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This Date in Devils History: May 1

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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 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 82 24 43 16 67
P. Elias 65 18 35 -4 53
T. Zajac 80 18 30 3 48
A. Henrique 77 25 18 3 43
M. Zidlicky 81 12 30 -3 42
M. Ryder 82 18 16 -6 34
A. Greene 82 8 24 3 32
E. Gelinas 60 7 22 -3 29
D. Zubrus 82 13 13 1 26
R. Clowe 43 7 19 -10 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 15 12 .921 1.97
M. Brodeur 19 14 6 .901 2.51

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