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Devils' ending an unfamiliar one

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The New Jersey Devils found themselves in an eerily dark Prudential Center Monday morning, clearing out their lockers and heading home, a situation that the franchise had not experienced since 1996.

The Devils indeed missed the postseason in '96, just one year after the first of three Stanley Cup championships. Every year since, there's been extra hockey in Jersey.

Not this year.

"It really stinks, seeing the season end early like this," center Travis Zajac said. "It's not what you play for. It's not what we're used to."

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