The Penguins had a different perspective last Saturday: upside down. Holik dumped defenseman Darius Kasparaitis head over heels into the Devils' bench in the dying seconds of the first period—it was the signature moment of Game 1—and then skated 150 feet to the far corner to stare and jaw at Lemieux. Holik would crush Jaromir Jagr and his aching right shoulder into the boards with two minutes left in the third period, but a more important hit was the one Holik absorbed: an interference penalty on Kevin Stevens in the second period that led to Sykora's winning power-play goal.
Of course, there was a history lesson to be learned in Game 1, when Holik schooled Lemieux. If the Devils end Pittsburgh's fairytale run, their achievement should be marked with one of those plaques that dot the New Jersey landscape. This one would read: MARIO LEMIEUX SLEPT HERE.