Patrik Elias didn’t want to talk. Not because the Devils’ alternate captain wanted to avoid dealing with the media after Tuesday night’s 3-0 loss in St. Louis. Elias preferred to keep his postgame remarks short because he did not want to criticize any of his teammates by name for being selfish. But as he walked hurriedly to the team bus, Elias voiced his displeasure at the way one or two unnamed Devils deviated from the system and probably cost the team valuable points. “We’ve got guys that want to do it by themselves out there. That’s all,” Elias told The Star-Ledger. He was particularly angry about the power play, which went 0-for-4 against the Blues, but he was also seething about the selfish play in other situations. “We have good enough players to win hockey games. We’ve done that in the past and in a lot of the 54 games we’ve played this year,” Elias pointed out, “but guys can’t do it by themselves. We have to play the way we played before.” The Devils, who will meet the Dallas Stars Thursday night at American Airlines Center, have lost their last two games—outdoors to the Rangers in Yankee Stadium and indoors to the Blues in Scottrade Center. They stand 13th in the Eastern Conference, having to leap-frog over five teams to be in a playoff spot.
Patrik Elias says selfish play by some players is costing team valuable points
Newark Star-Ledger | Jan 29