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The Most Dominant Stretch of Hockey in Devils History - 2/26 to 4/17/2

31 October 2014 - 12:48 PM

This thread isn't to lament the current state of the Devils (which I don't even think is all that bad, really), but more to point out just how amazing the Devils were back in 2001, especially from 2/26 to 4/17.  For this 24-game stretch, the Devils were about as close to unbeatable as a team can get:

 

22-2-0 record, 96 GF (4.00 GFPG), 46 GA (1.92 GAPG).  Only losses were to Pittsburgh (4-2) and the Rangers (4-3).  In typical Ranger fan fashion, those fans acted like they won the Stanley Cup that day.  I think that was the loss that ended that massive unbeaten streak the Devils against the Rags.

 

In 21 out of the 24 games, the Devils scored at least 3 goals.  They allowed more than 2 just 8 times. 

 

Some of the offensive numbers over that time frame:

 

Elias:  24 GP, 19 G, 23 A, 42 Pts, +26

Sykora:  22 GP, 12 G, 22 A, 34 Pts, +17

Arnott:  21 GP, 10 G, 12 A, 22 Pts, +15

Mogilny:  23 GP, 13 G, 14 A, 27 Pts, +11

Gomez:  21 GP, 6 G, 14 A, 20 Pts, +4

Holik:  24 GP, 7 G, 12 A, 19 Pts, +14

McKay:  20 GP, 7 G, 8 A, 15 Pts, +13

Brylin:  20 GP, 6 G, 8 A, 14 Pts, +9

Rafalski:  21 GP, 4 G, 16 A, 20 Pts, +27

Niedermayer:  24 GP, 3 G, 11 A, 14 Pts, +11

 

And the goalies:

 

Brodeur:  20 GP, 18-2-0, 442 Shots, 403 Saves, .912 save% (season save% was .906)

Vanbiesbrouck:  4 GP, 4-0-0, 93 Shots, 87 Saves, .935 save%

 

Even though they didn't win the Cup (they were up-and-down after this stretch ended, and their offense had dried up a bit in the SCF), these numbers really tell the story of how terrific that team really was...Tri could probably dig up even better stats than the obvious glamour numbers, but when you realize that the Devils had eight forwards who were all putting the puck in the net at solid rates...and two terrific offensive defensemen in their prime...and Stevens of course...just a reminder of how special that team really was...especially for those glorious two months of damned-near invincibility.