News Source: The New York Times
May 31, 2012
Stanley Cup Finals: Stanley Cup Finals — Devils Looking to Restart Their Offense
The Devils’ forechecking, which had been resoundingly successful in the playoffs, was lackluster against the Kings in Game 1.
Mike Emrick Is Hockey’s Maestro of the Microphone
The play-by-play calls by Mike Emrick, the lead announcer for NBC and the NBC Sports Network, are memorable for their accuracy, inventiveness, honest emotion, fluidity and speed.
Slap Shot: For Kings, an Old Look Proves a Winning One
The Kings should dedicate their Game 1 win to Terry Murray, the coach who was fired in December after the responsible defensive posture he instilled in their play over four seasons devolved into a kind of malaise.
Stanley Cup Finals: Game 1: Stanley Cup Finals — Jonathan Quick Leads Kings in Game 1
Kings goalie Jonathan Quick saved 17 of 18 shots against the Devils in Game 1, denying Zach Parise early in the third period and David Clarkson later.
On Hockey: Watching Devils Goalie Martin Brodeur Never Gets Old
At an age when most goalies are flipping through their scrapbooks, the Devils’ Martin Brodeur, 40, is playing with the enthusiasm of a rookie.
Game 1: Kings 2, Devils 1 (OT): Kings Take Stanley Cup Opener From Devils
Anze Kopitar scored on a breakaway 8 minutes 13 seconds into overtime, giving the Kings, who extended their N.H.L.-record road winning streak to nine games this postseason, a victory over the Devils.
Stanley Cup Finals: Game 1: Devils Struggle in Tough Night Against Kings’ Defense
Four minutes into the third period, the Devils appeared to take the lead after a scramble, but replays showed Zach Parise swept the puck past Jonathan Quick with his glove.
May 30, 2012
Slap Shot: How to Sound Like an Expert While Watching the Finals
Some trivia to make you sound like an expert during the Stanley Cup finals.
Second Chance for Devils’ Zubrus 15 Years After His First N.H.L. Finals
Devils forward Dainius Zubrus could not have guessed as a rookie with the Flyers in 1997 that it would take so long to return to the Stanley Cup finals.
Slap Shot: Keeping Score: Looking at History to Predict a Champion
Analysis of the Stanley Cup finals between the Los Angeles Kings and the Devils with an eye toward key concepts of sports psychology like big game experience, leadership on the ice, and consistency.
Slap Shot: Sorting Through Familiar Names at the Finals
The Kings-Devils matchup features two Greenes, two Carters and, bizarrely enough, two Berniers.
Former Flyers Get Another Shot at Stanley Cup
Traded away by Philadelphia, Mike Richards and Jeff Carter were reunited in Los Angeles, where they have another chance to win a Stanley Cup.
Stanley Cup Finals | Essay: N.H.L. Playoffs: Kings’ Rise Does Not Erase Their Outsiders’ Past
The eighth-seeded Kings’ appearance in the Stanley Cup finals recalls their history in Los Angeles as the hockey-playing sibling of the more successful Lakers.
May 29, 2012
Finals Preview: Devils Vs. Kings: Stanley Cup Finals Preview: Devils vs. Kings
Despite their seedings, this is a championship series between two very deserving clubs.
Ilya Kovalchuk Leads New Jersey Devils Into Stanley Cup Finals
Ilya Kovalchuk, the forward with a league-leading 18 playoff points, will try to help the New Jersey Devils win their first Stanley Cup in nine years when the series opens Wednesday.
Slap Shot: Still Rooting Against Brodeur
Memories of 1994 are everywhere: Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, then an 8-year-old Rangers fan, recalls pulling against the Devils' Martin Brodeur then.
May 27, 2012
Stanley Cup Finals: Devils vs. Kings: To Devils’ Lou Lamoriello, Beating the Rangers Always Special
Despite being focused on the Stanley Cup finals, New Jersey General Manager Lou Lamoriello cannot resist looking back just a little to savor the Devils’ victory over the rival Rangers.
May 26, 2012
Kings’ Simon Gagne Cleared to Return for Stanley Cup Finals
Simon Gagne, who briefly considered retirement after sustaining a concussion in December and missing the rest of the regular season, has been cleared to play in the Stanley Cup finals against the Devils.
Rangers-Devils: Game 6
A goal 1 minute 3 seconds into overtime sent the Devils to the Stanley Cup finals.
Stanley Cup Playoffs — Lack of Depth Catches Up to Rangers
With the Devils now in the Stanley Cup finals, the Rangers are left to wonder why the grinding style that worked so well during the regular season, came up short in the playoffs.
Game 6: Devils 3, Rangers 2 (OT): Rangers Can’t Climb Out of Early Hole vs. Devils
The Rangers, who have been outscored in the first period, 7-1, in the last three games of the series, could not finish the job after overcoming another slow start in Game 6.
May 25, 2012
Game 6: Devils 3, Rangers 2 (OT): N.H.L. Playoffs — Martin Brodeur, With Revenge Served Cold
Martin Brodeur delivered a masterly performance in beating the Rangers, erasing some bad memories of his last Eastern Conference finals matchup against them in 1994.
Game 6: Devils 3, Rangers 2 (OT): Devils Advance to Stanley Cup Finals After Ending Rangers’ Season
Adam Henrique scored off a wild scramble in front of Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist 1 minute 3 seconds into overtime, sending the Devils to the Stanley Cup finals against the Los Angeles Kings.
Game 6: Devils 3, Rangers 2 (OT): Devils Advance to Stanley Cup Finals With OT Win Over Rangers
Adam Henrique scored off a wild scramble in front of Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist 1 minute 3 seconds into overtime, sending the Devils to the Stanley Cup finals against the Los Angeles Kings.
Slap Shot: Devils Get High Praise From Elias on Eve of Game 6
Patik Elias, a career Devil, called this year's team as good "as I've seen in my 15, 16 years here."
May 24, 2012
Stanley Cup Playoffs: Eastern Conference Finals: Devils’ Martin Brodeur Has a Shot at Redemption
On May 25, 1994, the Devils, with Martin Brodeur as goalie, blew a two-goal lead with 22 minutes left in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals, and the visiting Rangers came back to win, 4-2.
Stanley Cup Playoffs: Eastern Conference Finals: Flashing Back to Mark Messier’s Magical Game 6
Mark Messier famously guaranteed a win in Game 6 of the 1994 Eastern Conference finals, then scored three quick goals against the Devils to keep his word.
Stanley Cup Playoffs: Eastern Conference Finals: Stanley Cup Playoffs — Rangers and Devils Prepare for Game 6
Rangers Coach John Tortorella is expecting two of his best players, Henrik Lundqvist and Brad Richards, to rebound from poor outings in Game 5.
Stanley Cup Playoffs: Eastern Conference Finals: Mark Messier’s Vow Set the Bar for Sports Guarantees
Mark Messier set the standard for guaranteeing victories with his Game 6 prediction against the Devils in 1994. Since then, promises by athletes have meant little.
Slap Shot: Remembering 1994: Q. and A. With Bruce Driver
In 1994, Devils defenseman Bruce Driver was on the ice for the three Rangers goals that turned a 2-0 Devils lead into a 3-2 deficit.
Rangers-Devils: Game 5
The Devils earned a 5-3 victory and a 3-2 series lead at Madison Square Garden.
Eastern Conference Finals: Game 5: Henrik Lundqvist Has Rough Outing for Rangers
The Rangers have relied on goalie Henrik Lundqvist more than any other player, and he is struggling at the worst possible time.
Eastern Conference Finals: Game 5: N.H.L. Playoffs — Devils’ Fourth Line Makes the Difference
Stephen Gionta, part of a unit Coach Peter DeBoer has called critical to the team’s success, scored one goal and assisted on the tiebreaker.
May 23, 2012
Game 5: Devils 5, Rangers 3: Devils Start and Finish Strong in Game 5
Ryan Carter snapped a tie with 4:24 left to help the Devils beat the Rangers after blowing an early three-goal lead, putting New Jersey one win away from the Stanley Cup finals.
Career in Doubt, Devils Defenseman Salvador Shines in Playoffs
Bryce Salvador, who missed last season with a concussion, has 10 points for the Devils in the postseason after scoring no goals during the regular season.
Slap Shot: Pregame Chatter: Satisfied With Production, DeBoer Sticks With Same Lineup
The Devils will use the same lineup in Game 5 that was so successful in a 4-1 victory over the Rangers in Game 4.
Slap Shot: Remembering 1994: Q. and A. With Claude Lemieux
Perhaps no player in N.H.L. history was able to ramp up his intensity and effectiveness for the playoffs like Claude Lemieux, who won four Stanley Cups.
May 22, 2012
Tortorella and DeBoer’s Shouting Match Overheard
When Rangers Coach John Tortorella and Devils Coach Peter DeBoer were jawing at each other during Game 4 on Monday night, no one had a better listening post than NBC’s Pierre McGuire.
To-Do List for Rangers: Score Goals
The Rangers are hoping their slumbering offense awakens against the Devils in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Devils Make Adjustments, Keeping Rangers Off Guard
Although any series can pivot on one shift, the Devils are outwitting the Rangers, responding when goaded and keeping their opponents off their game.
Slap Shot: When Coaches Fight, NBC's McGuire Has the Best View
Pierre McGuire will not divulge the word-for-word details of the argument between the Rangers' John Tortorella and the Devils' Peter DeBoer during Game 4 Monday night.
Rangers-Devils: Game 4
With plenty of skirmishing on the ice, the Devils tied the Eastern Conference final series with a dominant win.
Slap Shot: For Rangers and Kings, Dramatically Different Routes to the Top
If the New York Rangers win the Stanley Cup this year, they will have had a historically easy route. The Kings? The hardest.
May 21, 2012
Parise Gets a Goal, Then Quickly Gets Another
The Devils captain Zach Parise scored his first two goals of the Eastern Conference finals in a Game 4 victory.
Game 4: Devils 4, Rangers 1: Devils Win Game 4 to Even Eastern Conference Finals With Rangers
The Devils scored two first-period goals in an ugly game that resembled an old-fashioned, 1994-style Battle of the Hudson.
SPORTS: TimesCast | Matteau's Goal
Former players Stéphane Matteau and Ken Daneyko reflect on what some consider to be the best series in professional hockey's history.
Slap Shot: Josefson In, Sykora Out of Devils' Lineup for Game 4
Center Jacob Josefson, 21, who had not played since breaking his left wrist April 3, will make his playoff debut Monday night.
Slap Shot: Trying to Make Sense of Brendan Shanahan's Suspension of Brandon Prust
It's not an easy job, but consistency has been a problem for the N.H.L.'s dean of discipline this postseason.
May 20, 2012
Slap Shot: Remembering 1994: Q. and A. With Stephane Matteau
Stephane Matteau recounts the winning goal against the Devils 18 years ago.
Devils Make Changes After Game 3 Loss to Rangers
The Devils captain Zach Parise, who declined to speak after Saturday’s game, entertained reporters at his locker, and Coach Peter DeBoer adjusted his forward lines.
Rangers’ Tortorella Makes Devils Focus of His Frustration
John Tortorella, the Rangers’ perpetually terse coach, utilized his time with reporters Sunday to lobby for interference calls on the Devils.
May 19, 2012
Devils Forwards Silenced During Game, and Afterward
For the second time in three games, the Devils did not score, despite several magnificent chances.
Rangers Get Out of Way and Let Lundqvist Win Game
A perfectionist even in a shutout victory, goaltender Henrik Lundqvist criticized his biggest save of the game, on Ilya Kovalchuk.
Rangers-Devils Replay: Game 3
The Rangers scored three third-period goals to beat the Devils and take a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference final series.
Game 3: Rangers 3, Devils 0: Third Period Key to Rangers Victory Against Devils
A Dan Girardi power-play goal and Henrik Lundqvist’s 36 saves helped the Rangers take a 2-1 lead over the Devils in their playoff series.
Slap Shot: Remembering 1994: Q. And A. With Mike Richter
In 1994 against the Devils, goalie Mike Richter allowed one goal over the final 126 minutes 52 seconds, helping the Rangers overcome a three-games-to-two deficit - and a 2-0 deficit in Game 6 - to advance to the Stanley Cup finals.
May 18, 2012
Stanley Cup Playoffs: Eastern Conference Finals: Rookie Adam Henrique Making Impact for Devils
Devils center Adam Henriquem who had 16 goals and 35 assists during the regular season, is a finalist for the Calder Trophy, which goes to the N.H.L.’s top rookie.
Stanley Cup Playoffs: Rangers Forwards Are Doing It All in the Playoffs, Except Scoring
The Rangers’ wingmen and centermen, while forechecking, blocking shots and throwing body checks, are struggling to score goals.
Slap Shot: Remembering 1994: Q. And A. With Howie Rose
"Matteau! Matteau! Matteau!" That call remains Howie Rose's signature moment, and one of the most famous play-by-play calls in hockey history.
May 17, 2012
Rangers-Devils: Game 2
The Rangers often seemed a step slower than Ilya Kovalchuk, Zach Parise, Travis Zajac and the rest of the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night.
Deflected Shots Can Be the Hardest for Goalies to Stop
Deflecting pucks is an art, one that requires hand-eye coordination and a masochistic streak for those who camp in front of the net.
SPORTS: A Rivalry Remembered: Rangers and Devils
Former New Jersey Devil Ken Daneyko remembers the final minutes of Game 7 in the Eastern Conference finals in 1994.
Slap Shot: Q. & A. With Ken Daneyko
During the Eastern Conference finals between the Rangers and the Devils, The New York Times will revisit some of the memorable characters of the 1994 conference finals between the teams.
For Devils, Pressuring Lundqvist Pays Off
In Game 2, the Devils finally found a way to score an even-strength goal against Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.
Game 2: Devils 3, Rangers 2: Devils Beat Rangers; Series Tied at 1-1
The Devils outplayed the Rangers in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, with the veteran goalie Martin Brodeur stopping 23 shots.
May 16, 2012
Game 2: Devils 3, Rangers 2: Tortorella Urges His Players On, to Little Effect
With colorful exhortations to his players that began soon after the opening face-off, the Rangers’ coach seemed to sense early on that something was amiss.
Slap Shot: Interview With Adam Graves of the New York Rangers
Adam Graves took 31 shots against Martin Brodeur in the 1994 Eastern Conference finals against the Devils, and only two got through for goals. That degree of difficulty helps to inform Graves's frame of reference on the trans-Hudson rivalry, then and now.
Slap Shot: DeBoer Shuffles Devils' Lines to Try to Boost Offense
It is likely that Zach Parise will rejoin Ilya Kovalchuk on the line centered by Travis Zajac for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Rangers.
N.H.L. Playoffs: Stanley Cup Playoffs — Rangers’ Familiar Team-First Refrain
The refrain is familiar to Jay Feaster, Tampa Bay’s general manager in 2004, when John Tortorella coached the Lightning to the Stanley Cup.

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