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New Jersey Devils
The comparisons to 1994's Eastern Conference Finals were beginning to wear a little thin heading into Friday's Game 6 of the 2012 Eastern Conference finals. Yes, the Devils were leading 3-2 in the series with Game 6 at home, exactly 18 years after Mark Messier's "guarantee" that they would win Game 6 and send the series back to the Garden. Yes, Martin Brodeur was in goal both nights, but the similarities ended there. (In fact, Brodeur is the only player from that series still in the NHL).
Unlike 1994, there will be on trip back to the Garden, no soul-crushing overtime loss in Game 7 as the Devils exorcised their playoff demons, if you will, with a 3-2 victory Friday night, sealed by rookie Adam Henrique's overtime goal shortly after the puck dropped in the extra frame. The Devils advance to face Los Angeles in what should be an uptempo, physical series featuring several dynamic offensive players. It's certainly an improbable Cup final and the Devils...
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Martin Brodeur is back in the Stanley Cup finals at age 40.
After the New Jersey Devils missed the playoffs last season for the first time since 1996, the veteran goalie was under the microscope. But on Friday night, Brodeur made 33 saves to help the Devils defeat the rival New York Rangers 3-2 in overtime in Game 6 to advance to the Stanley Cup finals against the Los Angeles Kings...
Last night, the New Jersey Devils qualified for the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals, when they beat the New York Rangers 3-2 in overtime to win the Eastern Conference Finals 4-2. This is the first time in ten years that the Devils have qualified for the Cup Finals, and things have a very similar feel.The Devils will face an opponent from Southern California who will be trying to win their...
With the thought of the New Jersey Devils hoisting another Stanley Cup looking like a possibility more so than ever s nice advancing to the finals, the future of goaltender Martin Brodeur resurfaces.
The Vancouver Canucks and Roberto Luongo are in communication about what to do next season as far as where he plays. If the cards fall into place, the New Jersey Devils...
Maybe Martin Brodeur's old-age heroics in leading the New Jersey Devils to the Stanley Cup Finals has given Dominik Hasek a new sense of worth. The 47-year-old Czech goaltender isn't quite ready to say goodbye to the game he loves, telling Denik Sport that he is working hard to make a comback to professional hockey. Hasek has been in and out of retirement for the last 13...
Left to right: Mark Messier's famous guarantee; Stefan Matteau's Game 7 OT Winner from 1994; Devils goalie from then and now, Martin Brodeur
The signs and similarities are impossible to ignore. Eighteen years have passed, but as they were in the ’94 Eastern Conference Final, the New York Rangers are the #1 seed in the 2012 version. And they are again facing the New Jersey...
Martin Brodeur's Devils outlasted Henrik Lundqvist's Rangers to advance to the Stanley Cup Final. We wanted to know what the caption should be for this photo of the two netminders. Here's a look at Saturday's #NESNCaption Caption Contest. Chris Caulfield: "To be the man you have to beat the Man!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Gail Penny: "Man, you had a bug on...
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Kings turned the clock back to 1993 by punching their ticket back to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in nearly two decades. On Friday, the Devils made sure there were no shades of 1994. That year, the Rangers rallied from a 3-2 series deficit in the Eastern Conference Final against the Devils after Mark Messier guaranteed a New York victory. Messier...
And then there were two. With the Devils defeating the Rangers in Game 6 on Friday night, this year's Stanley Cup Final is set, and it should be an entertaining series. Both teams are in the midst of an improbable run, as few anticipated this championship showdown. The Devils entered the playoffs as the Eastern Conference's sixth seed. They flew way under the radar for most...
Eighteen years ago, Mark Messier set the stage for one of sports' most dramatic moments.
On the eve of the New York Rangers' must-win Game 6 against the Devils in New Jersey in the 1994 Eastern Conference finals, Messier guaranteed his team would force a deciding contest back at Madison Square Garden.
The Rangers not only won, Messier backed up his boast with a hat trick...
from Scott Burnside of ESPN, New Jersey Devils head coach Pete DeBoer recalls 1994 as a time when he still had hair.
Martin Brodeur, who played goal in what was one of the most dramatic playoff series of all time 18 years ago, recalls it as a time when no one knew his name or who he was.
New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella initially feigned ignorance at the significance...
Happy Memorial Day Weekend from us at The Program...we will have a special Sunday Night edition of the podcast on yes...Sunday. Remember to thank all our vets...alive and fallen.
Again thanks to all the true heroes that make it possible for all of us to do what we do. Before we head out, its time to unveil the Fantasy POTN from last night. This one is kind...
Facing a potentially catastrophic collapse at Madison Square Garden Wednesday night, the New Jersey Devils instead turned Game 5 into an inspirational victory and a 3-2 lead in the series. With a victory over the New York Rangers Friday at Prudential Center, the Devils would advance to the Stanley Cup Final against the Los Angeles Kings. "It's a good feeling,"...
*stats based on playoffs.
Match-up - Rangers (51 wins, 109 points) @ Devils (48 wins, 102 points)
Road/Home records - 24-12-5 -------------- 24-13-4
TV - NBCSN (HD), CBC (HD), RDS (HD)
Puck drop - 8:00 PM ET
Series score - 3-2 Devils
Projected starting goalies - Henrik Lundqvist (NYR) vs. Martin Brodeur (NJ)
Battle of the stats
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Reaching the Stanley Cup finals for the first time since 2003 is special enough on its own. But getting
there by beating the rival Rangers to get there has to make it even better for the Devils, who host the
Kings Wednesday night in Game 1 of the final round. On the 18th anniversary of the game Mark Messier guaranteed a Rangers win in Game 6 and then delivered
it with a hat...