The New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils have a long-standing and heated rivalry that has played out in several playoff series over the years. Here is a brief summary of their playoff history:
1992 Patrick Division Semifinals: The Rangers defeated the Devils in seven games, with Mark Messier leading the way for the Rangers.
1994 Eastern Conference Finals: One of the most memorable playoff series in NHL history, the Rangers defeated the Devils in seven games, with Stephane Matteau scoring the series-winning goal in double overtime of Game 7. The Rangers would go on to win the Stanley Cup that year.
1997 Eastern Conference Semifinals: The Rangers and Devils faced off again, with the Devils winning in five games. This series is notable for a brawl in Game 4 that saw both teams rack up over 100 penalty minutes.
2006 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals: In a back-and-forth series, the Devils defeated the Rangers in four games, with Martin Brodeur leading the way for the Devils.
2008 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals: The Rangers and Devils met in the playoffs again, with the Rangers winning in five games. Henrik Lundqvist was outstanding in goal for the Rangers.
2012 Eastern Conference Finals: The Rangers and Devils faced off in the playoffs for the first time in eight years, with the Devils winning in six games. Brodeur was once again a key factor for the Devils, while Lundqvist struggled for the Rangers.
Overall, the Rangers and Devils have played each other six times in the playoffs, with the Rangers winning two series and the Devils winning four. The two teams’ playoff matchups have produced some of the most memorable moments in NHL history, cementing their rivalry as one of the fiercest in the league.
A New Chapter will be written tonight in Game 7 at the Rock!