Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils are heading back to the
Stanley Cup Finals after finishing off the top-seeded New York Rangers with a
3-2 overtime victory Friday night at the Prudential Center.
Adam Henrique scored 63 seconds into overtime as the Devils claimed the 2012
Eastern Conference championship on a significant anniversary in the history of
Eighteen years ago to the day, a fresh-faced Martin Brodeur found himself in a
similar place, with his Devils holding a 3-2 lead over the Rangers in the East
finals, and a chance to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals with a victory on
home ice in Game 6.
On May 25, 1994, captain Mark Messier backed up his guarantee of a Rangers win
by recording a third-period hat trick as New York rallied from a 2-0 deficit
to force a decisive seventh game that ended when Stephane Matteau beat Brodeur
on a wraparound in double-overtime.
Now 40, Brodeur, the lone player remaining from that memorable series, is
reveling in a different outcome as New Jersey clinched its fifth trip to the
The Devils will meet Los Angeles, beginning Wednesday in Newark.
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