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NEWARK -- It has been quite the rookie season for the New Jersey’s Adam Henrique, culminating in a chance to win the Stanley Cup.Henrique has quickly made himself known in the playoffs scoring two series-winning goals for the Devils. In the first round he scored the winning goal in overtime of Game 7 against the Florida Panthers; in the Eastern Conference Finals, he scored 1:03 into overtime against the New York Rangers to claim the series in Game 6. All of this comes on the heels of a strong regular season in which Henrique had 16 goals and 51 points in 74 games, earning a nomination for the Calder Trophy in the process. The rookie attributes his quick maturation to the players he has had around him and the organization treating him right since Day 1. “When I first came in everybody treated me very well,” Henrique told reporters. “The staff helped me go out tremendously and all the players in the room have been great to me throughout the whole year. There is a big reason why my year went so well, and playing with Zach [Parise] and [Ilya Kovalchuk] and learning from guys like that definitely helps out as a young guy. It takes the pressure off me and I just go out there and play.” Henrique has enjoyed his rookie campaign, saying it’s been his goal to play in the NHL since the first time he put skates on.“Every kid wants to play in the NHL. Every kid dreams of scoring those big goals and playing in the Stanley Cup Final, winning games,” Henrique said. “I think not a lot of people expected me to be at the point where I am,” he added. “I’ve always been confident in my game. I’ve always seen myself playing here and being a part of this team and being a big part of this team contributing any way I can.” Indeed Henrique, a third-round pick in 2008, has made his mark on the Devils in a very big way. He has tallied 11 points and a plus-9 rating thus far in the playoffs. His contributions have helped New Jersey get back to the Cup Final, and they will be needed once again here against the Kings. “This is the biggest prize in the world,” Henrique said, referring to the Stanley Cup. “We’re here now and we got to stay focused and keep playing hard and keep moving forward. At the same time it’s important to enjoy it.” Photo credit: Getty Images
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Aside from ocean views, Newark, New Jersey and Los Angeles, California have nothing in common. L.A. has smog. Newark has snow. L.A. has seven professional sports teams (including the Anaheim teams and USC football). Newark has one. L.A. has bleach-blonde toeheads. Newark has gorilla juiceheads. There are no commonalities. There is no rivalry. There is no hatred...
It was the lamentation of a man who was forced to admit a hard truth to himself.
"It would have been nice to get a bounce but I don't believe we deserved to win tonight," coach Pete DeBoer said a few minutes after his New Jersey Devils dropped Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final to the Los Angeles Kings, 2-1, in overtime at The Prudential Center.
Anze Kopitar's seventh...
from Mark Everson of the NY Post, If the Devils win four more games, the $100 Million Man will be proved worth every ruble. And imagine someone picking New Jersey over Los Angeles.
The Devils’ Ilya Kovalchuk gamble is threatening to pay off with an early and unexpected jackpot. The Stanley Cup finals open tomorrow in Newark when the Kings visit the Devils, and Kovalchuk leads...
Two summers ago, Ilya Kovalchuk was the biggest prize on the NHL free-agent market, and the New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings went head to head for his services -- a battle the Devils eventually won when they signed the superstar left-winger to a 15-year, $100 million contract.
These days, it's nothing if not fitting that the road to the first Stanley Cup championship...
Check this out, former Fighting Sioux and current New Jersey Devils forward Zach Parise is a hot commodity off the ice as well as two reporters almost end up slugging it out over positioning at the press conference.
Here is a great description of the incident from via Jill Painter of Inside the Kings,
There was a big scrum around Devils winger Zach Parise, and Parise almost...
Mark Fayne knew the puck was heading his way and he knew Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick was out of position.
When the New Jersey defenseman went to fire a rebound into a seemingly wide-open net, an untimely bounce off the unsettled ice turned a potential go-ahead goal midway through the third period into another dose of frustration for the Eastern Conference champions.
If the Devils are going to win their fourth Stanley Cup, one would think they will have to be better offensively than they were in their overtime loss to the Kings in the first game of the Stanley Cup final Wednesday night. New Jersey mustered only 17 shots on Jonathan Quick in 68:13 of hockey as the Kings, kings of the road in these playoffs, took a 2-1 victory. Game 2 is Saturday...
Devils goalie Martin Brodeur with teammate Ilya Kovalchuk
An unlikely stage is set for this year’s Stanley Cup as two long shots will face off for a chance to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup. The New Jersey Devils take on the Los Angeles Kings in this year’s final as 6th and 8th seeds, respectively.
It’s the fifth trip for the Devils in their team history, coming away as champions...
via Jill Painter of Inside the Kings, There was a big scrum around Devils winger Zach Parise, and Parise almost had to break up a fight between reporters. The two men were jockeying for position with their tape recorder and microphone, respectively, when one yelled ``Stop it!’’ while Parise was talking.
The reporter smacked his notebook against the microphone, then used the...
NEWARK -- Hockey has been considered Canada’s game, but U.S. hockey has slowly been making inroads.
When the puck drops tonight in Newark two American born captains will be on the ice for each squad, a rarity in the Stanley Cup Finals. Zach Parise, the captain of the Devils, may be best known by the casual fan for his game tying shot in the gold medal game against Canada in...
The NHL came this close to having two major American markets meet up in the Stanley Cup Final. The New Jersey Devils apparently do not care about what may be best for the league. When the Devils knocked out the New York Rangers on Friday night, they erased any chance of having a Cup Final matchup between the Los Angeles Kings and the Rangers. That would not only given a chance to...
*stats based on playoffs.
Match-up - Kings (12-2) @ Devils (12-6)
Road/Home records*- 8-0 -------------- 6-2
TV - NBCSN (HD), CBC (HD), RDS (HD)
Puck drop - 8:00 PM ET
Series score - 0-0
Projected starting goalies - Jonathan Quick (LA) vs. Martin Brodeur (NJ)
Battle of the stats
Goals for/against per game *
Los Angeles - 2.93 / 1.57
New Jersey - 2.83 / 2.33
Without offending fans of the Kings, try to imagine this: The New Jersey Devils could win the Stanley Cup Finals, and in that aftermath, banks could seize the club and sell it. Think about that: In New Jersey… the Stanley Cup Champion…. seized and sold.
This is the NHL’s biggest issue off the rink. While the league itself sees in-roads with sponsorships, broadcast deals...
STANLEY CUP FINAL GAME #1
LA KINGS 40-27-1595 pts, 8th in Western Conference, 13th in NHLvsNEW JERSEY DEVILS48-28-6102 pts, 6th in Eastern Conference, 9th in NHL
Devils Won Season Series 2-0
5:00pm, Prudential CenterNewark, New JerseyNBC
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