Eastern Conference Final
This much-anticipated battle between the Devils and archrival New York was laden with comparisons to the legendary 1994 Eastern final in which the Mark Messier-led Rangers shocked New Jersey by taking the series in seven dramatic games after being in a 3-2 hole. (Martin Brodeur was the only player on either team who actually played in that series.) Through four games, the adversaries battled to a 2-2 tie, the Rangers propelled by Henrik Lundqvist's two shutouts, the Devils predominantly by their electric fourth line. In Game 5, the Rangers battled back from an early 3-0 deficit to tie the game at 3 in the third period. But a Kovalchuk forecheck, a Gionta pass, and a Ryan Carter tap-in stole the game, 4-3. The Devils exorcised the demons by finishing off the Blueshirts in overtime of Game 6.