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from Scott Burnside of ESPN, New Jersey Devils head coach Pete DeBoer recalls 1994 as a time when he still had hair.
Martin Brodeur, who played goal in what was one of the most dramatic playoff series of all time 18 years ago, recalls it as a time when no one knew his name or who he was.
New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella initially feigned ignorance at the significance of the 1994 Eastern Conference finals between the Mark Messier-led Rangers and Brodeur’s Devils altogether.
That’s the beauty of history: It is what you want it to be, something or nothing.
It can be a reminder of past glories or failures, a touchstone to help you believe in the face of doubt, or simply an innocuous distraction to help you forget about the reality of your situation.
The reality for the current Rangers squad is that 1994 is a kind of fairy tale.
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Last night, the New Jersey Devils qualified for the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals, when they beat the New York Rangers 3-2 in overtime to win the Eastern Conference Finals 4-2. This is the first time in ten years that the Devils have qualified for the Cup Finals, and things have a very similar feel.The Devils will face an opponent from Southern California who will be trying to win their...
Head coach John Tortorella actually stuck around to give an insightful postgame press conference following last night's 5-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils at MSG, so I thought I'd share this landmark event. Plus, there's not much else to say after what went down last night and what needs to be done in Game 6.
Will have any significant updates from practice later...
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Kings turned the clock back to 1993 by punching their ticket back to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in nearly two decades. On Friday, the Devils made sure there were no shades of 1994. That year, the Rangers rallied from a 3-2 series deficit in the Eastern Conference Final against the Devils after Mark Messier guaranteed a New York victory. Messier...
When it was over, a few moments after his team's season had come to an end, Rangers coach John Tortorella uttered six words that offered a glimpse into his psyche.
"I really thought we were coming," Tortorella said after Adam Henrique's Eastern Conference finals-clinching goal 63 seconds into overtime sent the Rangers home for the summer with a devastating, 3-2...
New York Rangers coach John Tortorella just doesn't like to answer Stan Fischler. But, he does think his team 'played with balls.' 1:10 mark of his post game presser following last night's game 6...
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Rangers coach John Tortorella isn't satisfied with the franchise's longest postseason run since 1997.
He says ''we still have quite a bit to learn as far as the desperation, when you get to this third round.''
New York's season ended Friday with a 3-2 overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals.
It will take time...
John Tortorella discusses the Rangers' Game 5 loss and the team's back being to the wall heading back to Newark...
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Players know the Rangers are up against after the Blueshirts' 5-3 Game 5 loss...
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*stats based on playoffs.
Match-up - Devils (48 wins, 102 points) @ Rangers (51 wins, 109 points)
Road/Home records - 24-15-2 -------------- 27-12-2
TV - NBCSN (HD), CBC (HD), RDS (HD)
Puck drop - 8:00 PM ET
Series score - 2-2
Projected starting goalies - Martin Brodeur (NJ) vs. Henrik Lundqvist (NYR)
Battle of the stats
Goals for/against per game *
New York Rangers...
Facing a potentially catastrophic collapse at Madison Square Garden Wednesday night, the New Jersey Devils instead turned Game 5 into an inspirational victory and a 3-2 lead in the series. With a victory over the New York Rangers Friday at Prudential Center, the Devils would advance to the Stanley Cup Final against the Los Angeles Kings. "It's a good feeling,"...
The Los Angeles Kings await. But the New Jersey Devils still have some work to do. Sixth-seeded New Jersey is within one win of going back to the finals for the first time since the Devils won their third Stanley Cup in 2003. After blowing a 3-0 lead and then pulling out a 5-3 victory over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden Wednesday night, the Devils can wrap it up...
from Katie Strang of ESPN New York, The closest thing to a guarantee from the Rangers heading into a do-or-die Game 6 against the Devils on Friday?
Coach John Tortorella’s prediction about his star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist’s impending performance:
“He’ll play his best game tomorrow night,” Tortorella proclaimed.
A later line of questioning prompted Tortorella to...
Here are your post-elimination interviews from the players and head coach John Tortorella following last night's 3-2 OT loss to the Devils in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Break-up day for the Rangers will be on Monday. Stay tuned for my season eulogy and a whole lot of individual...
One of the characteristics that has defined this edition of the New York Rangers has been their collective buoyancy. With the Eastern Conference Final now a best-of-3, Rangers coach John Tortorella believes mental toughness will once again come to the forefront.
"We're one of four teams still playing," Tortorella said Tuesday afternoon following the Rangers' practice...
The LA Kings defeated the Phoenix Coyotes 4-3 in Overtime last night to win the Clarence Campbell Bowl that is awarded to the Western Conference Champions. The Kings won the Western Conference Final in 5 games & never really faced a challenge from the Pacific Division Champion Coyotes.
In the conference semi-finals, the Kings swept the Central Division Champion...
Whether the New York Rangers truly believed they could overcome a 3-2 playoff series deficit earlier this year doesn't matter now.
The Rangers did it against the pesky eighth-seeded Ottawa Senators in the first round, giving them confidence they can pull it off again against the formidable New Jersey Devils and reach the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in 18 years.