The border battle between the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils is set for its fifth playoff series in a span of 18 seasons and its second such arrangement with the Prince of Wales Trophy on the line.
This is the farthest the Rangers have advanced in the Stanley Cup playoffs since they disposed of the Devils in the 1997 Eastern Conference semifinals. They have not been to the Cup final since they squeaked past New Jersey in 1994 en route to the championship.
In the other locker room, the Jersey boys are raring to host a postseason edition of this rivalry in a new building, but with a seasoned, three-time champion face still tending the crease.
Goaltender Martin Brodeur is the only player who has seen action in each of the first four Devils-Rangers playoff bouts and a triumphant outcome in 2012 could convince him to retire while at the summit of success.
Brodeur, 25-year Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello and a horde of rooters from each sector of the New York City metropolitan area have all lived through the following 10 moments spanning from 1994 to 2008.
And now, starting Monday night at Madison Square Garden, the rivalry shall be re-released for a new generation.