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With a three-game cushion to eliminate the Flyers and advance to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 2003, past Devils teams could be expected to shut things down in Game 5 Tuesday night at the the Wells Fargo Center.
During their Stanley Cup years, the Devils would clog up the neutral zone and slow the game down to a crawl. They would wait for the opposition to come to them. That was their best chance at winning.
Not this team with its aggressive forecheck.
“Look at the team they had,” captain Zach Parise said today, alluding to defensemen Scott Stevens, Scott Niedermayer and Ken Daneyko. “I don’t think you’ll ever see a D corps like that ever again.
“With the rule changes, the more you have the puck and the more you can control the puck, you’re going to get more chances and allow less....