Adam Henrique scored in overtime to put the New Jersey Devils into the Stanley Cup Final on Tuesday night. For a team that nobody expected to be in that situation, the way they went about it was incredibly appropriate. Their unheralded Calder Trophy candidate who has gotten overshadowed by big name nominees has put them through into the next round for a second time. They were pushed to the brink by a squad everyone considered a powderpuff, blew by the “can’t miss” team in the second round, and were full value for a win over the top seed in the conference.
Again, unflappable. I mean, this kid’s just the right place, right time, all the time. The two biggest goals of the Playoffs come off his stick, and that’s not accidental.
It was exciting. That was Johnny on the spot for that one, I guess. Kovalchuk and Ponikarovsky did a good job in front. I was sitting there. I couldn’t see the puck. I knew it was down, and I was just praying it was going to come under his pad. It’s a big one. It’s one you dream about.
Well, I took about one step up. I took one step back. I wasn’t sure if it was in or not. When I saw everybody celebrating, it was just a big relief.
We played really hard this playoff series, and this was an emotional series against the Rangers. And to pull it off in that fashion, it’s even sweeter.
Here’s the goal that clinched it:
So… after this ride through three series for the Devils, how do they fare in the Cup Final?
(Quotes courtesy of NHL Public Relations)