|Prince at Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals|
The last time we saw a game in the Stanley Cup Finals was back in 2003 when the Devils beat the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in Game 7 to win their third Stanley Cup at the old Meadowlands Arena. Mike Rupp of the Devils at the time and current NY Ranger had the game of his life.
This time around the Devils lost the first game in overtime, 2-1 to the Kings.
The Devils played a similar game in Game 2. They fell behind 1-0 again when the Kings' Drew Doughty put a shot past Devils' goalie Martin Brodeur 7:49 into the first period. The score stayed that way until 2:59 into the third period when the Devils' Ryan Carter redirected a pass to tie the game at one. With the equalizer, the crowd at the Prudential Center finally woke up. They were nervous that their Devils were down a goal.
The game wound up being decided again in sudden death overtime. Unfortunately for the Devils, they came out on the wrong side of the scoreboard as late season acquisition and former Philadelphia Flyer Jeff Carter lit the lamp with 6:18 left in the first overtime. As a result, he may have ended the season for the Devils at home as the Kings won again, 2-1.
As for my personal attendance in Stanley Cup Finals games, I've been to 12 over the years including this latest one.
The others are as follows:
1989 Calgary Flames at Montreal Canadiens Game 4
1994 Vancouver Canucks at NY Rangers Game 7
1998 Detroit Red Wings at Washington Capitals Game 3
2000 Dallas Stars at NJ Devils Games 1, 2 & 5
2001 Colorado Avalanche at NJ Devils Games 3, 4 & 6
2003 Anaheim Mighty Ducks at NJ Devils Games 1 & 7
If and when you get to go one of these games, it's a great experience. I've been very fortunate to have seen what I have. For that, I'm very grateful.
Stay tuned for the recap of the baseball I saw over the weekend as well.
Thank you for reading and following along.