Posted 27 April 2012 - 06:20 AM
What a night. All the naysayers (way too many of them on here) who accused this team of having no heart and no guts should watch this game over and over again...hell, the whole series for that matter. Yes, there were an absolute TON of scary and tense moments, but so many kept saying that the Devils were going to roll over and die as those tense moments happened. Florida definitely had their chances to win this series, and this series upon its completion definitively had a "could have gone either way" feel, but the Devils never came close to rolling over and dying.
And those of you who feel the need to compare this bunch to the teams that lost to the 'Canes, the Flyers, the Rangers, etc, and continually call for the team to be gutted if they don't get it done...stop it already. This coach wasn't here. A lot of the players who played for those Devils teams aren't playing on this one. By my quick count, 6 forwards and 2 defensemen currently on the '12 playoff roster also played for the '10 team that got knocked out by the Flyers. Those players are Clarkson, Elias, Kovalchuk, Parise, Zubrus, Zajac, Greene, and Salvador. And in goal, of course Brodeur remains. This Clarkson is a vastly improved version over that one, and this Kovy is at least no longer trying to acclimate himself to his team. Even though some of the bigger and better-known names remain, this team is largely different.
The kind of series that's a thrill to win, but a bitch to lose...Florida's got to be saying, "Damn, we were so CLOSE!" to themselves over and over again. We would've been doing the same thing...even more so, because the Devils had multi-goal leads in five out of the seven games...but Florida played tough and didn't quit. They hung in.
THE NHL MUST LOVE THE DEVILS - from who else? A RANGER fan!
[Mark Messier]: A big, bald attention whore with a stupid Easter Island-lookin face. - from who else? DaneykoIsGod!
Even when Marty comes back maybe Larry should put Clemmensen to be on the goal during the shootouts.
Can the coach do that ? Switch the goalies 5 seconds to go in overtime? - Most priceless quote ever posted on a message board.
Martin Brodeur: THE MOST ALL-TIME WINS!, 12 straight seasons of 30+ wins, 3 Stanley Cups, 4 Vezina Trophies, and zero respect from too many so-called Devils "fans" who are either too young or too bandwagon to remember the much darker days of Sean Burke, Craig Billington, Bob Sauve, Alain Chevrier, and the talented but overwhelmed Chico Resch, among many others.
It's easy to support a great player when he's playing at his very best. It takes a true fan to support that same player during those rare moments and stretches when he's not. Babe Ruth went 0-4 some games, and sometimes Wayne Gretzky was held pointless. There may be such a thing as greatness, but no such thing as absolute perfection every single night.
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