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The NY Islanders End Road Trip With An OT Win in New Jersey

NY Islanders End Road Trip With An OT Win in New Jersey (photo credit:newjerseydamo/flickr)

Jersey showdown: Devils face elimination by Panthers on Tuesday

The Florida Panthers weren't expected to be contenders in this year's playoffs. The team had been completely overhauled last summer under their still-new-car-smell GM; they had a new coach who was going to have his first year as an NHL coach. So long as the team climbed out of the league basement, anything else was gravy.

Yet they have pushed the NJ Devils to the brink of elimination in the first round.

The Devils have one of the defining goalies of the NHL in their net: Martin Brodeur, a goalie who is so good that the league changed the rules because of him - the implementation of the trapezoid, which came to be known as the "Brodeur rule". The las...