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ANIMATED: Devils Leave Ice Under A Hail Storm Of Rubber Rats

The New Jersey Devils couldn't replicate their Game 1 success Sunday night against the Florida Panthers, losing 4-2 to even the series at one game apiece as the action heads back to New Jersey for games 3 and 4. Florida fans responded to the win by showering the ice and the players with rubber rats, a tradition that dates back to the 1995-96 season when Scott Mellanby killed a rat in the team locker room before going on to score two goals in the season opener in what was eventually dubbed "the rat trick."

Check out the GIF after the jump. Click to animate.

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And just for good measure, here's a picture from ice level.

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