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The 2006 Daytona 500

I'm okay with Jimmie Johnson winning the 500 in '06, but Kaey Kahne could have done an better job if he won the pole and won the race forom there that year.

NJD Recap: Devils at Hurricanes

Devils at Hurricanes - 2/13/10

Devils 2, Hurricanes 5


NJD Goals:

Zach Parise (28)

Brian Rolston (PPG) (17)


CAR Goals:

Zach Boychuk (1)

Ray Whitney (18, 19)

Jussi Jokinen (22, 23)

New Jersey Devils: First Season

On June 30, 1982, the team was renamed the New Jersey Devils, after the legend of the Jersey Devil, an ominous cryptozoological creature supposed to inhabit the Pine Barrens of South Jersey. Over 10,000 people voted in a contest held by local newspapers to select the name. The team began play in East Rutherford, New Jersey at the Brendan Byrne Arena, later renamed the Continental Airlines Arena and now the Izod Center, where they would call home through the 2006-07 season. The Devils' first game ended in a 3–3 tie to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Their first win, a 3-2 victory, came in New Jersey at the expense of their new trans-Hudson rivals, the New York Rangers. The team finished with a 17-49-14 record, putting them three points above last place in the Patrick Division.

In the following season, the Devils were publicly humiliated by Wayne Gretzky after they were blown out 13-4 by his team, the Edmonton Oilers. Gretzky was upset that former teammate Ron Low played for what he considered an inferior team, and in a post-game interview said:

"Well, it's time they got their act together, folks. They're ruining the whole league. They had better stop running a Mickey Mouse organization and put somebody on ice."

Later, Gretzky publicly admitted that his comment went too far, but privately maintained that his comment was accurate. In response, many Devils fans wore Mickey Mouse apparel when the Oilers returned to New Jersey.