SUNRISE, Fl. No one figured the New Jersey-Florida series would end like this a double-overtime Game 7 thriller.
But when New Jersey rookie Adam Henrique scored his second goal of the night at 3:47 of the second overtime, he delivered his Devils a 3-2 Game 7 victory over Florida at the BankAtlantic Center, and everything seemed to make sense again.
"Someone had to be a hero, right?" he asked. "Why not me?"
Actually, it was a shocker Game 7, and this gritty series, got to such a dramatic stage.
The Devils, a historically good penalty-killing team, allowed nine power-play goals in the series. That was a mind-blower.
But also consider the lackluster Florida Panthers appeared dead in Thursday's Game 7 when they limped into the third period with a 2-0 deficit. Things were going so badly the home crowd booed the Panthers when the period ended.
That's when the memorable part of this game began and things stopped making sense.
Florida, making its first playoff appearance since 2000...