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#21 Devil Dan 56

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 10:15 AM

We won the cup???? How did I miss that?

 

Apparently, you stuck to a hardcore post-lockout boycott!


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Posted 12 June 2013 - 10:15 AM

I'll do this for games attended in person:

Best

1. 2012 ECF Game 6 against the Rangers
2. 2010 St. Patty's Day game against the Penguins
3. Marty's 104th shutout against the Pens

Worst

1. 2009 Round 1, Game 7 against the Hurricanes
2. 2012 SCF game 1 OT loss to Kings
3. 2/5/13 game in Pittsburgh (5-1 loss). Only because I paid a fortune for tix, made the long-ass drive, and saw a debacle

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 10:20 AM

I was ecstatic when they brought back the old horn for one of the retro games. I think (not sure) they used it early in the playoffs in 2012. Can anyone verify that? Not sure why it sticks in my head.

 

I know they brought it back for a retro game against the Pens (sadly, we only got to hear it twice...the Devils lost 5-2).  I remember the fans around me enjoying hearing it again (I was #1 among them).  I don't recall hearing it during any other Rock game though.


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Posted 12 June 2013 - 10:43 AM

I thought they brought it back for the first home game vs. Florida in 2012.  However, after blowing the 3-0 lead and losing that game, it never re-appeared.

 

You can hear it in the clip below:

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=kW7nQU3bI7M


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Posted 12 June 2013 - 10:52 AM

I thought they brought it back for the first home game vs. Florida in 2012.  However, after blowing the 3-0 lead and losing that game, it never re-appeared.

 

You can hear it in the clip below:

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=kW7nQU3bI7M

 

Ah, thank you!!! My mind isn't totally gone yet. Good to know haha


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Posted 12 June 2013 - 11:00 AM

I was ecstatic when they brought back the old horn for one of the retro games. I think (not sure) they used it early in the playoffs in 2012. Can anyone verify that? Not sure why it sticks in my head.


They did have it for Game 3 against the Panthers, then shelved it after that fiasco. So if you got there seven minutes late you missed it :P
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Posted 12 June 2013 - 02:17 PM

If we are going by attended games:

 

 

WORST

 

1) Game 7 2009 vs Carolina, for previously stated reasons. I still remember laughing as I walked out of the building because I just couldn't believe it.

 

2) Game 1 of the 2012 finals. I was just happy to be there, and during the game, it became apparent that the Devils had already played their Stanley Cup series against the Rangers. It wasn't a gut wrenching feeling to me or anything, just kind of a sad realization that the Kings were hungry and our miracle run was going to over if the Devils didn't have that same fire soon.

 

3) Game 5 2010 vs Philly. Blech. Shutout 3-0 in an elimination game. One of the most cowardly Devils teams I've seen. They had no heart that series. I left in the second period when it was pretty apparent the they had accepted the loss.

 

Dishonorable mention: Devils - Panthers 1995-96 season. I'd been to a bunch of games in the Garden with my Uncle, but this was my first game in the Devil's home. I was 14 and beyond excited. And they played terribly, losing 4-1 and being unable to solve the goaltending Rubik's Cube known as Mark f'n Fitzpatrick. Blech.

 

 

BEST

 

1) Game 6 ECF 2012: Henrique, it's over! Beautiful. The atmosphere was amazing. Devils blew a 2 goal lead like the MSG crew's 1994 script said they would, and then they just would not allow that 3rd one. The best part was after that game, going into the streets and there just being 1000's of Devils fans coming out of the arena and bars to celebrate together. Just an awesome night.

 

2) Game 6 Rd 1, 2012: Zajac scores and the Rock playoff curse is over. When that  game hit overtime, you could feel the funk in that arena. It was like we were all just waiting for the breakdown and 2-on-1 goal against or open net where we hit a crossbar and then lose. We were waiting for that let down, and Zajac forcing game 7 was HUGE.

 

3) St Patrick's Day game, Marty breaks the wins record, Elias gets the Devils point record. The crowd was loud and chanting all night. What a fun game. I was so happy to experience that!

 

 

Honorable mention: 

- Game 4 2012 vs Flyers, Ponikarovsky in OT

- Game 5 in 1999 Row 5 seats and Stevens scored the winner

- Marty's return from injury. Sat in the last row of 209, and it was an absolute blast

- The first retro game, hearing all the chants for old players and smacking the Pens around.

- vs Tampa in 96 or 97. Down 3-1 going into the 3rd, Marty pulled for Dunham, Devils score 5 goals including a hattrick be either Rolston or MacLean. It was the first time I saw them win in NJ.

- Kovy's first game with the comeback late in the 3rd

- I forget when, but Devils beat the Lightning during Marty's injury, and Weekes had really been struggling. They won in a shootout and you could see the relief from him.


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Posted 12 June 2013 - 02:52 PM


- I forget when, but Devils beat the Lightning during Marty's injury, and Weekes had really been struggling. They won in a shootout and you could see the relief from him.

Epic game! Lol, completely forgot about that one, they actually won in OT if I remember correctly.


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Posted 12 June 2013 - 03:59 PM

GOOD

Game 7 2003 SCF: I was there
Game 7 2000 ECF: The comeback/The Hit
Game 6 2012 ECF: Henrique!!!


BAD

Game 7 vs NYR in 94
Game 7 vs Carolina
Game 6 vs Colorado
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Posted 12 June 2013 - 04:06 PM

One of the worst regular season games I attended was the second game of the season in 2010-2011. Took the trip allllllll the way down to DC to see the boys get embarrassed 7-2 and a bunch of redneck Cap fans randomly try to fight me although I said absolutely nothing for the whole game. They were one of the worst fan bases I ever encountered and I will never go back to that dump. If you want to see a bandwagon fan base who knows nothing about the sport and are trashy like Flyer fans then I suggest you try the upper level at the Verizon Center.


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Posted 12 June 2013 - 04:30 PM

Best: Tough to put them in order so here they without any order:

552 game. Great game, great to see history. I had a VIP pass to the "Platinum Lounge" I believe someone else on here told me is what it's called. Either way, got to meet Parise, Langs, a few other guys, got Rupp to sign my 2003 team picture, got to bs with Langs about that hook+dive call they made. He agreed with my sentiments, was it a hook or a dive? bs lol.

Marty's first goal in 97 against the Canadiens in the 1st round

Hard to pick a 3rd one, but it might be tied between Game 6 of the EQF last year, was also my birthday, so doubly cool. Either that or the Dec. 12th Devils vs Rangers game we won 8-5 after looking real bad and being down 4 goals I think it was. It was great to win that one, lol.

Worst: This is easier and I have a clear order for them:

 

1. Game 7 2009 EQF. No need to say more.

2. Game 5 2000 SCF. This was my first SCF game I'd ever been to, they had a chance to win, I was crushed. Probably has more to do with me being 10 at the time, than actually losing the game.

3. Game 2 2008 EQF. That icing call, ugh. I knew it was the kiss of death for the series. On top of that, Parise getting his teeth knocked out with a cross check to the face, resulting in only a 4min double minor. I think they even called it a high stick when it was clear that it was a stick parallel to the ice cross check to the damn face. It was like everything that could go wrong, did. That sucked.

Is it clear that I got more angry as the list went on? lol.


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Posted 12 June 2013 - 04:45 PM

1) Game 6 ECF 2012: Henrique, it's over! Beautiful. The atmosphere was amazing. Devils blew a 2 goal lead like the MSG crew's 1994 script said they would, and then they just would not allow that 3rd one. The best part was after that game, going into the streets and there just being 1000's of Devils fans coming out of the arena and bars to celebrate together. Just an awesome night.

 

Totally agree. After the game, I remember just high fiving literally everyone I walked past, and even hugged several complete strangers. It was really cool to be coming down the escalator and seeing them ripping open boxes full of EC Champs hats, with a hoard of fans clamoring to buy.

 

Outside, my brother and I walked around the arena just soaking up the atmosphere. It was a huge party. Never going to forget that night. In my lifetime I hope to see the Devils win a Cup at home, just to see what that atmosphere would be like.


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Posted 12 June 2013 - 05:06 PM

Totally agree. After the game, I remember just high fiving literally everyone I walked past, and even hugged several complete strangers. It was really cool to be coming down the escalator and seeing them ripping open boxes full of EC Champs hats, with a hoard of fans clamoring to buy.

 

Outside, my brother and I walked around the arena just soaking up the atmosphere. It was a huge party. Never going to forget that night. In my lifetime I hope to see the Devils win a Cup at home, just to see what that atmosphere would be like.

 

I was lucky enough to have seen them win the cup at home in 1995 and 2003.  While the atmosphere before the SCF games was better, the atmosphere and pure joy experienced after the game 6 win over the Rags in 2012 was as good, if not better, than the cup wins. 

 

Shortly after Henrique scored, the guy behind me gave me a bear hug and practically lifted me into his row.  Then the girls in front of us jumped into our row and gave me and my friend hugs as we were all going crazy.  It was complete mayhem, but the good kind.  The high 5's were non-stop heading out of the rink, the escalator down the cylinders was loud and crazy, Edison Place was still packed with people at least an hour after the game ended cause nobody wanted to leave and, as we walked to our car that night, random strangers were still coming up to us and giving high 5's and hugs.  Hell, you probably were one of the persons hugging me at one point.  It was just awesome, and one of the best sporting experience I will ever have in my life.


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Posted 12 June 2013 - 06:25 PM

I was lucky enough to have seen them win the cup at home in 1995 and 2003.  While the atmosphere before the SCF games was better, the atmosphere and pure joy experienced after the game 6 win over the Rags in 2012 was as good, if not better, than the cup wins. 

 

Shortly after Henrique scored, the guy behind me gave me a bear hug and practically lifted me into his row.  Then the girls in front of us jumped into our row and gave me and my friend hugs as we were all going crazy.  It was complete mayhem, but the good kind.  The high 5's were non-stop heading out of the rink, the escalator down the cylinders was loud and crazy, Edison Place was still packed with people at least an hour after the game ended cause nobody wanted to leave and, as we walked to our car that night, random strangers were still coming up to us and giving high 5's and hugs.  Hell, you probably were one of the persons hugging me at one point.  It was just awesome, and one of the best sporting experience I will ever have in my life.

I do not think anything will top this feeling. It was incredible, you described it perfectly, we were all one that night and everyone loved each other. Hell of an experience and it gives me goosebumps every time I think about it.


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Posted 12 June 2013 - 07:00 PM

My three worst game are when Marty allowed a softie and we lost.

 

My three best is when we won a game and Marty didn't allow a softie,


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Posted 12 June 2013 - 08:31 PM

Going with attended games as well (I don't feel there's a ton to debate for best in team history),

The bad:
1. 2009 rd 1, gm 7 vs Car That go-ahead goal for the canes went in, my eyes popped, jaw dropped, and then I just stayed frozen like that until minutes after the final horn.

2. 2012 scf, gm 1 So much excitement coming in, very painful going out. This is the one that I think about when the "what-if"s go through my head.

3. 10/24/2006 at Pitt I drew the ire of the Penguin fans by having the audacity to celebrate the Devils' first period goal, the 1st of the game. The Pens pretty much dominated from there on, making it hell for me.

 

 

I'll do this for games attended in person:

Worst

1. 2009 Round 1, Game 7 against the Hurricanes
2. 2012 SCF game 1 OT loss to Kings
3. 2/5/13 game in Pittsburgh (5-1 loss). Only because I paid a fortune for tix, made the long-ass drive, and saw a debacle

 

I like how our worst games lists are basically identical, just a different game in Pittsburgh at then end.  It's like we're connected!  :doh1:


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Posted 12 June 2013 - 08:41 PM

Its very hard to pick 3 of either, as we have had both some epic wins and heartwrenching losses over the years. But alas, after giving it some thought, here are mine: 3 favorites: 1). Game 7 2003 Cup Finals- I was there to see our boys win the Stanley Cup in person. Nothing can top it. Fans of some teams have lived their whole lives and not been able to say that. It's a night I will NEVER, EVER forget. Just incredible. 2). Game 4 1995 Cup Finals- you never forget your first. What an amazing, surreal night that was. I was only 16, and thus had no income for tickets (and my folks weren't coughing up the $1,000 it was gonna cost for 2 game 4 tickets), so I watched it on TV at my friend Rob's house. After what we had been through the year before, it just made it that much sweeter. When I saw Scott Stevens lift that Cup on behalf of the New Jersey Devils for the first time, I'll never forget throwing my hands in the air in triumph, and pumping my fists over and over, as tears of joy streamed down my face. 3). Game 7 2000 Eastern Conference Finals- of all the playoff series wins that weren't the Cup Finals wins (and "HENRIQUE!!! IT'S OVER!!!" last year), this is my favorite series win and the most proud I've been of this franchise for winning a series maybe in my life. Being down 3-1 and being the first team in Conference Finals history to come back from it, Larry's tirade, winning 2 out of 3 in Philly, the Stevens hit on Lindros, the clutch winner by Patty with just over 2:00 to play... And the fact that it was the Phailures we did it to. It was one of the proudest and most satisfying wins I've had as a fan. I knew we were winning the Cup that night. I'll post my 3 worst losses in a seperate post.
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Posted 12 June 2013 - 09:02 PM

Ok, on to the bad sh!t, so I'll try and keep it short so I don't throw up in my mouth before I'm done lol: 1). Game 7 2001 Cup Finals- if there was a way I could burn this entire night from my memory, I would do everything possible to make that happen. Absolutely brutal and heartwrenching in every way. 2). Game 7 1994 Eastern Conference Finals- this game probably would've been #1 until last year, but HENRIQUE IT'S OVER!!! thankfully took much of the remaining sting out of this one. Still, after it happened, I spoke a total of about 5 syllables in the ensuing 2 days. I was depressed into almost being a mute. It was a devastating defeat when it happened, so it remains on the list, although knocked down a few pegs thanks to the Cups and last year. 3). Game 6 2001 Cup Finals- This is still the only game I've ever walked out of feeling physically ill, (not even after game 7 2009, but I was probably too stunned and angry to get sick that night lol). It was all right there for us. A chance to repeat. A chance to really stamp ourselves as a dynasty. We had everything to play for. And we didn't even show up. After Gomez's goal was waved off, they quit and I STILL get pissed off about it every time I think about it. Hell, I'm getting pissed typing this, because it's making me think about this stupid game again. Brutal.
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Posted 12 June 2013 - 09:18 PM

Totally agree. After the game, I remember just high fiving literally everyone I walked past, and even hugged several complete strangers. It was really cool to be coming down the escalator and seeing them ripping open boxes full of EC Champs hats, with a hoard of fans clamoring to buy.
 
Outside, my brother and I walked around the arena just soaking up the atmosphere. It was a huge party. Never going to forget that night. In my lifetime I hope to see the Devils win a Cup at home, just to see what that atmosphere would be like.


 
I was lucky enough to have seen them win the cup at home in 1995 and 2003.  While the atmosphere before the SCF games was better, the atmosphere and pure joy experienced after the game 6 win over the Rags in 2012 was as good, if not better, than the cup wins. 
 
Shortly after Henrique scored, the guy behind me gave me a bear hug and practically lifted me into his row.  Then the girls in front of us jumped into our row and gave me and my friend hugs as we were all going crazy.  It was complete mayhem, but the good kind.  The high 5's were non-stop heading out of the rink, the escalator down the cylinders was loud and crazy, Edison Place was still packed with people at least an hour after the game ended cause nobody wanted to leave and, as we walked to our car that night, random strangers were still coming up to us and giving high 5's and hugs.  Hell, you probably were one of the persons hugging me at one point.  It was just awesome, and one of the best sporting experience I will ever have in my life.

. I probably hugged you that night. Or high-fived you. Probably both lol. That night was absolutely off the charts amazing. The level of pure excitement and joy was on the level of the way it was in 2003 at game 7 for sure. When Henrique scored, it was just MADNESS in our section. Everyone was hugging everyone, high-fiving, people jumping into the rows behind them... Just madness, and it was AWESOME.
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Posted 13 June 2013 - 06:09 PM

Attended games only:

 

Best:

 

1. 2003 SCF Game 7 - Nothing comes close.

2. 2012 Eastern Quarters Game 6 - So nervous. Then it goes to OT lol. 

3. October 28, 2000 - Only time I've ever been to sh!tsburgh. Was living in Seattle at the time and had to go there for a funeral. Day after the funeral and day before I leave, find out the Devils are in town. We stormed them 9-0. Madden and McKay each scored 4 goals.

 

Worst:

 

1. 2010-11 Regular season vs the Habs. - This was near the end of the season, but we were basically invaded by Habs fans. Never in my life have I encountered more disgusting or awful visiting fans. The ones nearest my group were disrespectful in every respect, but luckily we got security involved. Never had to do that before or since. 

2. April 1995 - This was the first time I got to see the Devils on the road. We had moved to FL from NJ a few years prior and this was a gift from my dad. We drove down to Tampa and the Devils quickly fell down 3-0 and we were both really tired and left at the end of the 2nd. The Devils scored 2 in the third but still lost. 

3. 2012 ECF Game 3 vs the Rangers. This was a Saturday afternoon game and I just was really mad at our play. Obviously the series went in our favor, but this was a frustrating loss. The only saving grace is that a Rags fan friend gave me her extra ticket.


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