Originally written on Rotowire  |  Last updated 11/20/14

NEWARK, NJ - JANUARY 31: Martin Brodeur #30 of the New Jersey Devils skates against the Los Angeles Kings at the Prudential Center on January 31, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. The Kings defeated the Devils 3-2. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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' presence in it is probably the...
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