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For the 11th episode of the Devils Official Podcast this season, our guest is Jason Arnott
Arnott, who scored in overtime to lift the New Jersey Devils to a Stanley Cup victory in Game 6 of the 2000 Cup Finals, was joined by former teammate Ken Daneyko and host Matt Loughlin.
The teammates reflected on the double overtime goal that vaulted the Devils to the championship.
"I think I came out of the penalty box and stayed on the ice for that shift. so I was pretty nervous in the penalty box praying to God Dano was gonna kill it off for me," Arnott laughed. "I got a penalty at the end of the first overtime and going into the second overtime, I had to sit in the dressing room (during the intermission) thinking that I was (going to be) in the penalty box thinking, oh my God, this is going to be it. And, and then I got out and sigh of relief."
"It's the most famous goal in Devils history," Daneyko said, matter-of-factly. "I know we've won the Cup three times, but as far as dramatic, right here in Dallas, I mean, just fond memories."
The two talked about the lead-up to the Cup Final which included being down three games to one against the Philadelphia Flyers in the Conference Final. Daneyko remembered a motivational speech that Larry Robinson gave prior to Game 5 with the Devils needing three straight wins to take the series.
"That team was so good, so talented. When we were down to Philly and the emotional speech Larry gave, and I always say it's like the Vince Lombardi speech to have us rally back," Daneyko began.
"I don't know if it was the words so much and the anger or the combination. He was so passionate. And he said this team is the best team I've ever coached or ever seen and you're blowing an opportunity and don't think it's over."
"It wasn't a you guys are doing this, this and this wrong. It was more of an inspirational speech. And when Larry Robinson's saying that to you, I remember getting up after that and thinking, man, we, we can come back here. He really believes in us. We've got a really good team. I think all of us felt that," he said.
"The next game we stepped on the ice and it was, it was no way we were losing that series after that."
The Devils did ended up winning Games 5, 6 and 7 with Game 5 and 7 being in Philadelphia.