It took them five years, but the Devils finally made it out of the quarterfinals; it took them a series against the Florida Panthers, a team widely considered more inferior, but anybody who watched those game would know that the postseason Panthers didn't exactly reflect the regular season Panthers, as is generally the case in sports; and it took them double-overtime in the seventh game, but still. They made it.
Their next matchup against the Flyers is going to be tough. They've had a better season against the Flyers than they've had in recent seasons, but I'm still nervous. If their goaltender--who was less than stellar in most of the series against Pittsburgh--still struggled, we have more than a chance to win the series; but if he's on his game, well. We need our offense, then, and Marty to turn back the clock and become the goaltender he was in game seven against the Panthers.
But regardless, I'm happy. The Devils go beyond the first round, in a postseason that's seen the Canucks, the Bruins, the Penguins, and the Red Wings all eliminated. Very surprising, but that's playoff hockey. And if getting to the second round convinces Parise that we're still a competitor, then it was worth it. Well, it was already worth it; but I still hope Parise resigns.
Now, NBA and NHL both go strong into the playoffs. Playoff games every night, it's an excellent time to be a sports fan.