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Thursday, June 7, 2012
'Power of the mustache' propels N.J. Devils

By Patrick Dorsey

What helped New Jersey avoid a four-game Stanley Cup finals sweep against the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night?

Check the tape (above).

You see, Ryan Carter -- 28-year-old center for the Devils -- openly acknowledges his inability to grow a playoff beard. So he's gone full 'stache, something a once-goateed Adam Henrique decided to mimic for Game 4.

And for those who don't know, Henrique scored the game-winning goal with less than five minutes left.

The power of the mustache, indeed.

Ryan Carter
Ryan Carter, after the Devils beat the Rangers in the Eastern Conference finals.
Adam Henrique
Adam Henrique, happily answering questions after the Devils' Game 4 win.
Adam Henrique
... and, minutes earlier, Henrique celebrating after displaying that 'stache's power.