Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 5/27/12
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Always one to keep things in proper perspective, Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur quickly dismissed any suggestion Friday night that New Jersey's Eastern Conference Final win over the New York Rangers somehow served as retribution for the events of 1994. It was during the conference final that year that the Devils, with a 22-year-old Brodeur in net, choked away a 3-2 series lead to Mark Messier and the Rangers, handing a coveted spot in the Stanley Cup Final to their rivals across the Hudson River. "We've won three Stanley Cups since then," Brodeur noted calmly, with his tone teetering between friendly and mocking -- and without mentioning that New York hasn't lifted a trophy since their 1994 title, mostly because in these parts, that goes without saying. Now 40 years old and veteran of 19 NHL seasons, Brodeur has better things to worry about than a couple bad games 18 years ago, and over the last six weeks, the lifelong Devil has put together his best individual postseason since...
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