NYSD’s Top 10 New York Sports Moments of the Decade

#5) 2000 & 2003: The Devils’ Second & Third Cups

The Islanders won their four consecutive Stanley Cups in the early 1980’s and the Rangers, their Messier-led cup in 1994, but the area’s most successful pro hockey team since, has been the New Jersey Devils, with three Stanley Cup championships in a span of nine years, the past two coming in this decade. A controversial firing of head coach Robbie Ftorek, replacing him with assistant Larry Robinson, led to the Devils’ second cup victory, after a gritty Devils teams became the first NHL team to overcome a three games to one conference finals deficit (against Philadelphia) before winning the cup on a Game 6 double overtime goal by Jason Arnott… While the Nets couldn’t close the deal against the Spurs, New Jersey’s other big pro team did. The Devils rode the fifth of what is currently eight division titles and the Eastern conference’s second seed to the Stanley Cup Finals, to win their third cup, with consecutive seven-game series victories (over Ottawa in the Eastern conference finals, and beating Anaheim in the Stanley Cup finals).

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Jon Wagner

Jon has been a credentialed writer with New York Sports Day since 2009, primarily covering the New York Knicks and Hofstra men's basketball. He has also occasionally covered other college basketball and New York's pro teams including the Mets, Giants, Jets, Islanders, Rangers and Cosmos (including their three most recent championship seasons).Jon is former Yahoo Sports contributor who previously covered various sports for the Queens Ledger. He's a proud alum of Hofstra University and the Connecticut School of Broadcasting (which he attended on a full scholarship).He remains convinced to this day that John Starks would have won the Knicks a championship in 1994 had Hakeem Olajuwon not blocked Starks' shot in Game 6 of the 1994 NBA Finals.

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