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Knowing the New Jersey Devils will go as far as stars such as Martin Brodeur, Brian Gionta and Patrik Elias carry them, coach Brent Sutter yesterday issued a tactful challenge for the two veteran wingers to step up and pull the 3-4-1 squad out of its early-season doldrums.

Elias was benched for the last five minutes of the second period against the Islanders and Sutter said Gionta is just beginning to turn his game around. Elias, who missed practice the day after being benched due to injury, admitted the move was justified.

Source: Sportsnet.ca

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