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ESPN.com: 'It's how you make history': The run that punched Toronto's first Finals ticket
TORONTO -- There's very little about Kawhi Leonard that screams "mindfulness guru," but as the Toronto Raptors gathered on the bench during a timeout in the midst of the team's big 26-3 run in the second half, he told his teammates, "Enjoy the moment, stay here, stay together, we're good," according to Raptors guard Norman Powell.
The Raptors did enjoy the moment, did stay together and we're so good they erased a 15-point deficit late in the third quarter in less than four minutes of game time. This explosive spurt was the most consequential stretch of basketball of the NBA postseason, vaulting Toronto to a 100-94 win over the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals, and the first Finals appearance in Raptors' franchise history.
In Lou We Trust: Nolan Foote: A Big Shot With Big Potential --2019 NHL Draft Prospect Profile
If you think you've heard the name Foote before, you're right--in fact, you've probably heard it twice. Nolan Foote is the son of retired NHLer Adam Foote, a two-time Stanley Cup winning defenseman who played most of his 1000+ games with the Colorado Avalanche. Adam Foote was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 2013, and in 2018 took up a coaching position in the WHL, coaching the Kelowna Rockets. More recently, you may have also heard it regarding 2017 draft prospect Cal Foote, Nolan's older brother, who went 22nd overall to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Fansided: New Jersey Devils: Evaluating Futures of Pavel Zacha, Michael McLeod
At one point, former 1st-round picks Pavel Zacha and Michael McLeod were considered top prospects in the New Jersey Devils organization. While neither were necessarily projected to become superstars, both centers possessed decent upside and were expected to eventually become impact players.
Between New Jersey's draft lottery luck over the last few years and both centers developing at a relatively bumpy sluggish pace, the prospects of both players being part of the organization's future are hazy. With Nico Hischier now an established fixture down the middle and Jack Hughes (assuming the New Jersey Devils pick him) coming into the fold, the saturation of center depth will make it increasingly difficult for both forwards to break into the NHL with New Jersey.
Fansided: New Jersey Devils: This Offseason Continues Ray Shero's Progress
With over seven years since "HENRIQUE!!!! IT'S OVER!!" That special moment has been the biggest moment since a huge display of offense by the New Jersey Devils on Scott Niedermayer's Jersey retirement night in December 2011. It shows you how father time has shifted from 2012 to the 2015 offseason when Lou Lamoriello hired Ray Shero "effective immediately" over a conference call.
Growing up watching Ray Shero as the opposing team GM of the Pittsburgh Penguins made many of us hate the Penguins because we had to deal with Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby, and Marc-Andre Fleury in the middle of their prime.
Elite Sports NY: New York Rangers on this day: Mark Messier's guarantee vs. Devils (Video)
This just doesn't make sense. A quarter of a century ago? How is it actually possible?
Every New York Rangers fan knows where he/she was when Mark Messier called the shot. The move's significance strips away youth, in a sense. Even young fans grasped the severity of May 25, 1994.
Twenty-five years ago today (Saturday, May 25, 2019), the New York Rangers captain, the Messiah, not only guaranteed victory in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New Jersey Devils, he delivered with a natural hat trick in the third period.
Fansided: New Jersey Devils: Recapping Jack Hughes At IIHF World Championships
Can we just say we're glad it's over? It's honestly been the most exhausting IIHF World Championships in New Jersey Devils history. It's also probably the one we watched the most. That's because we watched as Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko played against NHL players.
It was an intriguing tournament, especially to start. Kakko was absolutely electric, while Hughes was put in assignments. That means Hughes wasn't necessarily put in scoring opportunities, while Kakko got first-line minutes.
Still, we have a good taste in our mouths at the end of the tournament. Things looked bleak for a moment there, well about as bleak as it could be.
Fansided: New Jersey Devils: Remembering The Moment It Was Over
Everybody remembers May 25th, 2012 in New Jersey Devils land. The Eastern Conference Finals against their bitter rivals, The New York Rangers. The Devils hosting the top team in the Eastern Conference with one win away from the Stanley Cup Finals.
The game started off great for Jersey's team, as goals from Ryan Carter and Ilya Kovalchuk put the Devils up 2-0. Martin Brodeur was making some spectacular saves at 40 years old and the Devils appeared to be on their way, but then things became less certain after the Rangers came back to tie the game.
In Lou We Trust: Reece Newkirk: 2019 NHL Draft Prospect Profile || A scrapper with good vision whose stock is on the rise.
Reece Newkirk is a forward from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan currently playing with the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League. Newkirk is on the smaller side at 5'-11" and 170 lbs, but that hasn't stopped him from being a prospect very much on the rise this year. Playing center primarily for the Winterhawks, Newkirk has jumped from a player receiving little attention at the start of the year to someone now with a good shot of going in the top-100.
A look at this career stats from Elite Prospects will give a quick picture of how his stock has soared this year versus where he was coming out of the 2017-18 season.
In Lou We Trust: Devils in the Details - 5/24/19: A Sitdown Edition
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A solid outing from Jack Hughes in his last game before the draft as Team USA is eliminated:
USA put up a heck of a fight, but lost, 4-3, to Russia in #IIHFWorlds quarterfinals.
Cory Schneider with a tremendous performance, kept USA in the game, especially in the 2nd.
Jack Hughes, with two assists, was named USA's player of the game. His best game of the tournament.-- Julie Robenhymer (@JulieRobenhymer) May 23, 2019
Nico scored to put Switzerland up on Canada, but Damon Severson would score a last second goal to tie things up.
Fansided: New Jersey Devils Take Spotlight at World Championships on Thursday
If you're reading this, chances are you are a New Jersey Devils fan. and what a team to be a fan of right now. We went into the 2019 IIHF World Championships with lots of expectations for some Devils (and potential future Devils), but nobody expected what happened on Thursday.
It started off with the game between Russia and the United States of America. Cory Schneider was a brick wall for the US, making 39 saves on 43 shots. He allowed four goals but he was under siege all game and he still gave his team a chance to win.
Fansided: If New Jersey Devils Sign Slava Voynov, They Will Lose Fans Including This One
Okay, we're going to be very, very clear right now. This is partially a New Jersey Devils piece, but this is more our site expert Nick Villano giving his raw opinion. This isn't the kind of opinion like "the Devils should sign Jeff Skinner" or "the Devils should draft Jack Hughes." No, this is going to go a little beyond that.
This is going to get a little personal, so if you're looking for a piece on analytics or some opinions on free agency or the NHL Draft, we have plenty of that on the home page.
Damon Severson scored the game-tying goal with less than a second remaining in the game! #IIHFWorlds https://t.co/WX54sIFnZq
In Lou We Trust: UFA Spotlight: Should the New Jersey Devils Go For Mats Zuccarello?
Yesterday saw CJ spotlighting an unrestricted free agent defender, taking an in-depth dive looking at Jake Gardiner. Today, I'm going to do a bit of the same, just for a forward, and for someone who didn't even make the cut when we compiled our original list. Today, I take a look at Mats Zuccarello, who most recently played for the Dallas Stars after they acquired him at the trade deadline.
Mats Zuccarello is slightly undersized height-wise at 5'8" but he does weigh in at 184 lbs. and mostly plays LW, despite NHL.
Our @nicohischier nets a beauty for @SwissIceHockey! #IIHFWorlds https://t.co/bYIQ4076Hx
RT @HC_Men: Go long! #IIHFWorlds https://t.co/3rZdFHWTwV