NHL Playoffs 2012: Watch Devils' Adam Henrique Eliminate Panthers in Double OT

Isaac SmithAnalyst IApril 27, 2012

New Jersey Devils rookie Adam Henrique has just added another very impressive accolade to his hockey résumé.

Series-clinching, double-overtime goal.

Thursday night, the Calder Trophy finalist showed why he is a finalist for the rookie of the year award by scoring a double-overtime goal to send his New Jersey Devils to the second round, where they will face their division rival, the Philadelphia Flyers.

Henrique's goal capped back-to-back wins by New Jersey after the Devils were pushed to the brink of elimination by the Panthers when Jose Theodore shut out the Devils in Game 5.

Henrique ended the Panthers' comeback attempt after Florida had two third-period goals to tie the game at two and send it into overtime.

Henrique, the Devils' 2008 third-round pick, pounced on a turnover and potted it between the legs along the ice past Theodore.

The goal silenced the home crowd in Florida and ended what had been the first playoff season for the Panthers since 2000.

The Panthers won the Southeast division crown for the first time in their franchise history.

The win also prolongs the decision that rests heavily on Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur's shoulders of whether to return for a 20th season next year.

The Devils face the Flyers on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET in Philadelphia, the second straight series that the Devils will open up on the road.

 

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