • The light bulb, phonograph (record player), motion picture projector were invented by Thomas Edison in his Menlo Park laboratory.
  • New Jersey is home to the Miss America pageant held in Atlantic City.
  • Atlantic City is where the street names came from for the game Monopoly
  • Fort Dix is named for Major General John Adams Dix, a veteran of the War of 1812 and the Civil War. During his distinguished public career, he was a United States Senator, Secretary of the Treasury, Minister to France and Governor of New York.
    Atlantic City has the longest boardwalk in the world.
  • New Jersey has the largest petroleum containment area outside of the Middle East countries.
  • The first Indian reservation was in New Jersey.
  • New Jersey has the tallest water tower in the world.
  • The first tin-foil phonograph developed by Thomas Edison was crude, but it proved his point– that sound could be recorded and played back. Thomas Edison had phonograph demonstrations and became world-renowned as the “Wizard of Menlo Park” for this invention.
  • New Jersey is the only state in the nation which offers child abuse prevention workshops to every public school.
  • The first baseball game was played in Hoboken.
  • The first intercollegiate football game was played in New Brunswick, in 1869. Rutgers College played Princeton. Rutgers won.
  • The first Drive-In Movie theatre was opened in Camden.
  • New Jersey has 108 toxic waste dumps. Which is the most in any one state in the nation.
  • New Jersey has a spoon museum featuring over 5,400 spoons from every state and almost every country.
  • Origin of name: From the Channel Isle of Jersey.
  • Tourism is the second-largest industry in New Jersey.
  • In 1977, New Jersey voters approved legislation allowing legalized casino gambling in Atlantic City.
  • New Jersey has 21 counties.
  • Although the Borough of Ship Bottom was incorporated in 1925, the name dates back to a shipwreck that occurred in March 1817, when Captain Stephen Willets of Tuckerton rescued a young woman from the hull of a ship overturned in the shoals. The rescue became known as “Ship Bottom.”
  • State motto is liberty and prosperity.
  • The honeybee, apis mellifera, is the New Jersey state bug.
  • The state seashell is the knobbed whelk, busycon carica gmelin, it is found on all beaches and bays of New Jersey.
  • Modern paleontology, the science of studying dinosaur fossils, began in 1858 with the discovery of the first nearly complete skeleton of a dinosaur in Haddonfield, New Jersey. The Hadrosaurus is the official New Jersey state dinosaur.
  • Atlantic City’s original summer visitors were the Absegami Indians of the Lenni Lenape tribe.
  • Fair Haven is believed to have been seasonally inhabited by native Indians prior to the coming of European settlers in the 1660′s
  • Parsippany has been named Tree City USA for 24 consecutive years.
  • New Jersey’s state seal was designed by Pierre Eugene du Simitiere and presented in May 1777.
  • Software and software related companies account for nearly 2,700 companies in New Jersey.
  • The Statue, “Soldier At Rest” was dedicated to New Jersey Civil War veterans on June 28, 1875. It was purchased by the New Jersey State Legislature for $10,000.
  • General Philip Kearny had a New Jersey town and 2 military decorations named after him.
  • The Borough of Roosevelt is the only municipality in New Jersey that is, in its entirety, a registered National Historic Site

I believe the best song with Jersey in the title is “Jersey Girl” by Tom Waits. It’s one of the best songs I’ve ever heard.

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43 Responses to "Devils at Oilers, G36/07-08"

  1. Black Dog says:

    I’ve been to NJ a number of times for work. I was actually stuck in Newark this summer overnight when thunderstorms resulted in all AC flights being cancelled.

    Most of NJ that I have seen is a concrete and rusty wasteland but I have also seen part of it that is just beautiful.

    Plus I hate the Devils.

    The end.

  2. Lowetide says:

    lol. I hate them too. It’s that Lou L guy, he has a smug smile like he invented the game. When Sather had the same smile for our side it was all good, but Lou acts like he invented the game and things are just assumed about Brodeur being GOD.

    Plus has ANYONE screwed up like the Devils since the new CBA? Yet Lou just keeps on rolling like’s he freaking Moses. Plus he cheats and looks like a bag lady.

  3. Black Dog says:

    Like everything I blame it on the Leafs – if they had not been dumb enough to trade a firstrounder for Tom Kurvers and then take a Wile E. Coyote off of the cliff the following season then Niedermeyer would not have been a Devil and there would have been no Cups for NJ.

  4. pboy says:

    Any State that threw up Sinatra, Springsteen, The Soprano’s & Nicholson can’t be all that bad.

  5. Nelson88 says:

    Funny blog LT,

    Being a wesern canadian kid i had all the same notions about NJ until i spent 8 weeks there in the early 90′s.

    The area directly across from NYC including Newark, Elizabeth, Jersey city, etc. is a hole. However; the state isn’t called the Garden State for nothing. As you get away from the Turnpike and away from NYC the place is actually very nice. Princeton is one if the nicest small cities you will find in the U.S.

    Atlantic City? Not so much…

  6. Mr DeBakey says:

    New Jersey diners.

  7. Andy Grabia says:

    Is this not the most MacT of all MacT statements?

    “I seldom judge a player on his offensive production because there’s so much more you can bring to the game.”

    While I want to applaud that statement, it also makes me want to bang my head against a wall. Seeing the word “solely” in there would have made it easier to stomach. The line about minutes is classic MacT, too.

  8. goldenchild says:

    Never in 1000 years would I have thought that I would see Das Efx, Lords of the Underground, or Naughty by nature on your blog LT, haha unbelieveable. I couldn’t be more impressed.

    As a Stern Show devote, Jersey to me is the home of Artie Lange and the countles delis, diners and Italian pizzerias that he gorges at.

    As for the game, coming off a 5-0 loss to the Canucks, I’m sure we will see an embarassed Broduer play a great game. Take the under tonight!

  9. ClaytonMagnet says:

    I was forced to land in Newark once due to weather, and had to leave the next morning from JFK. So all I know of NJ is that the traffic is unreal, and a cab ride from Newark Liberty to JFK costs $110.

  10. Pat H says:


    oh god oh god oh god….what a quote. Geez. There must be some context missing, but the one a few sentences later is funny too: “If you want to evaluate somebody, you look at his minutes and [Stoll's] minutes are always up there.”

    I know that it doesn’t tell the whole story, but on its face, the logic of that is hilarious. Minutes played are key to evaluating a player. Reasoner gets lots of minutes. Therefore Reasoner is a great player.

    (I say all this a little tongue in cheek, but I love playing with precious little quotes like this that the organization occasionally feeds us)

  11. Andy Grabia says:

    I think the line about minutes is MacT saying, “if you want to know if I think a guy is playing well, look at his minutes.” It’s a valid point, but it doesn’t mean, objectively speaking, that the guy is actually playing well. It just means the coach thinks he is. I kind of like that one, because you can eliminate all the he said/she aid gossip about how coaches and players feel about each other. Bottom line is the coach will play the the guys he thinks are playing well the most. Then again, I’m still positive MacT benched Torres and Stoll because they disagreed with him, so…

  12. Bruce says:

    I know that it doesn’t tell the whole story, but on its face, the logic of that is hilarious. Minutes played are key to evaluating a player. Reasoner gets lots of minutes. Therefore Reasoner is a great player.

    The logic is especially circular when the quote comes from the guy who assigns the minutes. I guess that’s MacT’s way of saying “If you want to know my opinion of our players, check out TOI.”

    Lucked into a ticket for tonight’s game (from the beginning this time). Perfect timing, I get to see the much-anticipated return of Zack Stortini. :)

    Seriously, am much looking forward to scoping out one of the all-time great goaltenders, Marty Brodeur. I also saw him live in New Jersey’s last visit here (in 2001 for goodness sake), when Marty put his stamp on a prototypical 2-1 Devils win.

    Not to say their visit is overdue, but the Devils have won a Cup since the last time they were here. Thanks, Gary.

  13. doritogrande says:

    Are you by any chance a travel agent, because it felt like you were trying to sell me on NJ.

    Tarnstrom’s expected to draw into the lineup tonight with the Russian getting a primo PB seat.

  14. heed says:

    looks like everybody’s favorite whipping boy draws in too. sanderson out…stortini in…

  15. Traktor says:

    I prefer “Never going back to New Jersey” by “Less than Jake”

  16. Andy Grabia says:

    Roli is out. Garon is in, with Aaron Sorochan as backup. Lucky kid.

  17. Loxy says:

    I went to school with Sorochan’s brother… I always heard his kid brother was a good goaltender, but this is quite the call-up. :)

  18. original fan says:

    LT – do you know if Aaron Sorochan’s dad is Mike Sorochan

  19. Lowetide says:

    No. I actually don’t know much about him at all. Flames had a Lee Sorochan play a few games for them years ago.

  20. original fan says:

    Mike was a athlete and loved hockey and played goal and moved to Edmonton. Wondering if his son was Aaron. He was a teacher of mine in Veg.

  21. Andy Grabia says:

    uPitquitous!!! He does it all, man.

  22. Lowetide says:

    I’ll feel really good about the D when Pitkanen and Gilbert are signed. If it meant trading Staios, would everyone be good with that?

  23. gary b says:

    i’ve always thought Jim Dowd should have the nickname… “Waylon’.

  24. Andy Grabia says:

    If it meant trading Staios, would everyone be good with that?

    Yes. I’d prefer having more NHL defencemen, but I’d be willing to take that hit. They better get on it.

  25. Nelson88 says:

    Yes! Nothing against Stevie but they should trade him while he still has some decent value. The $ can be better spent elsewhere.

    Realistically the Oilers are looking at 2009-2010 for a strong run so they need all the cap space they can get to sign Horc and one or two others.

  26. godot10 says:

    Staios brings necessary veteran character and leadership to the team. He eventuallly becomes the third pairing veteran that mentors Chorney.

  27. uni says:

    I was hoping they’d ink Pitkanen to a 6 year 4M per contract after the trade instead of the 1 year try-out they got done.

    Also baffling is not locking up Gilbert yet, and letting Hedja walk (who’s doing nicely in Columbus it seems). Although I guess he might not have wanted to re-sign with the Oil and wanted Columbus.

    While typing this the Devils tie it…great.

  28. Andy Grabia says:

    Smid with two penalties and a GA. And there’s the 2nd goal, almost immediately after the 1st.

  29. Tyler says:

    Jesus, that was an ugly minute or two. Hopefully it turns this game around – this Horcoff shift is the first watchable one from the Oilers in the period and a half that I’ve watched.

    As for that first goal – fuck did Smid ever hit the bed. Loses a battle off the draw and then goes across the net and leaves Elias. Wow.

  30. Andy Grabia says:

    And there’s penalty number three for Laco.

  31. rickibear says:

    I hope Smid gets the Pressbox perspective MacT and KLowe talk about.

  32. Lowetide says:

    Not a terribly surprising result but disappointing to watch it play out.

    And for those who will shyte on MacT, how in hell do you expect a good result with that much unproven talent?

  33. honkey says:

    Oh man what a boring game and we give away another 3rd period lead without a good reason.
    And why play Stoll with the extra attacker he’s a guy without any confidence in the offensive zone.
    I know he can win a face off but thats just about it.

  34. Andy Grabia says:

    And for those who will shyte on MacT, how in hell do you expect a good result with that much unproven talent?

    Agreed, but I don’t know if putting Smid up against Elias is a good idea, LT. And the constant quick goal occurrence might involve coaching. Time to bring up Hot Doorknob now, no?

  35. dubya says:

    Yeah, Smid blew. Hard. Thought Gilbert had a tough game, too, though not nearly as bad.

    Penner looked really good, and I thought Souray had his best game at EV. Ironic that he ends up -2 this game (1 EN).

  36. Lowetide says:

    I think they might give Sugartits the call.

    Plus probably Deslauriers.

  37. more green says:

    Is it just me or do this team suck at taking seriously that first shift after a goal.

  38. Ric says:

    Team really needs more experience in the bottom 6 forwards as the 3rd and 4th lines are bleeding goals at EV now.

    Doesn’t help having both Torres and Moreau out as they tend to both be outscorers.

    Could really use Stephane Matteau and Brian Noonan.

  39. Andy Grabia says:

    Could really use Stephane Matteau and Brian Noonan.

    Awesome. Even more guys who can’t score. :)

  40. Ric says:

    Awesome. Even more guys who can’t score. :)

    That’s not the point. The point is that they need veteran experience on the bottom two lines.

  41. Scott says:

    How did we sign Sorochan? Doesn’t this put us over the 50-player limit? Did we somehow drop someone? Confused…

  42. Bruce says:

    Agreed, but I don’t know if putting Smid up against Elias is a good idea, LT.

    That was off an icing play and MacT couldn’t change. He called his timeout, but it was a terrible matchup. That said, if Smid actually went against Elias instead of the guy Cogliano’s already got on the strong side, it might be a good idea.

    Is it just me or do this team suck at taking seriously that first shift after a goal.

    The point is that they need veteran experience on the bottom two lines.

    Well, tonight for the 35 seconds the score was 1-1 they had 16-19-28 with 23-44, that’s lots of experience. But Reasoner fell completely asleep, lost his man in the neutral zone for one or both of two reasons: 1) he wasn’t paying attention, 2) he didn’t hustle. That was real bad. Once Zubrus got a head of steam and Reasoner was still standing still it was a mismatch, but I could see the danger coming in the neutral zone when DZ was beginning to wind it up, and Reasoner just let him go. That’s a veteran on our bottom two lines, and he didn’t get it done. Lots of other stuff happened after that — Garon shit the bed too — but the odd man rush was what started the trouble, and that was on Marty.

    I picked a disappointing game to go to. Generally a poor effort by Oilers tonight, not much urgency and lost way too many battles, from the faceoff circle (16-30) on out. The 10-27-83 line was bringing it for the most part although had trouble generating shots. 89-34-12 had their moments, but Nisson bobbled the puck all night. The other lines were playing chess, and not very well at that.

    Most promising signs were a real solid chemistry that seems to be developing between Hemsky and Pitkanen, who were looking for one another all night; good PK which cycled six forwards as Dennis suggested recently; Gagner with five shots on goal including three on one shift that all tested Brodeur; and a solid game from Sheldon Souray who very nearly tied it with a seeing eye shot off a set play in the last minute that Brodeur barely got enough of.

    Smid was brutal in this game and judging from MacT’s postgame comments will be feeling the wrath of the coach sooner rather than later. PB if not SF time in his immediate future I would think. Garon stopped the puck OK but had a rare off-night handling the puck, which messed up the timing on the first goal; and controlling rebounds, which directly cost the second. Up front Nilsson had all kinds of trouble handling the puck, and Cogliano, Brodziak and Thoresen didn’t threaten at all. We need a little offence out of these boys.

    Oh well, we certainly can’t complain that the better team didn’t win tonight. Coulda been different with a 1-0 lead, but even after the second I had very little confidence the Oil had enough on the ball to nurse it home. Oh well, chalk it up to another learning experience …

  43. Pat H says:


    re: 50 contracts

    I had the same question, so I glanced at the CBA. I think it’s Exhibit 17. Basically, in an emergency situation, a team can sign a player to a one day contract. The player receives no monetary consideration (so Olczyk’s comment in today’s Journal was no joke). Given all of this, I don’t think that it counts against the 50 – again, it’s only for one day.

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