• Adam Henrique scored in the second overtime period to give the Devils a 3-2 victory over the Panthers. The only other rookie to score an overtime goal in the seventh game of a NHL playoff series was Claude Lemieux for the Canadiens against the Hartford Whalers in a second-round series in 1986.
Martin Brodeur (age 39) and Jose Theodore (35) were the goaltenders in the Devils victory over the Panthers. It marked only the third time in NHL history that a pair of goalies, both age 35 or older, faced each other in Game 7 of a playoff series. The others were Dominik Hasek (Red Wings) vs. Patrick Roy (Avalanche) in 2002, and Tim Thomas (Bruins) vs. Dwayne Roloson (Lightning) last year.
• Marc Staal and Dan Girardi gave the Rangers a two-goal lead and Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 26 shots in the Rangers' 2-1 victory over the Senators. It was first time in Rangers history that a pair of defensemen gave them a 2-0 lead in a playoff game, and it was only the second Game 7 in NHL history in which defensemen provided all the scoring for the winning team. Maybe some of our senior-most readers would know the name of Leo Reise Jr., a Red Wings defenseman who scored an overtime goal in Detroit's 1-0 victory over Toronto in the 1950 NHL semifinals.
Honorable mention to Brian Leetch, who scored the first two goals for the Rangers in a playoff victory over the Flyers in 1995, as did Ott Heller in a 1932 win over the Canadiens.