Devils rookie Adam Henrique was 4 years old in 1994, when New Jersey blew a 3-2 lead in games to New York in the Eastern Conference final, allowing the rival Rangers to continue on a Stanley Cup run while the Devils and their fans seethed -- or wept -- from across the Hudson.
The Devils have seen better days in the wake of that '94 heartbreak, winning three Stanley Cups in the 18 years since, the first coming the following year.
Still, despite all of the success New Jersey has found over the past two decades, there's always been something of a score to settle with their cross-river rivals -- and Henrique was the guy who finally exorcised those demons.
There he was at the Prudential Center on Friday night, poking and prodding at Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist in overtime. There he was, scoring the game-winner 1:03 into the extra period to give the Devils a 3-2 Game 6 victory over New York, eliminating the top-seeded Rangers and sending the Devils to their first Stanley Cup Final ...