The New Jersey Devils scored within the first two minutes of overtime in Game 6 to defeat the New York Rangers. The win locks up the Stanley Cup Final Matchup between the Devils and the Kings which starts Wednesday at 5pm pst on NBC.
Henrik Lundquist allowed a rebound on a soft shot from the blue line, which ended up in a scramble in front of the net. The Devils took a few wacks at it, and two different rangers were inches from covering it up. The puck squirted under the stick of Lundquist, between his legs, and rookie Adam Henrique slotted the puck into the empty net before Brad Richards could find the puck and cover it up.
After the game NBC’s Pierre McGuirre prompted Devils captain Zach Parise, “You are not going to touch that thing, are you?” McGuirre was referring to the Prince of Wales Trophy which the NHL awards to the Eastern Conference Champions. As he skated away Parise playfully chirped back, “You’ll see.”
Its a long tradition that no one touches the conference championship trophy because its bad luck. That hardware is not the goal, they want the Stanley Cup. Penguins captain Sydney Crosby opted not to touch the trophy in 2008 and the Penguins lost, while in 2009 he touched the Prince of Wales Trophy and the Pens won.
Kings Captain Dustin Brown wanted nothing to do with the Campbell Cup. Its not the Campbell Cup Finals he said in his post game interview, its the Stanley Cup Finals.
Parise left McGuirre and immediately sought out three time Stanley Cup champion Martin Brodeur. After a high five and hug, Parise asked him a question. Because Brodeur’s shoulder was in the way of Parise’s mouth and Brodeur’s back was to the camera, you couldn’t make out what was asked. But what was very clear was Brodeur shaking his head, as if to sternly say, “No, don’t do it.”
At Brodeur’s insistence, Parise skated up to the table with the trophy, politely stood next to it, posed for the picture, and did not touch it. He nor any of his teammates accidentally bumped it either when he called the whole team over to be in the picture as well. It would have been nice to have that superstitious edge from the outset.