Back in December of 2011, I got the chance to chat with Ken Daneyko. The interview was interesting as I didn’t ask him the usual questions he gets as a former Stanley Cup Champion. There was no hockey involved in the questions, at all. I wanted to get him to open up so that Devils Army could get to know him better.
Earlier this week, NHL on NBC Analyst, and former NHL Head Coach, Pierre McGuire was at the AmeriHealth Pavilion to take part in a photo shoot for (201) Magazine. I got the chance to ask Pierre a few questions about what his last meal on Earth would be, what’s “now playing” on his iPod, and how he relaxes after a hard day.
If you can’t see the video above, you can watch it here.
This isn’t the way I was hoping to prepare my final recap of the season. I was hoping that we’d be celebrating something incredible on Wednesday night, but clearly, it was not meant to be this season. After a pair of hard-fought victories by the Devils in Games 4 and 5, their season and the NHL season came to an abrupt halt on Monday night, as the Kings won their first Stanley Cup championship in their nearly half-century of existence. Here’s how it all went down on Monday.
New Jersey Devils (12-8) at Los Angeles Kings (14-2)
8:00 PM E.T.
TV: NBC Sports Network
Radio: WFAN 660 AM
The first two games of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals haven’t gone the Devils’ way. That isn’t something that an expert analyst has to tell you. The Devils dropped Games 1 and 2 at home, both by identical 2-1 overtime finals, with Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter scoring goals in the extra period for the Kings. If you look at the 2-0 series deficit that the Devils now face and the seemingly insurmountable task of defeating the Kings four out of five times to win the Stanley Cup, especially considering the Kings’ 14-2 record in the playoffs, there’s little reason for optimism, but in fact, there is much more reason to believe than those numbers might dictate. If you’re in the mood for an optimistic view on the series, read on. If you don’t feel like being optimistic, you probably shouldn’t read on.
(The 3 stars were all Rangers, so we’ll just skip that)
This feels all too familiar. The Devils dropped Game 1 of a series against a rival. In fact, it happened quite recently. Don’t expect the Devils to steamroll over the Rangers as they did to the Flyers, though. The Rangers showed no signs of fatigue in a 3-0 win over the Devils on Monday. It was a game of missed opportunity for the Devils, as they failed to score on Henrik Lundqvist. They’ll now look to bounce back Wednesday night and bring the series back to New Jersey, tied 1-1.
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.