New Jersey’s Steve Bernier boards Los Angeles’ Rob Scuderi during Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The play proved instrumental as the Kings scored three times on the ensuing 5-minute major and the Devils never recovered, losing 6-1. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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New Jersey’s Steve Bernier boards Los Angeles’ Rob Scuderi during Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The play proved instrumental as the Kings scored three times on the ensuing 5-minute major and the Devils never recovered, losing 6-1. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

HACKEL: Bernier’s hit didn’t cost the Devils a Stanley Cup
GALLERY: The Kings Road to the Cup | Iconic Kings Pics

Dustin Penner (25), Jarret Stoll (28) and Jonathan Quick (32) of the Kings collide with Ilya Kovalchuk (17) and Adam Henrique (14) of the Devils during Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Los Angeles ran out to a 3-0 series lead but New Jersey has climbed back to win the last two. Game 6 is tonight in Los Angeles. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
FARBER: Devils suddenly turn Stanley Cup into a series

Dustin Penner (25), Jarret Stoll (28) and Jonathan Quick (32) of the Kings collide with Ilya Kovalchuk (17) and Adam Henrique (14) of the Devils during Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Los Angeles ran out to a 3-0 series lead but New Jersey has climbed back to win the last two. Game 6 is tonight in Los Angeles. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

FARBER: Devils suddenly turn Stanley Cup into a series

Devils center Adam Henrique celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal to beat the Rangers in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals. New Jersey will face Los Angeles tonight in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Devils center Adam Henrique celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal to beat the Rangers in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals. New Jersey will face Los Angeles tonight in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

HACKEL: Devils, Kings keys to winning Stanley Cup
MUIR: Key matchups, X-factor, predictions and more
FARBER: Salvadore key to Devils postseason success

The Devils and Rangers brawl during a 1992 Patrick Division Semifinal game. This year’s Eastern Conference Finals matchup has been just as tense and the Devils are in control after a 5-3 victory on Wednesday and moved within one win of a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals. (Scott Levy/Getty Images)
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The Devils and Rangers brawl during a 1992 Patrick Division Semifinal game. This year’s Eastern Conference Finals matchup has been just as tense and the Devils are in control after a 5-3 victory on Wednesday and moved within one win of a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals. (Scott Levy/Getty Images)

KWAK: Devils fourth line comes up big in Game 5 win over Rangers
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GALLERY: The Devils-Rangers Rivalry

Zach Parise slips a shot past Henrik Ludqvist during the third period of Monday’s Devils-Rangers game. Parise scored two goals and set up another in New Jersey’s 4-1 victory. The series is tied at 2-2 with Game 5 scheduled for Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
CAZANEUVE: Parise ignites Devils in Game 4 victoryVIDEO: Watch highlights of Monday’s Devils-Rangers game

Zach Parise slips a shot past Henrik Ludqvist during the third period of Monday’s Devils-Rangers game. Parise scored two goals and set up another in New Jersey’s 4-1 victory. The series is tied at 2-2 with Game 5 scheduled for Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

CAZANEUVE: Parise ignites Devils in Game 4 victory
VIDEO: Watch highlights of Monday’s Devils-Rangers game

Congrats to the Devils, who advanced to the Eastern Conference Semifinals with a 3-2 overtime victory over the Panthers. New Jersey squandered a 2-0 lead before Adam Henrique beat Jose Theodore in the second overtime to give the Devils a victory. Martin Brodeur made 43 saves on the 20th anniversary of his first playoff appearance for New Jersey. The Devils will face the Flyers in the second round. (AP)
GALLERY: The NHL’s Great Game 7sDATER: Hot rookie, goalie lead Devils

Congrats to the Devils, who advanced to the Eastern Conference Semifinals with a 3-2 overtime victory over the Panthers. New Jersey squandered a 2-0 lead before Adam Henrique beat Jose Theodore in the second overtime to give the Devils a victory. Martin Brodeur made 43 saves on the 20th anniversary of his first playoff appearance for New Jersey. The Devils will face the Flyers in the second round. (AP)

GALLERY: The NHL’s Great Game 7s
DATER: Hot rookie, goalie lead Devils

Devils center Dainius Zubrus is checked hard into the boards by Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Tuesday. The Devils stayed alive with a 3-2 victory and will travel to Sunrise, Fla. for Game 7 on Thursday night. (Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)
KWAK: Devils victory sets stage for climactic Game 7VIDEO: Watch highlights of Tuesday’s Game 6

Devils center Dainius Zubrus is checked hard into the boards by Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Tuesday. The Devils stayed alive with a 3-2 victory and will travel to Sunrise, Fla. for Game 7 on Thursday night. (Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

KWAK: Devils victory sets stage for climactic Game 7
VIDEO: Watch highlights of Tuesday’s Game 6

Vancouver’s Alexander Edler flattens New Jersey’s Ryan Carter during a Vancouver-New Jersey game in late February. The Canucks are heating up at the right time, winning all four of their games last week and ascending to first place in Adrian Dater’s weekly NHL Power Rankings. (Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
DATER: Canucks take top spot in weekly Power RankingsDATER: Handing out awards for the 2011-12 NHL season

Vancouver’s Alexander Edler flattens New Jersey’s Ryan Carter during a Vancouver-New Jersey game in late February. The Canucks are heating up at the right time, winning all four of their games last week and ascending to first place in Adrian Dater’s weekly NHL Power Rankings. (Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

DATER: Canucks take top spot in weekly Power Rankings
DATER: Handing out awards for the 2011-12 NHL season