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Saturday, May 26, 2012
Notebook: Parise doesn't touch the trophy

By Mike Mazzeo

NEWARK, N.J. -- Zach Parise wanted to touch the Prince of Wales Trophy.

But as the superstition goes, it's bad luck, so Parise allowed his teammates to have the final say.

"Some guys said do what you want. Some guys said no," Parise said. "I felt the majority said no, don't touch it. So I figured I wouldn't touch it. Let's just get a picture around it. And I mean, I wanted to touch it, but the majority said no. So that's fine by me."

The Devils won the Eastern Conference title on Friday night and advanced to the Stanley Cup finals. Before the game, Parise didn't want to jinx anything.

"I didn't want to talk about it," Parise said. "I didn't want to ask about it before the game. You don't want to get too far ahead of yourself."

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It was the most anticipated handshake of the playoffs.

But when Peter DeBoer and John Tortorella met, there were no fireworks between the two coaches.

It wasn't Game 4 all over again.

"You know, he was very classy. He came over. Shook my hand. And there was nothing more than that," DeBoer said.

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Ilya Kovalchuk chose to re-sign with the Devils over inking a free-agent deal with the Kings two offseasons ago.

Now, the two teams will meet in the Stanley Cup finals. Ironic, no?

"It's a little weird that two teams that I chose from are gonna play in the finals, but I'm pretty sure I made the right decision, and I can't wait to play those games," said Kovalchuk, who is playing on a 15-year, $100 million pact with New Jersey.