BOSTON — Winger Jay Pandolfo, a former four-year superstar at Boston University, has paid his dues with the New Jersey Devils.
He’s won a couple Stanley Cups, been a defensive stalwart and even added some offense when necessary. Typically, a road date with the Boston Bruins means a homecoming and a chance to skate against the favorite team of his childhood in front of friends and family from his hometown of Burlington, Mass., and the rest of that suburban area.
But barring any last-minute change, Pandolfo will be a healthy scratch for the fourth straight game (all since Brendan Shanahan joined the club) tonight at TD Banknorth Garden.
“You can’t get caught up in where you’re playing and who’s from where,” Devils head coach Brent Sutter said this morning. “The focus is on your hockey team. And as a coach, you put the line-up that you see fit on the ice for that night. And there’s no reason to change our line-up. … I know there’s a sentimental thing involved here, but I … I respect it and I understand it, but I can’t dwell on it.” (more…)