In honor of North American fans and media members alike giving the Devils no shot against the Flyers this series, and in preparation for what is surely going to be a grueling battle in tonight's game 5, I've taken the initiative of firing the first shot from the comforts of my keyboard in this Down-Goes-Brown inspired post. I hope you enjoy.
New Jersey: For Devils fans, Stanley Cup memories consist of the routine that occurred every few years throughout the mid-90s and early 2000s; which comprised of waking up, going to school and making fun of your Ranger-fan friends because the Devils had just won another Stanley Cup.
Philadelphia: For Flyers fans, Stanley Cup memories consist of quality time spent with relatives at family reunions, listening intently as the grandparents reminisce about major events that occurred many decades prior; like Pearl Harbor, Vietnam, and the Flyers only Cup victories in franchise history.
New Jersey: After a 13-4 loss in the mid-80s that resulted in Wayne Gretzky labeling them as a "Mickey Mouse organization", the Devils responded by making it to the postseason 20 out of 22 times throughout the late-80s and into today, winning the Stanley Cup three times in the process.
Philadelphia: After utilizing overtly physical play in the mid-70s to capture two Stanley Cups resulted in them earning a moniker of "The Broad Street Bullies", the Flyers responded by severely overcompensating on the "Bully" part of the nickname and failing to win the Cup ever again.
New Jersey: For Devils fans, ticket prices are kind of expensive, but the cost of admission is actually quite worth it when you consider that it includes watching one of the most successful NHL franchises in the last 20 years play inside of one of the newest and most modern arenas on the planet.
Philadelphia: For Flyers fans, ticket prices are also kind of expensive, but the cost of admission is actually quite worth it when you consider that it not only includes a ticket for one hockey game, but also a 96% chance that you’ll witness a UFC fight and/or multiple scenes from a Jerry Springer episode, all live and courtesy of the Philly faithful in the stands.
New Jersey: With three Stanley Cups, three gold medals, three silver medals, a Calder Memorial trophy, four Vezina trophies, five William M. Jennings trophies, 10 NHL All-Star Game appearances; and as the youngest goalie to reach 300, 400, and 500 career wins, the only goalie in career history to play 1,100 or more games with one team, the only NHL goalie to score a game-winning goal; and as the all-time NHL career record holder for regular season wins, regular season shutouts, most overtime wins, most regular season & playoff shutouts combined, most 40-win seasons, most 30-win seasons, most consecutive 40-win seasons, most consecutive 35-win seasons, most consecutive 30-win seasons, most career saves, most games & total minutes played by a goaltender, most career goals by a goaltender; and as the regular single-season record holder for most wins and most minutes played; and as the all-time NHL playoff record holder for most shutouts in a playoff campaign, most shutouts in a Stanley Cup final, and first goaltender in history to record three shutouts in two different playoff series; and as the holder of 30 additional New Jersey franchise records……..World-class goaltending in New Jersey knows just one name, Martin Brodeur.
Philadelphia: With a 85.5% save percentage and 3.49 goals-against-average in this year’s playoffs, a $5.666.6667 cap-hit that runs until 2020, and an NHL single-season record for most press conference references to the world and universe, the only thing world-class about Ilya Bryzgalov is that he belongs in one.
New Jersey: For Devils Captains, leading your team to hockey’s greatest prize is the ultimate way to establish yourself as legendary in the eyes of revering fans.
Philadelphia: For Flyers Captains, leading your head into Scott Steven’s shoulder and losing the ability to remember the past 30 years is the ultimate way to establish yourself as selfish in the eyes of jealous fans.