This will not be your typical recap, because this was not your typical game. Well, actually.
By all rhyme and reason, this was your average New Jersey game. They obtained a two-goal lead by absolutely dominating the first, then blew it by allowing the Rangers to gather momentum after a rush on the power play. The second and third periods belonged to the Rangers, but it wasn’t enough to get the puck past Brodeur.
The game went to overtime. Devils fans clutched at their hearts and poked needles into their voodoo dolls of the year 1994.
The game went to overtime, but our rookie won it for us this time. 1:03 into the extra period. Adam Henrique, doing it again. The final score: 3-2.
New Jersey Devils Game 6 Stats:
- Ryan Carter scoring his 4th of the post season from Gionta and Bernier, proving that the fourth line can (and will) strike again.
- Ilya Kovalchuk scoring a power play goal off a beautiful passing play, assisted by Zubrus and Clarkson. His 7th goal and 11th assist puts him into first place for points in these playoffs.
- Adam Henrique, showing determination by sliding the puck across the goal line behind Lundqvist for his 3rd post season goal, the clincher for a LAKxNJD Stanley Cup Final.
- The Rangers outshot the Devils 35-26 during regulation.
But never mind that stuff. Analysis comes later (after I stop crying). Let’s celebrate, Devils fans. This was an excellent series. It was some great hockey and occasionally some bad hockey, but I don’t think anyone can deny that this team is something special in their affection and care for each other, in their depth and their balance and in the way they want to win it all.
We’ll see more terrific hockey, and it will all start with a home game next Wednesday against the Los Angeles Kings.
Swarm it up, Devils. Swarm it up.