Patrik Elias' record-tying performance Saturday night in Montreal was overshadowed just a bit by Martin Brodeur's big night. That doesn't mean Elias would prefer not to break John MacLean's points record Tuesday night against Chicago if Brodeur also becomes the NHL's leader in wins in that game.
"I'd like to do it the next game," he said. "The sooner the better."
Elias had a goal and an assist Saturday to raise his career total to 701, equaling MacLean's Devils' total. MacLean, a current Devils assistant coach, played 934 games for the team. Elias has played 813.
"I've said before that it means that you're doing something right obviously and I've been here long enough," Elias said. "It will be special. No question about it. Hopefully, I have many, many more games in front of me."
Like Brodeur, Elias has enjoyed spending his entire career with the Devils.
"I never saw myself leaving," he said. "(Three) years ago, it was a situation where I had different options, but for a couple of reasons I stayed here and one of them was to have a chance to win. Since I've been here, this team has never missed the playoffs and that means a lot. That gives you a chance to compete for the Stanley Cup and that's what it's all about."
Devils coach Brent Sutter has been highly complimentary of Elias tying MacLean's record and wanted to be sure it was noted Saturday when Brodeur tied Patrick Roy in Montreal.
"The difference between both things is one's a franchise situation and the other thing is history, a league thing," Sutter said. "That's the difference between the two, but Patty's accomplishment is pretty phenomenal in itself. Obviously, it something about the career Johnny Mac had here and I think that goes unnoticed a little bit, too.
"Mac had a pretty outstanding career here with the Devils, too."
Sutter said he like the way his new line combinations have worked the last two games. He mentioned that the Mike Rupp, John Madden, Bobby Holik had a particularly good game on Saturday and also has liked the Elias-Brian Rolston-Brian Gionta line combo and the Brendan Shanahan-Dainius Zubrus-David Clarkson line.
"Rollie is playing was well as he has all year right now," Sutter said.