When the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils meet tonight in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, it will mark a rematch 18 years later of one of the great series in Stanley Cup Playoff history.
En route to their first Cup in 54 years, the Rangers needed seven games to get past the Devils in a series that included three double overtime games. Games 3 and 7 were both double-overtime matches, with the Rangers Stephane Matteau emerging as a folk hero who provided the game-winning goal in each.
At the time, Bobby Holik was 23 and in the fourth season of what would be an 18-year career as a center in which he won the Stanley Cup twice, both with the Devils. He scored 13 goals in 70 games that season and finished a plus-28 and was a member of the Crash Line with Randy McKay and Mike Peluso that often received the assignment of neutralizing the oppositions best lines comes playoff time, a feat it was able to perform with some regularity over the years.
Holik, who runs his own Web...