Stat Line Of The Night — 4/26/12 — Adam Henrique
When experts in any sport talk about a deciding seventh game in a playoff series, they often talk about the importance of experience and veteran leadership. New Jersey Devils’ rookie Adam Henrique offers neither of the above, but what he was providing his team with during last night’s Game 7 Eastern Conference Quarterfinal match-up against the Florida Panthers was a ticket to the next round.
After opening the scoring 1:29 into the game on a tip-in, Henrique was kept off the scoreboard for the following 80 minutes. Luckily for him, last night’s contest lasted a little longer than 80 minutes, leaving him time to bury the game-winner past Jose Theodore 3:47 into the second overtime period.
That goal gave the Devils the 3-2 victory, setting them up with a second-round match-up against a Philadelphia Flyers team that averaged five goals per game during their opening round series. Needless to say, the Devils’ forwards will need to find the back of the net on a regular basis if they hope to continue their playoff run. Henrique proved that he can do just that during a big game, and it earned him “The Stat Line of the Night” for Thursday, April 26, 2012.