May 25, 2012, 11:56 PM EDT
For the second straight postseason, a player in his first playoff run scored two series-clinching goals. Last year, Nathan Horton did it for the Boston Bruins while Adam Henrique managed that feat for the New Jersey Devils. Henrique even upped the stakes by making both overtime tallies, although one of Henrique’s came in a Game 6.
After the game, underrated Devils head coach Peter DeBoer provided rave reviews of the talented rookie.
“This kid is just right place, right time, all the time,” DeBoer said.
Henrique pounced on a rebound to beat Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers by 3-2 in OT and knocked the Florida Panthers in overtime after getting past their defense. He’s shown an enviable combination of hands, speed and savvy to find a prominent role despite going through his first NHL campaign.
If the Los Angeles Kings are smart, they might want to keep an eye on that “kid.”
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