Devils Shake Off Ghosts of Past Failures

Devils Shake Off Ghosts of Past Failures

The fans were bracing for the dejected march through the handshake line, which is understandable, since it’s been the one consistent thing they’ve seen in this building from the home team each spring.

That’s been the Devils’ short history in the Prudential Center: Play an elimination game, get eliminated. Here was another late April test for this team, another 2-0 lead blown, another round of shake-and-skate looming.

Then, five and a half minutes into overtime, it finally happened: Ilya Kovalchuk did what a $100 million player is supposed to do, skating across the Florida blue line and bringing two Panthers with him.

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