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.”
- Big money: Tarasenko signs eight-year, $60 million extension with Blues 75
- Blackhawks extend TVR through 2017-18 3
- Good start: McDavid scores five in Oilers scrimmage 33
- Caps ink Kuznetsov to two-year, $6 million extension 9
- Bruins sign three — Hayes, Connolly, and DeFazio 12
- Babcock expects Kadri to be ‘an elite player’ 15
- No expansion bid expected from Kansas City 37
- Leafs sign Matthias — one year, $2.3 million 17
- Report: Kopitar, Kings in ‘early stages of negotiations’ for extension 12
- Arbitration filed: Holtby, Nyquist & Stepan highlight list released by NHLPA 15
- Blockbuster: Kessel traded to the Penguins (131)
- Expansion process underway as NHL sends out applications (94)
- Big money: Tarasenko signs eight-year, $60 million extension with Blues (75)
- Sabres lock up O’Reilly through 2022-23 (74)
- Trade: Caps acquire Oshie from Blues for Brouwer, Copley and draft pick (73)