Tonight's game will be the fifth Game 7 of Brendan Shanahan's career. That we know.
What we don't know is if it will be the final game of Shanahan's career as well.
Shanahan, 40, said that isn't on his mind today.
"No, I'm not thinking about that," he said. "I'm thinking about it being the game that will lead to my next game."
Devils coach Brent Sutter said he is not surprised by the contributions the team has received from David Clarkson (two goals) in the series.
"I think Clarkie get underestimated for what he brings to the team throughout the year," Sutter said. "This guy is the epitome of a warrior. Every game he goes to battle. He's a young player still learning the process of the game of wanting to be a complete player, but he doesn't take nights off as far as compete level. He just so happened to been able to get on the scoresheet for us in the playoffs. For a player like that, he had (17) goals this year. That's a pretty good year for him in the regular season and he certainly has carried that through in the playoffs and he's played well.
"I know he hasn't been an 18-minute guy, but the minutes he has played (8:15 per game) he's been very effective."
Sutter was a member of the 1987 Islanders team that played in the longest Game 7 in NHL history against Washington in the Patrick Division Semifinals. He didn't play in the game, however, because of an injury.
"Unfortunately, I wasn't playing in that game," Sutter said. "I was injured at the time and I was actually helping our head coach Terry Simpson behind the bench. I was out that whole series. I got hurt at the end of the regular season. That was a long one."
That one ended on Pat LaFontaine's goal 8:47 into the fourth overtime, which gave the Islanders a 3-2 victory.
"In that situation, you got into four overtimes and each overtime period, you came in after the period was over and the dressing room seemed to get looser and looser," Sutter recalled. "It seemed to get to the point where you were punch drunk. It got to be pretty giddy in there and guys were just like, 'Go play.' There wasn't much the coaches were saying at all. What do you say at that point in time? It was another situation that occurs in overtime in the playoffs where the puck was thrown at the net and it went in the net."