Second Heaven – New Jersey Devils 2000 Stanley Cup Champions [VHS]

The New Jersey Devils have suffered through a number of disappointing seasons following their first championship in 1995. They dispelled their frustrations, though, by winning the 2000 Stanley Cup, as recounted in Second Heaven, the official NHL championship video. The 1999-2000 season was a chaotic one for the Devils, for even as they led the Eastern Conference with eight games left in the regular season, lackluster play spurred GM Lou Lamoriello to fire coach Robbie Ftorek. Under former assistant Larry Robinson, the resurgent Devils beat the rival Florida Panthers in the season finale and again in the first round of the playoffs. A win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, a historic comeback from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Philadelphia Flyers, and a grueling six-game victory over the defending champion Dallas Stars sealed the championship for New Jersey. This 55-minute video features extensive footage of each round of the playoffs as well as comments by Martin Brodeur, Scott Niedermayer, Ken Daneyko, Jason Arnott, and Larry Robinson, among others. Also included are profiles of All-Star rookie Scott Gomez and the high-scoring “Arnott Line” of center Arnott and Czech wings Patrik Elias and Petr Sykora, and of course plenty of bone-crunching hits from playoff MVP Scott Stevens. Hockey fans, and especially Devils fans, will find this a stirring memento of an unforgettable season. –David Horiuchi

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