Tom Gulitti of the Record says that over the summer, Devils coach Pete DeBoer spoke with many Devils fans who were “grateful” that the team beat the Rangers in the Eastern Conference Finals last season.
Some even told DeBoer that beating the Rangers was almost as nice as winning the Stanley Cup.
DeBoer also went on to say that beating the Rangers was a great memory but “it’s history now. A hard-fought, hard-working series, but you’ve got to turn to the page. This is a new season, two brand new teams.”
On the Devils, Henrik Lundqvist said yesterday “last time we played them was a special series. You try to learn from it and see what was good and what wasn’t good. I am just focused on that game, it’s the past what happened last season. It’s always fun to play against great players. Not only Marty but the Devils. It’s a rivalry. The intensity in the building is great. What makes it special is the history. It’s been a lot of great games in the past and I think that is what makes them special, when you bring some history to it.”
The NY Times has more on Lundqvist and the Devils.
John Tortorella was asked about the Devils yesterday and said, “this is another game for us and we are just trying to get consistent with our game, I don’t care who we are playing.”