Hurricanes' 1-2 punch in final moments leaves Devils reeling
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Quite possibly the most stunning ending to a playoff series imaginable, the final minutes of the New Jersey Devils' 4-3 loss
"It's one of those [losses] that stuns you," New Jersey head coach
The Devils would know, given that two of their previous losses were mini-heartbreakers themselves. Recall
"It's the toughest loss of my career," Devils forward
"I'm shocked," captain
As the Hurricanes made a final push for their playoff lives, a heads-up play by Gleason to keep the play alive led to a shocking turn of events. The defenseman reached out at the blue line and passed the puck to
"And I thought that's the way it should be," said Hurricanes coach
"A perfect shot," Mottau said.
After all this Devils team had been through -- not only in this series but this entire season (particularly, proving they were a team beyond Brodeur) -- the loss and the devastation seem to be magnified. And while one could come up with a list of reasons why New Jersey didn't win this game and the series -- like perhaps playing too conservatively without the puck in the last few minutes -- it was just a complete shock that the Devils lost it.
"You just gotta shake your head," Sutter said.
There is no other way to explain it.