Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 5/9/12

MONTREAL - JANUARY 24: New Jersey Devils General Manager Lou Lamoriello speaks with the media at the NHL Board of Governors Meeting during the 2009 NHL All-Star weekend at Le Windsor on January 24, 2009 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
A day after making the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 2003, New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello was in a good mood. The long-time executive of a team that boasts 10 division titles and four conference championships was proud of his team and staff Wednesday, very proud. After missing the playoffs a year ago for the first time since 1996, New Jersey is back where many believe it belongs: Two rounds away from a fourth Stanley Cup. It knocked off Florida in seven games in the opening round and then totally outplayed Philadelphia in the second round in five games, wrapping up the series with a 3-1 win Tuesday night. The Devils are now awaiting the winner of the Capitals-Rangers series, which New York leads, 3-2.
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