Fans of the New Jersey Devils haven’t had a ton to cheer for over the past few years, but that all changed after the franchise got off to a red-hot start en route to punching its ticket to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2018.
NHL fans were subsequently treated to the latest iteration of the Battle of the Hudson River, as the first-round showdown between the Devils and the Rangers marked the first time the two teams have faced off in the postseason since they met in the Eastern Conference Finals in 2012.
The nature of the rivalry meant there was already plenty of hype to go around, but New York added some fuel to the fire by recruiting Liam Neeson to film a reworked version of his iconic monologue from Taken to get fans amped up before the series kicked off.
LISTEN TO LIAM NEESON
IT IS TIME pic.twitter.com/d32NTNC1cc
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) April 18, 2023
It looked like the Rangers were well on their way to advancing to the next round after they pulled out to a 2-0 lead in the series thanks to two consecutive resounding victories where they walked away with a 5-1 win.
However, the Devils were not only able to even things up but put New York on the verge of elimination after racking up three consecutive wins.
The Rangers initially avoided that fate by forcing a Game 7, but when everything was said and done, New Jersey earned the right to advance by shutting out their cross-river foes in a 4-0 game on Monday (which resulted in quite the celebration).
The Devil wasted no time using that aforementioned video to do some trolling, as the team recruited Patrick Warburton (who played superfan David Puddy in “The Face Painter” episode of Seinfeld) to sit down and film a clip that was edited into the original post.
Damn spam calls. pic.twitter.com/vRsKOJ27DY
— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) May 2, 2023
Very well played.