The New Jersey Devils jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Then a player born in the Soviet Union, Ruslan Fedotenko, scored. Then the New York Rangers captain, Ryan Callahan, scored. The ghosts of the 1994 Eastern Conference Final Game 6 appeared to be haunting the barn in New Jersey, 18 years after Alexei Kovalev and Mark Messier rallied the Rangers to an eventual series win.
That is, until rookie Adam Henrique scored this goal 1:03 into overtime to give his team a 3-2 win and send the New Jersey Devils to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2003:
"That one was like Christmas," said Henrique on NBC, as his team celebrated its fifth conference title since 1995. "[Alexei Ponikarovsky] and [Ilya Kovalchuk] jarred it loose, it fell through his pads, and I'll take it."
It was Henrique's second overtime game winner of the 2012 playoffs, as his double-OT goal eliminated the Florida Panthers in Game 7 of the opening round.
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It also game in the same game as this rather uncomfortable moment for Henrique earlier in Game 6:
The joy and pain of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Game 1 of the Final begins on Wednesday in Newark.
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