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Discuss: Devils top Rangers, punch ticket to Stanley Cup finals

May 25, 2012, 10:54 PM EDT

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Here’s a scenario few probably pictured going into the season: the New Jersey Devils will host the Los Angeles Kings to kick off the 2012 Stanley Cup finals. Adam Henrique scored his second Game 7 overtime series-clinching goal to give the Devils a 3-2 OT victory against the New York Rangers, taking the Eastern Conference finals 4-2.

Let’s get to the talking points.

  • So, is Zach Parise going to be a Devil for life or what? (Come on, you thought about it, too.)
  • Brad Richards had a golden opportunity for a 3-2 goal with a bunch of open net to shoot at and instead fired it into Martin Brodeur‘s chest in the third period. Will that missed chance haunt Richards and the Rangers?
  • The Devils coughed up a 3-0 and 2-0 lead in the last two games but ultimately won both. Is that a sign that New York was worn out or just that New Jersey was better when it mattered?
  • What, if any, changes do the Rangers need to make during this off-season?
  • Let’s move on for a second: what are the Devils’ chances against the Kings? It should be an aggressive and exciting series – and likely the biggest test for Brodeur in quite some time.
  1. dawglb - May 25, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    Beat LA! Beat LA! Beat LA!

  2. bigzant82 - May 25, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    lol the NETs move to BK and devils go to the finals
    bring it too NJ

  3. vindicatus - May 25, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    LET’S GO, DEVILS!!!!!!

    Coming for YOU, Kings!!!

  4. chill1184 - May 25, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    Wait Rangers in seven right? OH wait your out of games! HA HA HA HA!

    You cant beat Brodeur!

    Oh and the Devils give a nice big finger to the Ranger kiss asses in the media!

    Hey Philly and Pittsburgh! You guys have a buddy on the couch!

    Bring on the Kings!

  5. devilscup950003 - May 25, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    94,94 blah,blah,blah……keith jones and melrose eat your words you hacks!!!!!!!!Great game a little nerve racking but on to play for the cup!Lets go devils!!!!!!!!

  6. highlander24 - May 25, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    Can’t wait to play you New Jersey!!!! GO KINGS GO!!!!

    • chill1184 - May 25, 2012 at 11:14 PM

      Same here LA, we’re going to give the NHL one hell of a series.

  7. throwmetheidol - May 25, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Amazing!! Not only are my Devils playing for the Stanley Cup. They knocked out the Rangers. Doesn’t get better than this. I know the Kings series is gonna be tough. But I think this is our year. 😀

  8. njdevil46 - May 25, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Yeah Yeah Yeah! Way to go Devils. The poor announcers and post game analysts sounded like they were at at funeral because the Rangers lost….F THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • cuffhimbanano - May 26, 2012 at 12:47 AM

      The poor announcers? You mean the guy who spent 21 seasons calling Devils’ games sounded like he was down because the Rangers lost?

  9. scotia54 - May 25, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    I can’t WAIT to see Tortorella’s post game conference! Smug SOB!!! As a Boston fan, I am loving that the Devils kick some New York butt!
    It’s going to be a great Series!

  10. quonce - May 25, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    Beat LA!

    What a magical run. Henrique for Calder. Only one playing in the playoffs. No rookie more valuable to his team. I get RNH and Landeskog out pointed him, but the only reason Henrique was in the lineup was because Zajac was down almost entire season. Playoffs don’t count for voting, but the world is seeing how much this kid means to the Devils success.

    2 more quick takes:

    1) Kovy worth every penny this year

    2) Brodeur is still the greatest goalie to ever play the game and showed it this series! Queen Henrik doesn’t even come close.

    Beat LA!

  11. danphipps01 - May 25, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    Soooo… Parise’s gonna sign with who, again? The Wings, the first team out this year? The ‘Canes, who weren’t even vaguely close to making it in? Wait. I have a thought. How about he resigns with a team that’s gone to the Cup finals recently?

    You know, like the one he’s the captain of. This playoff run has more or less erased any chance he’s moving out. The Devils are giving him the best possible shot at the Cup. He isn’t gonna downgrade from there.

    • getadealdonealready - May 25, 2012 at 11:39 PM

      First let’s enjoy this run, but remember Parise want’s to be where he can win long term, The cupboard is bare A.B. (after Brodeur). As much as I hate to say it, I don’t think winning a cup guarantees that he stays. I personally am going to enjoy this run, and beating the doucey rangers squad, figure out the Kings, hold the cup, and worry about contract stuff in the off-season!

    • sportsfreak13 - May 26, 2012 at 10:07 AM

      Winning the cup doesnt change the devils cap situation. Also rarely do you see a team repeat as national champs. IF you win it this year that doesnt even guarantee youll even make the playoffs next year. Look at the most recent cup champs and i bet their fans were saying the same thing during the offseason after they won it all, yet all of them have been first round exits in the later years. Enjoy the moment but dont be foolish enough to think it will last forever. Not many goalies play the puck like brodeur and when hes gone that will call for a system tweak on the defensive side bc dmen will have to retrieve pucks then. Dont count your chickens before their hatched.

  12. nicknyhc - May 25, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    …..and all of a sudden everyone from Jersey is a hockey fan. LOLZZZZ

    • chill1184 - May 25, 2012 at 11:48 PM

      Yea because the Rangers never have band-wagoners right? LOL

      • nicknyhc - May 26, 2012 at 8:46 PM

        Every team has bandwagon fans when they’re winning, the difference is most teams’ bandwagon fans don’t out number the true fans.

  13. oquintero99 - May 25, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    This could be Marty’s last season if he wins the Cup! Great swan song if he does!

  14. mydadyourmom - May 26, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    Henrique my balls.

  15. ningenito78 - May 26, 2012 at 1:23 AM

    Wait a minute. Am I the only one that noticed the guy that wrote this article said ‘Henrique scored his second game 7 OT goal of the postseason’? I know I’m no hockey afficianado but wasn’t that just Game 6? Did he mean in his career?

    • sportsfreak13 - May 26, 2012 at 10:25 AM

      Henrique is a rookie so he didnt mean in his career. Your right though this was a game 6, but i give the writer a pass because that game did feel like a game 7, and they have to write this stuff quickly after the game is over (not a real good chance to proof read).

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