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Devils Win on ’95 Celebration Day

Devils honored 1995 Stanley Cup Champion team, then defeated Flyers.

Defenseman Jon Merrill (7) and goalie Keith Kinkaid (1) defend the Devils' net Sunday at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

Defenseman Jon Merrill (7) and goalie Keith Kinkaid (1) defend the Devils’ net Sunday at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

 

Following an exciting and emotional ceremony to honor the New Jersey Devils 1995 Stanley Cup Champion team the present day Devils took the ice against the Flyers. The Flyers were the team the Devils defeated in the ’95 Eastern Conference Final, on Sunday they were a team the Devils were fighting for a possible playoff spot with.

As the Devils have often done this season they got off to a quick start in the first period as Adam Henrique scored his 13th goal of the year to give the Devils a 1-0 lead. It would be the first of five goals scored for the Devils on a day in which their special teams were really in synch.

Jacob Josefson put away a shorthanded goal in the second period to give the Devils a 2-1 lead and later in the period Eric Gelinas blasted home a power play goal to put them up 3-1. The Devils also killed off all three penalties they took for the game. From there the Devils were in full control of the game as they would go on to score two more goals in the third period to win the game 5-2.

Keith Kinkaid in his first game back from his injury was terrific stopping 25 of 27 shots he saw and earning his fourth win of the season. Unfortunately for the Devils they sit 10 points behind the Boston Bruins for the last playoff spot despite the victory Sunday night.

Ironically enough the final score of game four of the 1995 Stanley Cup Final was 5-2 Devils, the same score by which they beat the Flyers. It was a poetic ending to a good game and as ’95 Stanley Cup champion and Devils MSG+ analyst Ken Danyko said “maybe there really are no coincidences.”

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