But, for me, the ultimate Stevens moment came in an exhibition game against the Rangers in 2002. In a nothing game, the then-38-year-old Stevens threw himself in front of a slap shot. The blast caromed off his arm, ricocheting into the crowd. Stevens winced in pain as skated back to his bench.
A few days later, at Devils practice, I asked Stevens what in the world he was thinking by risking injury in a meaningless game. He smiled and shook his head. "It just happened," he explained. "I guess I don't know any better."
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