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The End of An Era

Monday, 05.7.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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The End of An Era

 

After 25 years at the Continental Airlines Arena, the Devils will open Prudential Center this fall.


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Their opponents likely called it many things, but for 25 years, the Continental Airlines Arena has been the place that the Devils have called home.

It has seen three Stanley Cup Championships, four Eastern Conference titles, and this season, a seventh Atlantic Division victory.

On Saturday night, the Devils closed out their Silver Season in East Rutherford with a 3-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators in game five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Scott Gomez scored twice, as Martin Brodeur stopped 21 shots in the defeat, as New Jersey was eliminated from the postseason.

After the traditional line up and handshake that officially put the finishing touch on the series, the playoffs and the 2007 season, the Devils left the Meadowlands ice for the last time, with those banners and those retired numbers hanging silently as mementos of New Jersey's established, championship legacy.

Where does the time go? Has it already been 12 years since the team accomplished the unthinkable, sweeping the Detroit Red Wings? Twelve years since Scott Stevens and John MacLean stood at the center ice just off of the New Jersey Turnpike to hoist the first of three Stanley Cups?

Beginning with 1995, four Stanley Cup Finals have been played here – only Detroit's Joe Louis Arena has hosted as many. This season, more for the history books: Martin Brodeur tied Bernie Parent’s 33-year-old victory for wins with his 47th of the season. The franchise, meanwhile, matched an all-time mark of its own with a 48th victory.

Those historical milestones marked a fitting end of an era, with another promising stage lying just ahead.

The lights will soon be switched off here for the final time in Devils’ history, and the organization will look forward to a continued winning tradition at a new monument to its track record of success: The Prudential Center.

Set to open this fall, The Prudential Center will house new technologies and improved sightlines for what is already shaping up to be an unparalleled fan experience. A new practice rink will be adjacent to the first major sports and entertainment facility that the metropolitan area has seen since the building formerly known as Brendan Byrne Arena opened its doors in 1981.

The fans will be closer to the action than ever, thanks to this state-of-the-art venue that will infuse the Devils’ faithful with a renewed pride in the team’s Newark future.

Just as they were at the Meadowlands, Scott Stevens’ No. 4, and Ken Daneyko’s No. 3 will be hung from the new rafters, and joined on opening night by the banner for the 2006-07 Atlantic Division. The Devils' past and present will be woven together, leaving plenty of room for the brightest of futures.

For now, the focus is on clearing out of this old house and moving on to The Prudential Center.

In the meantime, the memories of the last quarter-century of Devils hockey at the Continental Airlines Arena are yours to keep.

 

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Palmieri 82 30 27 3 57
A. Henrique 80 30 20 10 50
T. Zajac 74 14 28 3 42
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
D. Severson 72 1 20 -8 21
R. Boucher 39 8 11 -13 19
D. Schlemko 67 6 13 -22 19
J. Moore 73 4 15 -12 19
A. Larsson 82 3 15 15 18
J. Blandisi 41 5 12 -14 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 27 25 6 .924 2.15
K. Kinkaid 9 9 1 .904 2.81
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