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Eastern Conference Finals Game 6 Preview: Devils Ready to Make Their Own History

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Eastern Conference Finals

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Round 3
New York Rangers at New Jersey Devils
8:00 P.M. ET
Radio: Bloomberg 1130 AM

If you told me last year that the New Jersey Devils would be one win away from advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals, I would have told you that you were crazy.  Fast forward one year and here we are, one win away from the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 2003.  To say this isn’t a big deal is an understatement. This is HUGE for this franchise!

If you remember correctly, the last two games I’ve called out Zach Parise and Patrik Elias and they both decided to show up. Parise has five points in his last two games and Elias scored a goal on Wednesday so while we’ll be looking for those two players to continue to step it up, it’s now time for Ilya Kovalchuk to come through.

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ECF Game 4 Recap: The Captain steps up and MB30 sets another record

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Eastern Conference Finals

Three stars of the game:

3rd star: Bryce Salvador (1 goal, 1 assist)

2nd star: Martin Brodeur (28 saves)

1st star: Zach Parise (2 goals, 1 assist)

It’s funny what a difference two days can make.  On Saturday afternoon, the Devils played a decent all-around game, but you need to outscore your opponent to win games (at least that’s the only known way to win as far as I know), and the Devils couldn’t beat Henrik Lundqvist on Saturday.  Two days and a few tweaks to the lineup later, the Devils tied the series once again with the Rangers in a strong, 4-1 victory at the Prudential Center in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

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ECSF Game 2 Recap: Larsson in, Devils win…simple math?!

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 2, New Jersey Devils vs Philadelphia Flyers

(headline by @jmanagh08)

Honorable mention headlines:

“Devils commit grand Larsson-y on Flyers” (@tlund625), also got a “Grand Larsson-y” from (@WhatTheDevils)

“Up and Adam” (@NoQualms11)

Three stars of the game:

3rd star: Zach Parise (Assist, 4 shots)

2nd star: David Clarkson (Goal, 3 shots)

1st star: Ilya Bryzgalov (31 saves)

One thing we’ve learned about the Devils so far in the playoffs is that they’re going to respond to adversity with resilience.  They responded to a difficult loss in Game 3 against Florida with a 4-0 shutout win in Game 4, they then responded to a shutout loss in Game 5 by winning Game 6 in overtime and then surviving Florida’s heroic third period comeback in Game 7 when Adam Henrique won the game in double-overtime.  They faced another challenge after Game 1.  Not only did they drop the game in overtime, they lost their leading point and goal scorer for Game 2, as Ilya Kovalchuk battles an apparent lower-body injury.  Once again, the Devils battled their way to a 4-1 victory over the Flyers in Game 2 to even the best-of-seven Conference Semifinals with Philadelphia.

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ECSF Game 1 Recap: Some OT and some controversy; Devils drop Game 1

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 2, New Jersey Devils vs Philadelphia Flyers

Three stars of the game:

3rd star: Zach Parise (Goal, assist)

2nd star: James van Riemsdyk (Goal)

1st star: Danny Briere (2 goals)

The Devils were fresh off their dramatic Game 7 double-overtime win late Thursday night (and into Friday morning) while the Flyers had about a week off since knocking off the Penguins in their first round series.  The long layoff for the Flyers initially worked against them, as the Devils got off to a tremendous start.  They dominated the Flyers for much of the opening period, and were outshooting them, 11-0 at one point in the period.  It took all of 3:16 to open the scoring.  Flyers rookie Matt Read coughed the puck up to Patrik Elias behind the Flyers’ net and Elias centered to Zach Parise, and Parise beat Ilya Bryzgalov between the pads.  Bryzgalov, however, made strong saves on Patrik Elias’ quick shot from the slot, a chance by Travis Zajac and a shot by Petr Sykora on the newly formed third line.  The Devils failed on their only power play of the period, although it did generate four shots on goal.  They outshot Philly, 15-6 in the first period, but were unable to score a second goal.  Another bright spot for the Devils in the first period was that they killed off both Flyers’ power plays after struggling in the first round against Florida.

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Stanley Cup Playoffs – Game #6 Preview – Florida Panthers vs. New Jersey Devils

Stanley Cup Playoffs Round One, New Jersey Devils vs Florida Panthers

Stanley Cup Playoffs
Florida Panthers vs. New Jersey Devils
7:30 PM E.T.
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”.

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ECQF Game 4 Recap: Closed-deur

Stanley Cup Playoffs Round One, New Jersey Devils vs Florida Panthers

(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)

Game summary:

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.”

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