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The End of An Era

Monday, 05.07.2007 / 12:00 AM / 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 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 40 10 16 -1 26
J. Jagr 43 9 16 -10 25
M. Cammalleri 35 15 6 -3 21
P. Elias 37 6 14 -14 20
M. Zidlicky 47 4 16 -7 20
M. Ryder 42 6 12 -2 18
T. Zajac 39 8 8 -7 16
S. Gomez 23 4 12 -5 16
S. Bernier 32 6 7 1 13
M. Havlat 29 5 7 -10 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 19 4 .920 2.41
K. Kinkaid 1 3 3 .913 2.54