The Devils' Milestone Man celebrated his 1,000th game in appropriately grand fashion, prompting a prophesy for hockey's highest honor.

"One day he's going to be in the Hall of Fame," teammate David Clarkson predicted after Patrik Elias led the Devils to a 5-2 triumph over the Panthers in Newark last night, notching a goal and two assists.

Elias owns all the Devils' scoring records: 349 goals, 504 assists and 853 points in the regular season, and he has 40 goals, 77 assists and 117 points in the playoffs. It's a remarkable resume on a team that has had so many great players contributing to so much success.

"It was a special night for me. I'm glad it worked out and we got a win. We needed it," Elias said. "You're going to remember it even if you lose, but I'll take the win."

The fans gave him a standing ovation after he emerged from the tunnel as first star of the game, but it didn't seem like Thanks For The Memories because he is leading the Devils in points after having done so in seven previous seasons.

"I have a few more years in me," Elias said.

His younger teammates only could marvel at Elias' career.

"It's a lot of hockey, and a lot of good hockey," Zach Parise said. "He put on a show and came through with a big game."