Niedermayer: 5 Defining Moments with the Devils

Roman Uschak@@RomanUschakCorrespondent IDecember 16, 2011

Niedermayer: 5 Defining Moments with the Devils

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    Scott Niedermayer's No. 27 will be raised to the rafters tonight at the Prudential Center in Newark—ironically, a building he never actually played in as a member of the New Jersey Devils.

    Here are some of his best moments from his tenure in the Garden State, which lasted from 1991 to 2004, and included a host of records along with three Stanley Cup championships.

1995 Stanley Cup Finals

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    New Jersey Devils Bobby Holik (facing camera) is congratulated by teammates Mike Peluso left, Scott Niedermayer (27) and Randy McKay, right, as Philadelphia Flyers Chris Therien (6) and Patrik Juhlin (12) skate away after Holik's goal in the second period
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    Niedermayer knotted Game 2 of the 1995 Stanley Cup Finals in Detroit, going coast-to-coast and burying his own rebound off the end boards past Mike Vernon to tie the contest at 2-2.

    New Jersey native Jim Dowd then won it with just over a minute remaining in regulation, and the Devils took a 2-0 series lead en route to a sweep and their first NHL title.

2000 Stanley Cup Finals

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    New Jersey Devils defenseman Scott Niedermayer's son, Logan, sits in the Stanley Cup as Scott, right, and his wife, Lisa, pose with the cup after the team picture Monday, June 12, 2000, in East Rutherford, N.J.  The Devils defeated the Dallas Stars for th
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    Niedermayer again gave the Devils a boost in the Finals in 2000, skating end-to-end and flipping the puck past Ed Belfour in Game 6 in Dallas. Jason Arnott later won it in double-OT, and the Devils had their second Stanley Cup.

2003 Stanley Cup Finals

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    He had to beat his brother, Rob, to do it, but Niedermayer helped the Devils win their third Cup in 2003. He assisted on the Devils' first two goals in their 3-0 win over the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in Game 7 at the Meadowlands. 

    Four years later, the Niedermayers would celebrate a Cup championship together in California, after the Ducks ousted Ottawa in five games.

Devils Top Scoring Defenseman Ever

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    New Jersey Devils' Scott Niedermayer (27) watches the puck get past Los Angeles Kings goalie Cristobal Huet of France on a goal by the Devils' John Madden during the first period at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2003. (AP Photo/Chris Pi
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    On Feb. 5, 2003, with an assist against Washington, Niedermayer became the all-time leading regular-season scorer among defensemen in Devils history.

    He left New Jersey a year later with 476 total points, which currently puts him fourth among all Devils' skaters. He is also tied for second overall in club annals with 364 assists, and 51 of his 112 total goals as a Devil came on the power play.

    Niedermayer also collected 17 goals and 47 assists for 64 points in 146 playoff contests with New Jersey. And he is one of only five players to have been a part of each of the Devils' three Cup crowns.

2004 Norris Trophy Winner

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    Niedermayer's last hurrah as a Devil was winning the Norris Trophy as the NHL's best defenseman in 2003-04. He also served as team captain that year when Scott Stevens was sidelined by injury.

    Niedermayer is also the first and only player to have won a Memorial Cup, a World Junior Championship, a World Championship, an Olympic gold medal, the Stanley Cup and a World Cup in his hockey career.

    On Dec. 16, he followed both Stevens and Ken Daneyko as the third player in Devils' team history to have his jersey number retired by the club.