NHL Playoffs 2012: Devils vs. Rangers Game 2: Live Score, Analysis and Reaction
Game 2 of the 2012 NHL Eastern Conference Finals between the New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils is now in the books as New Jersey has won 3-2 and evened this best-of-seven series 1-1.
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Final shots on goal were 27-25 for the Devils, meaning they outshot the Rangers 10-8 in the final frame.
My three stars for this game:
1. Bryce Salvador (two assists and was solid defensively all night)
2. Marc Staal (one goal, a couple of big hits and logged more ice time than anyone on either team)
3. Martin Brodeur (23 saves and a few of them were marvellous)
The Devils clear the puck after a mad scramble in front of Brodeur in the final seconds and they've tied the series at one game a piece!
New Jersey Devils: 3
New York Rangers: 2
Tortorella calls his timeout with just over 30 seconds left.
Here we go folks! It's now or never for New York!
The clock is winding down on the Rangers as Lundqvist finally heads to the bench for the extra attacker with one minute left!
Big hit by Staal on Clarkson in the Devils zone followed by Ponikarovsky running into Lundqvist at the other end. No penalty call on either play.
The refs have clearly put away their whistles with just over two minutes remaining in the third period.
Rangers need a goal to tie it!
Fayne just made an unintentional great save as he was standing behind Brodeur and the puck hit him on the way to the net.
I'm not sure if the puck was going in or not, but it's a lucky break for the Devils either way.
New Jersey has called a timeout after they iced the puck.
Devils coach Peter Deboer obviously wants to keep his players fresh since they can't make a line change on an icing call.
Rangers kill off the penalty and Gaborik is back on the ice with the top line with just over five minutes to go!
Patrik Elias gets a good opportunity for the Devils and is slashed in the process by Anisimov.
The Devils are back on the power play, which hasn't done much so far this time around.
Meanwhile, Gaborik has finally taken his first shift of the third period. He's not hurt, he's just in Tortorella's doghouse right now.
Risky move by the coach with his team down a goal.
A few good point shots with traffic by the likes of Del Zotto and Girardi for the Rangers are the only chances for either team over the last few minutes as the Devils have slowed things down.
Rangers get a few decent chances on that last power play, but overall it was a good kill by the Devils.
Still 3-2 New Jersey with 13:24 left
By the way, the assists on the Clarkson goal go to Henrique and Salvador. Time of the goal was 2:31.
Can someone tell me why Gaborik isn't anywhere to be seen on this Rangers power play? Is he hurt?
If so, I didn't see the injury.
The Rangers finally show some signs of life almost four minutes into the period, which leads to Bernier hitting Staal when he didn't have the puck.
That's what he call interference. Rangers back to the power play.
Henrique takes a wrist shot from the point that looks like it was tipped in by David Clarkson nearly three minutes into the third period.
3-2 New Jersey after putting on all kinds of pressure to start this period.
Maybe the ice actually is slanted towards the net on the right side of our broadcast.
The Devils get a good shift from their third line to start the period and Henrique almost tips a shot in past Lundqvist.
This game has been a tale of two periods.
The Devils controlled the play in the first period, while the Rangers had more pressure in the second.
It's as if the ice is slanted!
Shots on goal in the second period were 12-9 for the Rangers and are 17-17 for the game. The Rangers have still blocked seven more shots than the Devils and the hits are now 30-28 for New York.
In other words, it's a very even game as we get ready to start the third period.
Assists on that goal go to Salvador and Bernier.
Time was 18:09 and it's the first even-strength goal of the game for either team.
That's the end of period two and we're tied at two!
Another great shift by the fourth line leads to a tipped point shot by Ryan Cater.
Salvador took the shot and Carter tipped it.
2-2 tie with just over a minute left.
McDonagh just blocked a shot in the ankle and is limping to the bench. If he misses any time, it will be a huge loss for the Rangers.
However, I suspect he won't miss a shift. After all, he's a hockey player. It takes a lot more than a sore ankle to keep someone like him out of a playoff game of this magnitude.
Correction on that last goal.
Kreider has now been given credit as he tipped Stralman's shot.
Assists go to Stralman and Anisimov.
The scoring officials for this game sure aren't make my life easy!
Stralman gets the goal with Anisimov and Del Zotto getting the assists at 12:19.
All three goals in this game have been on the power play.
The Rangers are putting on more pressure after the goal.
Anton Stralman took a shot from the side boards that snuck by a screened Brodeur on the power play.
2-1 Rangers with under eight minutes left in period two.
We're back underway as Parise just had a good short-handed chance for the Devils, but Lundvist cut down the angle and made the save off of a left-wing wrist shot.
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