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Updated: October 11, 2005, 10:02 AM ET
What will I remember about Scott Stevens' career? Well, it's easy to recall the monster hits on Eric Lindros and Paul Kariya. And, it's not hard to picture the Devils' captain holding the Stanley Cup over his head like a child's toy. His grip and grin session with the Conn Smythe Trophy is easy to remember, too.

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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