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01-14-2013, 11:55 PM
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Originally Posted by tarheelhockey View Post
That's certainly not how it was perceived at the time. There was an awful lot of bitterness about that loss and the way it happened, particularly in light of how the Devils fared the following year with more or less the same team (Claude Lemieux being the only major change).

I'd say the Wings fell about as flat in that Finals as the Flyers did in 1997, but against a much weaker team.
And yet the previous year (1993-94), the Devils were the 2nd best team in the league and made very few changes going into 1994-95. They were 12-4 with 51 goals for and 27 goals against in the playoffs heading into the finals. After 1994-95, Larry Robinson, Jacques Lemaire's balance left the team and Lemaire started focusing even more on defense every time the team hit a rough patch. The Devils did miss the playoffs in 1995-96 with a 37-33-12 record (back when the 12 was actually ties), but their record would have been good enough for the #4 seed and home ice advantage in the first round if they played in the West.

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