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For the 16th episode of the Devils Official Podcast this season, our special guests are Scott Stevens and Martin Brodeur.
Stevens and Brodeur spoke at length about the team's run to and eventual victory in the 2000 Stanley Cup Final. On February 1, the team will hold a reunion during the team's game against the Dallas Stars. Purchase tickets to the game here or the 2000 Celebration Pack.
The two Hall of Famers, along with host Matt Loughlin, talked at length about the entire 1999-2000 season and the eventual Stanley Cup championship but on their way there, the team had a road block which was the Philadelphia Flyers. The Devils were down three games to one and rallied to top Philadelphia in seven.
"That's playoff hockey. It's such a momentum swing," said Brodeur. "It was good for us to go on the road in Game 5 and win in Philadelphia. We played well. The whole playoff, we had a great playoff but we just had a little dip. After that, we never looked back."
Stevens and Brodeur also talked about Larry Robinson's famous speech which helped rally the team prior to Game 5. They also won two road games (Game 5 and 7) on their way to the series victory.
"We always relished playing on the road in hostile environments. We enjoyed that and we were always a good road team. So I think that helped us win," said Stevens.
Loughlin also asked Stevens about the famous hit on Eric Lindros. Stevens blindsided the Flyers captain, taking him out of the game.
"At the time, I play the game hard and don't want to hurt people but it was tough for me to move on from that in the game. But I play to win and I'll do whatever it takes to help my hockey club win," Stevens remarked. "I think part of my game, people knew how I played and where I liked to make my physical contact.
"It's kind defining more of a certain part of my career. I probably don't want it to be but that's the way I played the game and for me to have success and to help my team the most, the physical part was how I had to play for everything else to come together."
Stevens was asked why that particular hit is regarded as more famous than the one he had on Slava Kozlov in Game 2 of the 1995 Cup Final.
"Probably because it's Eric Lindros," he said. "He's a Hall of Famer. Won the Hart Trophy. Nothing against Kozlov but there's history there. I've played in different events with him so I knew him but I don't have friends on the ice. I'm old school to some extent and I play hard. No one's going to get a free pass.
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"If I had a chance to do it all over again, I wouldn't have changed a thing."
Another defining moment of that game and series was Patrik Elias scoring the series winner with 2:32 to go in the third.
"I believe I was on the ice and it was late in the game. It was huge. It took the air out of the building but this is what Patrik did for us. This is what that line did. Not a lot of people realized we were the second highest scoring team in 2000," Stevens stated.
Brodeur added that it was a real eye-opener for the Flyers fans.
"We finally hit them, that they might lose the series. The fans in Philadelphia. And that's the last two or three minutes."
For a third-round series, it's something both players recall just as vividly as the actual Cup win.
"That series against the Flyers is kind of something you remember more," noted Stevens. "It galvanized us."