Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals was not the first time Adam Henrique saved the New Jersey Devils’ collective backside this season.
When top line center Travis Zajac injured his Achilles last summer, the Devils opened the 2011-12 season with a significant lineup hole. Henrique more than filled it — scoring 51 points while skating with Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise, earning a Calder Trophy nod.
In Game 6 against the Florida Panthers, Zajac scored an overtime goal to stave off elimination. In Game 7, his understudy propelled the Devils to the second round for the first time since 2007 with a 3-2 double-OT victory against the Panthers in Game 7.
Here’s the game winner, potted at 3:47 of the second OT: