Just wanna say congrats on a hard fought playoffs. The Devils showed that they still belong with the NHL elite this year. I know from 2 years ago how bad it felt to lose in the Final so it would be inhumane to wish any ill will or insult you guys. Enjoy the memories from the season and look forward to the future. If this was Marty's last game then congrats to him on a hall of fame career. Congrats again on a great season.
I'm cool with all of this. Before the season, people were skeptical of this team's playoff chances, let alone seeding. During the season there was debate if the Devils could grab one of the last spots. Playoffs started and the Devils "looked" done after they couldn't handle Florida. They advanced and the Devils were written off before the series vs. Philly started. The next round the Devils were written off because it was the Rangers years and that the Devils were just the next step in their path. The Finals started and the Devils didn't have a chance. Down 3-0 and they were dead in the water. I was proud of the team just for getting to the Finals, and even more proud that they didn't lay down after dropped Game 3. And didn't lay down after winning Game 4 to prevent the Kings from winning at our home arena. Even at 3-0 and 4-0 in this game the Devils still kept skating. There's no reason not to be proud of everything this team has done. It was a hell of a season and you really can't ask for much more than the amazing ride we got to experience.
Sure, seeing Jeff Carter and Mike Richards lift the Stanley Cup makes me want to burn my house down. And seeing the NHL hand the Kings the Cup makes me want to pull every hair out of my head. But I am beyond proud of this Devils team... I am honored to be a Devils fan.
People may take shots at our franchise, insulting our attendance numbers. We may not fill every seat on a Tuesday night game against a Western Conference team in January, but I maintain that we have the best fans in the NHL. That doesn't mean that we have the most fans (because we are far from that), but our fans are the most passionate, die-hard group in the league.
As I mentioned I am proud of this team. I am proud that they battled back and "won it for Pete" in the Panthers series, overcoming 2-1 and 3-2 series deficits. I am proud that they shoved all of Bryzgalov's stats up the Flyers ***es and beat the "best player in the world." I am proud that they did the same to the Rangers. I am proud for Ryan Carter for going from the waivers to the Finals, and for trolling MSG with 5 minutes left in Game 5. I am proud of Adam Henrique for emerging in the clutch (regular and post season), and also for serving the Raggies a heaping plate of **** for dinner in OT in Game 6.
In fact, I am proud of our whole roster. I am proud that they gave us fans something to cheer for, after a season that pushed us all to the brink of insanity. I am proud that they finally turned the Rock into a place marked by winning, not losing. I am proud when I see every player on this team crack a smile and laugh in the locker room, whether they be down 3-0 in the Finals or up 3-1 in the semifinals. I am proud of this team for going from being predicted to be a 10th seed to damn near winning the Stanley Cup.
Recently, we Devils fans have been struggling to find an identity for our team. With Sutter, we saw an open-style game. With MacLean, we saw a pile of ****. With Lemaire, we saw a well-rounded, energized team that won. Well, now we have established ourselves under DeBoer, as a hard-working, relentless, gutsy team with an intensity that can be just as powerful and potent as it is quiet and amicable.
And you know what? If you had told me, last offseason, that we would be within two wins of hoisting the Stanley Cup, I would have called you ****ing retarded and would have called a mental institution and had you taken off the streets. The fact that we got this close is mind-blowing. I know we're all kind of sour from losing, but, step back... we had an amazing season, spearheaded by an amazing captain, amazing character, amazing coaching (sometimes ), and OUR amazing goaltender.
As the old adage suggests, all good things must come to an end. Unfortunately, this "end" saw the Kings with the Cup. But, moving forward, I am very comfortable with where we are. I am confident that Zach and Marty will be back next year; I am confident that Henrique and Josefson will establish themselves even more down the middle; I am confident that this run will ignite this team to plenty of playoff success in the future. This year, the heart was there, the legs weren't. Shame.
I'm sad that the Devils lost, and that we have 4 months without hockey. But, I love this team. As Kevin Clark would announce it, "The 2011-2012 Eastern Conference Champions, your Newwwwwww Jerseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeey Devils!"
I've been a Kings fan sence I was a little kid, a hockey fan in general for a very long time. I love Brodeur, the guy is a grade A class act and if the Kings would have lost I would have wanted it to be at the hands of Marty. Great season Devils, I think you guys surpassed all expectations this year, I had Kings/Rangers in the finals I totally ignored the Devils, especially after going 7 with Florida, but hey great season by you all and I hope to see Marty back here again next year, it'll probably be his last
These last 2 years, honestly may be my favorite Devils teams, even above the Cup winners. our defense was looked at, laughed at, especially. i admire those group of guys a lot.No quit in this team throughout. Real proud of them.
Great season. I didn't think we'd get past the 2nd round and frankly at times during round one I thought we were a one and done again. The team really came together as the season progressed. We never got past being streaky and ultimately that did us in against a very consistent and determined Kings squad.
But 14 wins in the playoffs is nothing to sneeze at. It was a great achievement. Difficult not to be proud of this team.
Neutral party here-it hurts to lose. Keep your heads up and time will fix this.
That said, look at it this way guys (and I know some may not want to), but LA was the league's darling team. You guys were going to have to overcome not only LA, but the officials as well. Phoenix felt it and so did you guys. You did all you could but you weren't going to win with the league wanting the LA market to have a championship.
I think im more upset at the loss of my beard and hair. I shaved both on april 12 and became attached.
I am so proud. I didnt expect making the playoffs. I held my head high last year wearing my Devils gear. Some people were nice and said takes a true fan to wear that this year. I get rewarded with Larsson beating the Flyers, Rangers, being the first team since 1945 to force a game 6 and a nice run. who's to say we dont win it all next year like the Pens in 09
Congratulations to the Kings on winning their first Stanley Cup. As much as this hurts, I don't think I've ever been more proud to be a fan of the New Jersey Devils than I am right now. This team was dead last in the NHL a year and a half ago, and they took us on one of the most exhilarating, exciting, and sometimes nervewracking playoff runs I've ever had the pleasure to witness. I have faith that the front office, coaching staff and leaders in the dressing room will have this team even hungrier next year and in the years ahead, and that our turn to lift the Cup for the fourth time is in the not-too-distant future. I cannot truly express how I feel about this group of hockey players without writing an essay so this will have to suffice: I have been alive for ten championships ftom my favorite sports teams, and this is my favorite group of all, despite their shortcomings. The Devils lost to an outstanding hockey club, and it's nothing to be ashamed of. I'm glad to have been a small part of this run, and I will bleed red and black until the day I die. Let's Go Devils.