EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Tom McVie didn't send condolences to the San Jose Sharks' locker room after the New Jersey Devils' record-shattering 9-0 victory Saturday night at Meadowlands Arena.
After all, he received no sympathy when he was coaching three expansion teams over six seasons. He only got fired.
"Your team is trying is best, working hard, and they care," he said. "But everywhere you go, you get beat. Losing is bad, but even worse is what sneaks under the door. You just try to survive, and it gets tougher and tougher."
The game started out with a fight between Randy McKay of the Devils and San Jose's Link Gaetz. But these Sharks are toothless.
"I was glad it started with that scrap," McVie said. "It showed our guys they came to play. Frankly, I'm glad it's over. I was worried since we left Pittsburgh. You get a shotgun style, and San Jose is going to beat some teams that don't prepare and don't get up for them."
Maybe in the past few years this is the kind of game the Devils would have lost with two victories behind them and a hard four-game trip ahead. But not now.
Claude Lemieux, Tom Chorske and Doug Brown each scored twice, Chris Terreri got his second NHL shutout and the Devils set club records for largest margin of victory and consecutive goals in a game.
Their largest previous margin was seven goals against the New York Islanders on Sept. 23, 1990, and Toronto on Feb, 13, 1989. They had previously scored seven straight goals against Detroit on March 9, 1985, and the Islanders on Sept. 4, 1984.
Their nine goals tied the team record, set Dec. 5, 1990, against Vancouver, March 10, 1990, against Quebec and April 6, 1986, against the Islanders.
Lemieux, who has been the most consistent and aggressive of the Devils since he arrived at the start of last season, ignited the rout.
"I see why they call him the rat," McVie said. "He could go into a phone booth with five guys and come out with the puck." His power-play goal started the scoring at 13 minutes, 2 seconds of the first period, and he made it 4-0 at 14:35 of the second, giving him seven goals and 11 points.
Chorske's two goals were back-to-back at 17:47 of the second period and 2:38 of the third, and they pushed the score to 6-0. He has 11 points with the Devils.
Brown wrapped up the scoring with a power-play goal, an assist on Scott Stevens' short-handed goal and his own even-handed goal.
It was another tough loss for San Jose, which has found out that life can be lousy for an expansion franchise. The Sharks have a catchy name, but not much else.