New Jersey Devils Vs. New York Rangers: A Playoffs History

Adam Henrique #14 of the New Jersey Devils (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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2005-06 Eastern Conference 1st Round: Devils Win Series 4-0

In 2006, the Atlantic Division champion New Jersey Devils had finished the regular season with 101 points and were seeking out their 4th Stanley Cup in under 15 seasons. After splitting the eight-game series during the regular season, the Devils hoped they could gain an advantage over New York City’s team during postseason play. Luckily for them, it would become arguably the most stress-free playoff series in Devils history.

The Devils outscored the Rangers 17-4 in a four-game sweep propelled by a stellar display from goaltender Martin Brodeur. 33-year-old ‘Marty’ posted a save percentage of .965 which included a Game 1 shutout. Brian Gionta registered two of the series’ game-winning goals while Jamie Langenbrunner secured eight points (2 goals, 6 assists).

As for New York, a young goaltender by the name of Henrik Lundqvist experienced some growing pains, allowing 13 goals on 79 shots across 3 games. Another familiar face who goes by the name Kevin Weekes started a game that series (Game 2) where he allowed four pucks to hit the back of the net on 25 shots.

While the Rangers season did come to a disastrous end, the Devils wouldn’t last much longer losing to the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Carolina Hurricanes in Round 2.

Series Standout:

Going with Brodeur is certainly tempting here, but the answer is without a doubt Patrik Elias.

Elias ended Round 1 with 2.75 points per game. This performance was highlighted by his six-point performance in Game 1, where he contributed to all six goals scored by New Jersey throughout the game.

Series Sufferer:

To put it bluntly, the Rangers played abysmal during this series, and they all deserve a lack of praise, if any. However, if you really need to find a scapegoat here, point the finger to Jaromir Jagr.

The 33-year-old finished the regular season with 123 points, good for 2nd in the NHL (two points behind Joe Thornton). Yet, he only provided one assist in Round 1. While the Rangers didn’t come close to any productivity in this series, it’s hard to ask for that when your start player doesn’t produce.