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Garden State of Hockey- Episode 43: June 17, 1995

The Devils make a statement in Game 1 against the Detroit Red Wings in the 1995 Stanley Cup Finals.

1995 Stanley Cup Finals: New Jersey Devils v Detroit Red Wings Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios via Getty Images Studios/Getty Images

In another Devils classic, the upstart team of 1995 proved to the hockey world in Game 1 that they were here to make this Stanley Cup Finals a series no matter how many future Hall of Famers the Red Wings suited up. In a game that embodies a lot of what led to New Jersey’s success, we can see the trap used to frustrating success, the obligatory Claude Lemieux playoff goal and another stalwart performance from Martin Brodeur. Come for those things and stay for a dream team of prime Doc Emrick, John Davidson and Joe Micheletti on the call.

Our next game takes us back to the modern era, but not too modern as we’re still hopping around back to last decade. This is Martin Brodeur’s shutout record-breaking performance against the reigning Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins equipped with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

This one went about as well as it could possibly go and it was clear early in the second that the Devils new directive wasn’t just to handily win the game but it was also to maintain the shutout and give Brodeur the record he deserved. I hope you enjoy this look back at a team that was somehow 26-8-1 heading into this game. Remember those days?

Thanks again for listening and looking forward to bringing you more next week. Stay safe and Let’s Go Devils!