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This Date in Devils History: May 1

Tuesday, 05.1.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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This Date in Devils History: May 1

 

Devils celebrate in game seven of the 2001 Semifinal against Toronto, in which Brian Rafalski scored two game-winning goals.

MAY 1 , 2001:
DEVILS NOTCH BACK-TO-BACK PLAYOFF OT WINS

newjerseydevils.com – Six years ago today, the Devils recorded playoff overtime victories in back-to-back games for the first time in franchise history as Brian Rafalski scored the winning goal to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs in game three of the 2001 Eastern Conference Semifinals.

The 2000-01 regular season wrapped up as a very successful one for the Devils, as they won their fourth Atlantic Division title and tied a then-franchise record with 48 victories.

Patrik Elias finished third in league scoring with 96 points (40g, 56a) and Martin Brodeur led the league with 42 wins.

New Jersey earned a first-round meeting with Carolina, and dumped the Hurricanes in six games before opening the Conference Semifinals at home against the Maple Leafs.

Having been shutout 2-0 in game one against Toronto, the Devils evened the series at 1-1 in game two with a 6-5 win. Randy McKay took a Bobby Holik feed to score the winning goal at 5:31 of overtime.

In game three, the Devils trailed 2-1 in the third period until Rafalski set up Scott Gomez in front of Toronto’s Curtis Joseph for the centerman’s fourth of the postseason. Tied at 2-2, New Jersey headed for overtime.

Seven minutes in, Rafalski slid a pass toward the front of the net that was intended for McKay, but deflected instead off of Maple Leaf defenseman Cory Cross and past Joseph for the 3-2 win.

New Jersey took a two-games-to-one lead in the series, and Rafalski would go on to score the game-winning goal in game six, as the Devils eliminated the Leafs from the second round in seven games.

The Devils resume their 2007 Eastern Conference Semifinals in Ottawa for Wednesday's game four at 7 p.m. (VERSUS, WFAN 660 AM).

New Jersey returns to the Meadowlands for game five this Saturday, May 5 (FSN NY, 92.3 Free FM). Tickets can be purchased at the arena box office, or by visiting ticketmaster.com.

with wire services

 

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
10 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 75 31 32 12 167 192 74
14 CAR 74 28 36 10 173 202 66
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 68 16 24 -3 40
M. Cammalleri 61 25 13 4 38
P. Elias 62 11 20 -17 31
S. Gomez 51 7 24 -7 31
S. Bernier 60 13 14 3 27
T. Zajac 67 11 12 -3 23
A. Larsson 57 3 19 2 22
A. Greene 75 3 17 2 20
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
E. Gelinas 55 6 11 -2 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 27 8 .928 2.19
K. Kinkaid 5 5 3 .918 2.47