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Discuss: Devils win in OT to force Game 7

Apr 24, 2012, 10:29 PM EDT

NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 24: Scottie Upshall #19 of the Florida Panthers collides with Anton Volchenkov #28 of the New Jersey Devils in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Prudential Center on April 24, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Getty Images

Scott Clemmensen made some mistakes, but he was probably the best goaltender on the ice tonight. However, that wasn’t enough as the New Jersey Devils earned a 3-2 overtime victory over the Florida Panthers. Unlike the Western Conference, where only one series even went to six games, three of the four Eastern Conference series will feature a Game 7.

  • Here’s a bizarre fact, this is the first time in this series that neither team took a 3-0 lead.
  • The Panthers were certainly economical with their shots on goal through 40 minutes. They were outshot 29-10 through two periods, but still went into the third tied 2-2.
  • Brian Campbell has been remarkably good when it comes to staying out of the sin bin, but with his team already down a man, he accidentally committed a delay of game penalty. Fortunately for Campbell, the Devils were anemic in that power-play attempt.
  • There’s going to be lots of talk about how long the Florida Panthers have waited to win a playoff series, but if the Devils survive Game 7, then it’ll be their first series win since 2007.
  1. scottfmullin - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    Panthers need more shots, puck possession. Devils employed a trap pretty much all game, which is lame.

    • barkar942 - Apr 24, 2012 at 11:22 PM

      That is all the Devils know how to do. If they don’t trap, Marty can look like an average goalie!

      • mj2sexay - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:25 AM

        Lol. Sounds like someones grapes are sour.

    • rugtiestheroom - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:08 AM

      are you aware nobody has used the trap since the NHL eliminated the two-line pass? or are you just a bitter ranger or flyer fan who stares with awe at our 3 cups?

  2. barkar942 - Apr 24, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    Wow- once again this post has been up for 50 minutes, and only one comment! Do the fans of the Devils and the Panthers even know about

    • scottfmullin - Apr 24, 2012 at 11:51 PM

      Only Flyer fans read, apparently

  3. howardforvezina - Apr 24, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    COME ON WIN, PANTHERS! (Wings fan) :)

  4. checkforecheck - Apr 24, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    Hmm…those top comments seem like they’re right out of 2002. Keep thinking its all a trap, its funny when you look like a moron.

    (Not even like playing a trap would be a bad thing, it wins. But jump into the current decade and get a clue.)

    • chill1184 - Apr 24, 2012 at 11:51 PM

      Your asking a troll to think critically, clearly you realize that thats a pointless exercise.

      • scottfmullin - Apr 24, 2012 at 11:53 PM

        I’m a troll for saying the Panthers needed more shots? What is your definition of a troll?

      • checkforecheck - Apr 25, 2012 at 12:26 AM

        I’ve learned my lesson, that’s for sure.

      • checkforecheck - Apr 25, 2012 at 12:35 AM


        We were talking about the trap stuff, which is false. The Devils don’t have the personnel for it, and haven’t for years. In fact, not many teams do anymore. A speedy forward can break a trap fairly easily nowadays. Its just assumed they still run it, which makes people think they either don’t understand it, or aren’t watching the game. They actually run a more aggressive D than previous years, hence the run of shorthanded goals this season.

        All that doesn’t come as a team fan, just as understanding plays in hockey. Yes, the panthers needed more shots. Should have stuck with that.

  5. carpediaz - Apr 25, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    Panthers fan here. Clem makes me nervous for the simple fact we lost to them 4-0 and you can tell he’s jittery. He played well throughout the 3rd period, we were playing well, I never would have thought it’d end like that. I’m excited for game 7 being that it’s at home. We want it bad. I believe in our team. I’m elated yet bummed.

  6. carpediaz - Apr 25, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    I can’t help but think Theo would have won it.. this loss is gonna haunt me. I hope we avenge it.

  7. joshuakorr - Apr 25, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    I like how there are more panthers fans than devils fans commenting! Go panthers!

    • mercyflush - Apr 25, 2012 at 6:38 AM

      I don’t think there are more Devils and Panthers fans commenting because I don’t think there are more Devils and Panthers fans out there.

  8. martysbetter - Apr 25, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    There’s only one computer with internet access in New Jersey, so we all have to share, its run by a mouse on a wheel, sometimes it gets tired and needs a rest – just wanted to clear up the lack of comments.

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