As the saying goes, it's playing for the name on the front of the jersey, not the one on the back, that's most crucial for success in the NHL playoffs.
But in the case of the New Jersey Devils, it seems the additional letter on the front -- the "C" or "A" stitched into the upper left corner, just above the heart -- means a little something extra, too.
All postseason, head coach Pete DeBoer has pleaded for his leaders to embrace the spotlight, expressing on multiple occasions the importance of his star players being just that. On Thursday, he got what he asked for, and in a big way.
New Jersey got a goal each from captain Zach Parise and alternate captains Ilya Kovalchuk and Patrik Elias, with Kovalchuk also adding two assists -- the second coming on Alexi Ponikarovsky's game-winning goal in overtime -- as the Devils grabbed a 4-3 win over the Flyers and took a 2-1 series lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal.
"Your best players have to be your best players," DeB...