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Henrique coming of age in playoffs

Rookie earns coach's trust, delivering for Devils in high-pressure situations

Updated: May 19, 2012, 1:10 PM ET
By Katie Strang | ESPNNewYork.com

NEWARK, N.J. -- Thirty-five seconds into his first shift of his first NHL playoff game, Devils rookie Adam Henrique laid a big hit on Florida's Marco Sturm, dumping Sturm over the Panthers' bench. Moments later, he found himself entangled in a scuffle with veteran John Madden along the boards.

The message from the ex-Devil to the 22-year-old? Welcome to the playoffs, kid.

"You could tell right away it was more intense, a different level," Henrique said, recalling the scrape. "I was ...

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