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Garden State of Hockey- Episode 40: April 26, 2012

The Devils managed to get the final word in a tightly fought series against the Panthers and we look back at the heroics of that double overtime win.

New Jersey Devils v Florida Panthers Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Getty Images

This week, we took a look at the game that enabled the heroics of future rounds in 2012, as Adam Henrique ended the series against the Florida Panthers with a double overtime goal. This was a hard fought and highly contested series, contrary to what many expected going into it and the Devils had to scrape and claw to make it past the first round for the first time since 2007. This game featured a classic Marek Zidlicky-trick as well as stellar performances from Henrique and Martin Brodeur as the Devils denied the Panthers their first series win since 1996.

Our next game in our blast from the past series is going way back before any sort of success for the New Jersey Devils. It’s relatively inconsequential in the grand scheme of the season and franchise, but this barnburner from early on in the 1986 season against the Penguins is a good example of a bygone era of Devils hockey and it should make for a very fun watch.

Keep track of not only the goals, but also the crazy amount of penalty minutes handed out. This one was truly a wild one in the era of Mario Lemieux, Joe Cirella, Pat Verbeek, etc.

Another thing to watch for is definitely the commercials. I’ll say no more.

Enjoy the game and as always, thanks for listening!