Game Time: 7:30 PM
Radio: Bloomberg 1130 AM
The New Jersey Devils (15-11-8) visit the Florida Panthers (10-19-6) for the first and only time this season, and for the first time since Henrique’s double OT goal sent them packing in last year’s playoffs. This is the second game between these two in the last week, as the Panthers visited Newark in a 2-1 win for the Devils. Jersey’s team will be hoping their effort will turn into more positive results, as their last two games have been shootout losses. The Panthers, whose playoff hopes have been long gone, will surely be up for this one as they would love to avenge not only the loss earlier in the week, but get some sort of revenge against the team that knocked them out of the playoffs last year.
For the first time since their exciting 7-game series in the 2012 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, the New Jersey Devils (14-11-6) will square off against the Florida Panthers (9-16-6) at the Prudential Center Saturday evening. The Devils will look to continue their strong performance, after a commanding 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night, while the Florida Panthers will look to add to a current 2-game winning streak as they claw their way back into the Eastern Conference standings.
3rd star: Jose Theodore (Panthers – 33 saves)
2nd star: Martin Brodeur (43 saves)
1st star: Adam Henrique (2 goals, including game-winning double-overtime goal)
Stanley Cup Playoffs
New Jersey Devils vs. Florida Panthers
8:30 PM E.T.
TV: MSG Plus (HD), NHLN-US, NBCSN (JIP), TSN, RDSI, FS-F
Radio: WFAN 660 or SiriusXM 212
Well, here we are again folks. Another elimination game, but this time in a Game 7 and this time, for BOTH teams. It is all on the line tonight, which means that everything will have to be brought to the table. There will be no more excuses and no more chances after tonight as one team WILL be going home. So let’s hope that the Devils can build off the momentum from Tuesday’s thrilling overtime victory in Game 6.
(headline by @Bcallow_74)
Three stars of the game:
3rd star: Steve Bernier (Goal)
2nd star: Sean Bergenheim (Goal)
1st star: Travis Zajac (Overtime goal, assist)
The playoffs are not for the faint of heart. There can be a roller-coaster of emotions within minutes. That could be said for tonight’s Game 6 between the Devils and Panthers. The home team put on a dominating performance for much of Game 6, but an old friend, who was an unscheduled starter, Scott Clemmensen, made it a closer game than perhaps it should have been. The Devils, though sloppy at times, played a passionate and desperate Game 6, and got a clutch goal from Travis Zajac 5:39 into the first overtime to win 3-2 and send the series back to Florida for a win-or-go-home Game 7 on Thursday night.
Serendipity. No, I don’t mean a dessert stop across the river or a John Cusack movie. Literally, it’s a happy accident, two seeming unrelated things that combined into one funny occurrence – and that, Devils fans, is what happened to me recently.
You see, the Devils digital marketing director @WillCarafello decided to a wear a bowtie for good luck to Game 4 of the Devils playoff series against the Florida Panthers. I’ve been informed it was more likely that Mrs. Carafello made this executive decision, but what a choice it was because on that Thursday night last week Will’s bowtie saw the Devils blank the Panthers four nothing. I had told him on the concourse of the Prudential Center before the puck dropped that if we won I would also don the bowtie of luck for Game 6. Being a man of my word, my bowtie made the trip to the Rock last night.
In a completely unrelated storyline the now infamous President of the Panthers, Mr. @PanthersYormark, decided to get into some internet altercations with several Devils fans after accusing the Devils Army of throwing rats in Florida. One of these fans was a Devils General (@cj255devs) who he told to “get off twitter” and he went calling out other members of the Devils Army – which include the now heavily followed and suite connoisseur @LaurenAshley07. For more information about that story, check out NJ.com’s article on it.
I truly believe that the Devils showed who the classier organization is throughout this whole interaction. And it’s only natural that the old-fashion classy gentlemen showed up in bowties.
Ahh, sweet serendipity arrives! The happy accident that Will and I planned on wearing bowties for good luck at the same time we needed to show a little extra class. So when you’re thinking about a silly rallying point for Game 7 and beyond we’re encouraging everyone to class it up. Come out to the Devils Viewing Party at the Rock with a bowtie and a jersey, and stay classy New Jersey.
Stanley Cup Playoffs
Florida Panthers vs. New Jersey Devils
7:30 PM E.T.
TV: MSG Plus (HD), NBCSN, TSN, RDS
Radio: Bloomberg 1130AM or SiriusXM 92
Here we are, Game 6 of this series and the Devils are down 3-2. This is a game of necessities for New Jersey as there is NO tomorrow should they lose tonight. So with that said, the Devils NEED to do everything in their power to win this game. They need to skate hard, crash the net and they need to put the “biscuit in the basket”.
I won’t waste time with a clever headline or three stars after this game. We know what happened. The Devils got outplayed by the home team and simply didn’t do enough to score goals on a goaltender who had a very fragile confidence after shaking outings in Games 1 and 3. They didn’t test Jose Theodore enough and now they’re on the brink of having their season end on Tuesday in New Jersey. What went wrong? That’s what I’ll attempt to do coming up.
(headline by @imraiv)
Three stars of the game:
3rd star: Stephen Gionta (assist)
2nd star: Zach Parise (goal)
1st star: Martin Brodeur (26-save shutout)
The Devils showed a lot of resiliency and character as they bounced back from a tough loss in Game 3 by playing a very tight-checking game that Jacques Lemaire would be proud of. They had a brilliant night on special teams, as the power play produced two goals and the penalty kill was a perfect 6-for-6. They also played their best all-around game of the series and got their best goaltending performance of the series, as Martin Brodeur stopped 26 shots en route to his new NHL record 24th career playoff shutout. The Devils won Game 4 by a 4-0 final, tying the series in the process, and they won the game by playing “Devils hockey.”
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Game 4 (Florida leads series, 2-1)
7:00 PM E.T.
TV: MSG Plus (local), NHL Network (U.S. outside New York market), TSN2 (Canada), RDSi (International)
Radio: WFAN 660 AM
It’s been a series of surges so far. Neither team has put together the preverbial “60 minute effort” yet, but both teams have had periodic surges. The Devils’ main surges came in the first periods of Games 1 and 3, as well as the first period of Game 2. The Florida Panthers have played a more balanced and complete game in the series, which has to be concerning for the Devils, who were the better regular season team. The Panthers have benefited from balanced scoring and a lethal power play in the series. Sean Bergeheim, “Mr. April,” and Mikael Samuelsson each have four points in four games so far. The Devils don’t have anyone with more than two points, but they’ve scored 3, 2 and 3 goals in the first three games, but they haven’t been able to put together enough winning efforts so far. This Game 4 is crucial towards the rest of the series. If the Devils win, the series is tied, and the Devils would have a chance to take a 3-2 series lead in Florida, but dropping Game 4 would put them in a 3-1 deficit, with Florida having a chance to potentially close the series out in Game 5.