April 26, 2012; Sunrise, FL, USA; Florida Panthers goalie Jose Theodore (60) congratulates New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur (30) after the Devils won in the second overtime period of game seven of the 2012 Eastern Conference quarterfinals at BankAtlantic Center. The Devils won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE

Game 7: NJD @ FLA – Miracle Run Over For Florida


The biggest game of the season for both these teams, Game 7 in Florida. One major lineup change would be Jose Theodore returning to goal after missing Game 6 due to injury. The game would start off terribly for the home team as just 1:29 in Adam Henrique would get his first of the series tipping a shot past Theodore. 1-0 Devils after one. They would increase the lead to 2-0 after two as Stephen Gionta would backhand one into the net at 9:15.

Down two goals in the third, the Panthers weren’t fazed. 5:02 Stephen Weiss would bring them within one. They would tie it at 16:32 on a Marcel Goc wrist shot. With the score tied 2-2, we’d head to OT. The first overtime would solve nothing with both goalies making several huge saves. In the second OT it would be a heartbreak for the home crowd as a turnover in their own zone would result in Henrique getting his second goal of the series wristing one through Theodore’s five hole. Devils win 3-2. Martin Brodeur was phenomenal under pressure stopping 43/45 shots to lead New Jersey to the second round.

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