Devils Delight: New Jersey Advances To Stanley Cup Finals

A wild scramble in front of the net and a puck that leaked past the line gave the Devils a Stanley Cup Finals bid with a 3-2 win.

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Devils, Kings Matchup A Classic Battle Of Like-Styled Clubs

Two clubs with very similar styles will commence their battle for the Stanley Cup beginning Wednesday, and the battle to control the walls, dominate territorial play via the forecheck, and getting traffic in front of the opposing goalie may all end up being contributing factors for the eventual victor.

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Devils Combine Old And New Methods Of Success To Defeat Rangers, Head To Cup Final

When Adam Henrique picked up a rebound and shoveled it past Henrik Lundqvist early in overtime to give the Devils the Eastern Conference crown, it represented a triumph of old and new methods in New Jersey.

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Rangers Vs. Devils: Missed Opportunities Will Haunt New York's Offseason

The New York Rangers' season is over, but the second guessing has just begun.

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Stanley Cup Finals Schedule 2012: New Jersey Devils Have Home-Ice Edge Vs. Los Angeles Kings

The 2012 Stanley Cup Finals are set. With the New Jersey Devils victory over the New York Rangers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final on Friday night, they've clinched the Prince of Wales Trophy and will host the Los Angeles Kings, holders of the Clarence Campbell Bowl as Western champs, in Game 1 of the Finals on Wednesday.

The Devils earned the home-ice advantage by virtue of owning a better regular season record. New Jersey finished the regular season with 102 points compared to L.A.'s 95.

The full schedule:

Gm Date Time Location TV Network
1 Wed, May 30 8 p.m. ET Kings at Devils NBC, CBC, RDS
2 Sat, June 2 8 p.m. ET Kings at Devils NBC, CBC, RDS
3 Mon, June 4 8 p.m. ET Devils at Kings NBCSN, CBC, RDS
4 Wed, June 6 8 p.m. ET Devils at Kings NBCSN, CBC, RDS
5* Sat, June 9 8 p.m. ET Kings at Devils NBC, CBC, RDS
6* Mon, June 11 8 p.m. ET Devils at Kings NBC, CBC, RDS
7* Wed, June 13 8 p.m. ET Kings at Devils NBC, CBC, RDS

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Zach Parise Didn't Touch Prince Of Wales Trophy

Zach Parise might never win the Prince of Wales Trophy again. He might never win a Stanley Cup, and it's very possible that Friday night could have been the pinnacle of his hockey career, at least as far as NHL championship trophies go.

When you think about it from that perspective, it makes sense that a captain would like to touch the conference championship trophy. Lift it. Carry it into the locker room. Enjoy it. You might never get here again.

But as is typical in the NHL, Parise joined a long list of team captains who have opted against touching the Wales Trophy. Instead, he called the rest of his teammates over for a photo op while the Prudential Center crowd chanted, "We want the Cup!"

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They'll get their chance beginning Wednesday when they host the Los Angeles Kings in Game 1.

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Kovalsuck? Doc Emrick Just Mispronounced Ilya Kovalchuk's Name

Ilya Kovalchuk's name rhymes with a lot of funny words. One of those words is "suck," and yes, you heard Mike Emrick call him "Kovalsuck" as the third period wound down in Game 6.

Of course, we wouldn't be in overtime without Kovalchuk's power play goal in the first period, and he has seven shot attempts on the evening, including that goal. He doesn't really suck tonight, but that doesn't make this any less funny.

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For Adam Henrique, 'Because It's The Cup' Takes On A Whole New Meaning

Adam Henrique gave new meaning to "putting your body on the line" on this play late in the third period of Game 6. Ouch.

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Ruslan Fedotenko's Goal Ties Rangers And Devils At 2-2

The teams didn't want to talk about 1994 or anything, but some food for thought: Back in Game 6 between the Devils and Rangers that year, New York trailed 2-0 in a do-or-die situation. They wound up winning that game before a dramatic Game 7 victory sent them to the Stanley Cup Finals.

In 2012, the script remains the same. Ruslan Fedotenko's goal pulled the Rangers within one goal, and now a clever little intentional redirection off Ryan Callahan's knee has tied the score at 2-2.

Just as in Game 5, it seemed like this thing was over, but the Rangers are here to play, and there's still more than 20 minutes to go in the hockey game. Hopefully for New York and those looking forward to a Game 7, there's a little bit different an ending this time.

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Brandon Prust Gets Away With Vicious Slash, Allowing Rangers To Pull Within 1

Maybe you'll say it evens out. Maybe the high-sticking penalty on Michael Del Zotto shouldn't have been called, so this awful slash from Brandon Prust shouldn't have been either. All's even.

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But this one certainly looms large, because in the two minute span that the Devils would have spent on the power play courtesy of this slash from Prust on Travis Zajac, Ruslan Fedotenko has put the Rangers on the board. Suddenly, their season doesn't look so dead, as the scoreboard now reads 2-1, and had the officials caught this penalty against Prust, that goal may not have happened.

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Ilya Kovalchuk's Goal Was Beautiful And You Should Watch It 17 Times

There haven't been many pretty goals in these 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Ilya Kovalchuk's goal was an exception. The power play goal gave New Jersey a 2-0 lead in the first period of Game 6, and somehow, the Rangers left him allllll alone in front of the net. Talk about overcommitment to one side of the ice.

Pretty inexcusable PK coverage by the Rangers here, but it's all thanks to the great puck movement by the Devils.

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Ryan Carter's Goal Gives Devils 1-0 Lead In Game 6

On Friday afternoon in the run-up to Game 6, our Devils blog In Lou We Trust discussed the play of New Jersey's fourth line in this Eastern Conference Final series. They wondered if the bottom trio could contribute in this huge game, one which can give the Devils a berth in the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in nine years.

It didn't take long for them to answer the bell. Ryan Carter's fourth goal of the postseason just 10:05 into the game gave New Jersey a 1-0 lead, the ninth goal for the unit overall in these playoffs.

That kind of production from the fourth line can't really be overvalued at this time of year. Carter scored the game-winning goal in Game 5, and now he's opened the scoring in Game 6.

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With Backs Against Wall, New York Rangers Hope To Build On Strong Game 5 Performance

It's a scary reality for the New York Rangers: Their phenomenal season could be over on Friday night with a loss to the New Jersey Devils in Game 6. But if there's anything comforting the Rangers and their fans heading into this do-or-die game against a bitter rival, it's the type of attitude they showed in Wednesday night's heartbreaking Game 5 defeat.

The Rangers were the better team for the majority of that game, erasing an early New Jersey lead before ultimately allowing a game-winning goal that went completely against the momentum they had built. The loss was obviously a frustrating outcome, but the way they played the game is a sign of optimism for Rangers fans at Blueshirt Banter.

The team looked like they got their legs back under them Wednesday night. And aside from two goals Henrik Lundqvist stops 99% of the time, this series might be 3-2 in the other direction.

I was impressed with the New York Rangers fight in Game 5. It's remarkably hard for a team to come back from down 3-0 in the first ten minutes of a critical playoff game. That didn't stop the Rangers, and thanks to efforts from the usual suspects -- Ryan Callahan, Chris Kreider, Marian Gaborik, Ryan McDonagh -- the Rangers closed the gap.

Stick with SBNation.com for full coverage of Rangers vs. Devils Game 6. For more on the Rangers, check in with Blueshirt Banter and for more on the Devils, check in with In Lou We Trust. For full coverage of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, check in with SB Nation's NHL hub.

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New Jersey Devils Fans Believe Pete DeBoer Is Outcoaching John Tortorella

The Devils can advance to the Stanley Cup Finals with a win on Friday night in Game 6 against the New York Rangers, and that's remarkable considering where they were just a season ago. Last year, New Jersey was among the worst teams in the Eastern Conference for much of the season. It's no surprise that head coach Pete DeBoer has done a fantastic job in his first year at the helm in New Jersey, but has he really outcoached Rangers coach John Tortorella in these Eastern Finals?

Devils blog In Lou We Trust believes so, and they hope it'll happen again in Game 6:

Game one, the Rangers shut out the Devils and it was dismal. In game two, DeBoer adjusted and the Devils stole a game from the Rangers. In game three, the Rangers shut out the Devils again, with the same exact score. DeBoer adjusted again and frustrated the Rangers in a 4-1 win by the Devils. Then there was the rollercoaster ride of a game five in which I believe DeBoer outcoached Totorella, again. So what does this tell you...DeBoer is ready for anything Tortorella draws up.

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New York Rangers Can't Think About 1994 Eastern Finals

Since the Devils won Game 5 on Wednesday night, all we've heard are comparisons to 1994, when the Rangers lost Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against New Jersey before winning Games 6 and 7 on their way to an eventual Stanley Cup.

But for Rangers fans at Blueshirt Banter, this game isn't about 1994, and that year shouldn't even be part of the discussion as the team prepares for a do-or-die game at Prudential Center on Friday night. The teams are different and the time is different, but at the same time, the teams are similar in how Rangers fans see them.

I laugh when I see people counting the Rangers out. I really do. This is a special team, and the best part -- and also the biggest difference between this team and that 1994 team -- is that win or lose Friday, this season would be a massive success and these young core players will only get better.

But tonight isn't about the future. Tonight is about a team that has all the ability in the world to win another two elimination games, even if one is on the road.

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