Jeff Carter’s goal 13:42 into overtime in Game 2 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals was the second overtime win of the series for the Kings, and third straight overtime win overall, dating back to the Western Conference Finals. That puts the Devils in a 2-0 series hole, with the series shifting to Los Angeles for Games 3 and 4. It’s a deep hole to be in, but it isn’t over yet.
This is the first post of potentially 4 depicting what I had seen and heard from my seats at the 2012 Stanley Cup Final. Hope you all enjoy it.
I’m lucky enough where this is my 2nd Stanley Cup Final I’m able to be a part of as a season ticket holder. Talking it over with my friend Steve, we both said how this time around we are able to enjoy and appreciate it a lot more. We were STH rookies in 2003 so we just enjoyed the ride. Also being a part of the 3 finals in 4 years teams, it was almost expected. We knew nothing different. We were also 20 at the time. Now 9 years later and 9 years of heartache in April, we were able to soak it all in Wednesday night.
Stanley Cup Playoffs: Round 3
New Jersey Devils (8-4) vs. New York Rangers (8-6)
8:00 PM E.T.
TV: NBCSN, CBC
Radio: Bloomberg 1130 AM
Tonight is the first game of the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals. A familiar foe stands in the way of a Stanley Cup berth for the Devils this spring: the rival Rangers. The Devils and Rangers will re-new their bitter rivalry once again. The regular season series was pretty even, as all six games featured a score within one goal at some point in the third period, and each team won three of the six matchups. Winning this series is more than bragging rights, though. The winner of this series wins the Eastern Conference and will be four wins away from a championship.
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.
Three stars of the game:
3rd star: Patrik Elias (2 assists)
2nd star: Petr Sykora (Goal, assist)
1st star: Ilya Kovalchuk (Goal, 2 assists)
Let’s rewind two days. Entering Thursday night, the Devils were deprived of goal scoring. They had won just three of eight games, and scored two goals in the three wins. But after the shootout win over the Blackhawks on Tuesday, the Devils finally exploded against Tampa Bay. In the second period, they scored 4 times, added two more in the third period, and the Devils had themselves a 6-4 win over the Lightning. In that game, the Devils felt good about their game offensively, but Martin Brodeur did surrender four goals, and the Devils didn’t really play a strong defensive game. Perhaps Pete DeBoer just let them play wide open to boost their confidence. So they went down to Carolina and cleaned up the other part of their game. They played one of their better games all season, blasting the Hurricanes, 5-0, and the Devils clinch a playoff spot in style.
New Jersey Devils (43-28-6, 92 points) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (35-34-7, 77 points)
7:00 PM E.T.
Radio: WFAN 660 AM
This is the fourth and final meeting between the Devils and Lightning. As was the case with Toronto, the road team has won every game between these two teams this season, so the Devils will look to break that trend tonight. The Devils have had the Lightning’s number over the years, but a loss tonight would mean they did not win the season series against Tampa Bay. The Lightning won the most recent meeting, 4-3 on February 26th at Prudential Center, as Martin St. Louis scored a hat trick in the game. The Devils’ late comeback fell short that day.