It felt a lot like 1994 on Friday night, with the Devils and the Rangers heading to New Jersey to avoid elimination in the Eastern Conference Finals. As it turns out, it’s a good thing that the Rangers’ captain didn’t offer up any guarantees this time around, because he would have been sorely mistaken.
1) Adam Henrique, New Jersey Devils – Henrique scored what might be the biggest goal of his young career on Friday night, tallying the game-winning tally just 1:03 into overtime to send the New Jersey Devils to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 2003. Ilya Kovalchuk also had a goal and an assist for the Devils and Ryan Carter scored New Jersey’s other goal.
2) Ryan Callahan, New York Rangers – Callahan tied the game late in the second period with his sixth goal of the postseason to, ultimately, send the game into overtime. Ruslan Fedotenko also scored for the Rangers, whose Stanley Cup Final drought has extended to 17 years.
3) Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils – Brodeur has been sensational through the entire Eastern Conference Finals, and he was again in Game 6, stopping 33 of 35 shots, including 25 of 27 through the first two periods. His counterpart, Henrik Lundqvist, stopped 26 of 29 in a losing effort.
Play of the Night
This play that led to Ilya Kovalchuk’s power-play marker can only be described as one thing – power play perfection.
Save of the Night
Someone might want to let Henrik Lundqvist know that there might be better ways to make a save. Then again, what am I saying. He’s got a mask, he might as well use it, right?
Prince of Wales Trophy Celebration
Ok, the whole team thing was cool, but seriously? Just touch the trophy already.