Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunnger confirmed after tonight's devastating 4-3 Game 7 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes that he had arthroscopic surgery on April 18 to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.
He was skating six days later and back in the lineup eight days later. He scored a goal tonight, but was on the ice when the Hurricanes scored the tying goal with 1:20 left.
Of his knee, Langenbrunner said, "It felt relatively good, considering."
The rest of him was hurting pretty bad, though, after the game.
"It's shocking to be honest with you," Langenbrunner said. "It hasn't really sunk in. I can't believe it just the way it ended like that. We did so many good things for almost the entire game and to not finish was tough."
Devils left wing Jay Pandolfo was a member of the 2001 team that lost to Colorado in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, but said this defeat topped that.
"This has got to be the worst," Pandolfo said. "We had the game won. It's a Game 7. It's going to hurt for a long time. I'll tell you that."
Stunned Devils coach Brent Sutter agreed.
"Right now, there is nothing to say," Sutter said. "I think everyone is pretty disappointed. It's as tough a loss as you can possibly have. It's unexplainable."
I'll have more later after I'm done writing for the newspaper.