New Jersey Devils vs. New York Rangers Game 5: Live Score, Analysis and Reaction
Game 6 set for Friday night at 8 PM ET at the Prudential Center in Newark. Should be another great game.
Tortorella: We've been here before and we know what to do.
He also said the Rangers played their best overall game of the series tonight. He may not be wrong.
Devils now up 3-2 and one win away from the Stanley Cup final.
The Rangers were down 3-2 earlier in the playoffs and managed to advance to the next round.
No team in NHL history has won three consecutive series in seven games, but the Rangers will need to accomplish that feat if they are to win this series.
Stats and Notes:
Michael Del Zotto a minus-three in this game for the Rangers
Brian Boyle finished the game winning 13-of-14 faceoffs
Rangers outhit the Devils 40-26
Ilya Kovalchuk and Mark Fayne each had two assists for the Devils
Kovalchuk and Ryan Carter both plus-two for the Devils
1. Ryan Carter, New Jersey
2. Ryan Callahan, New York
3. Ruslan Fedotenko, New York
Peter DeBoer has done a good job of in-game coaching during this series. It showed again in tonight's game when he switched up his lines in the third period and it got results. Despite the fact that John Tortorella has more post-season experience, DeBoer appears to be outcoaching him in this series.
Very strong game for the Devils 4th line. They did more than contribute on the scoreboard, they were instrumental in setting the tempo and keeping the Rangers bottled up in their own zone.
Both goalies gave up bad goals in this game, but in the end, Brodeur made more big saves than Lundqvist did, especially in the 2nd period after the Rangers pulled to within a goal early on. The Rangers had chances to tie it throughout the first 10 minutes of the 2nd period but Brodeur kept them at bay. Sometimes it's not how many saves you make, but when you make them.
Final Score: Devils 5, Rangers 3
Devils lead the series 3 games to 2
Devils 5, Rangers 3
31.2 seconds left 3rd period
Parise scores an empty net goal to clinch this one for New Jersey. Devils kept their composure after losing a 3-0 lead. This team has kept their cool all series long.
Rangers have looked tired out there the past 4-5 minutes. Maybe the comeback took a lot out of them. Let's see if they have one more comeback in them.
Devils 4, Rangers 3 4:24 left 3rd period
Kovalchuk's forecheck causes a turnover, Gionta passes to Carter who tips one past Lundqvist. Big goal for the Devils. Big difference between Kovalchuk and Gaborik: Kovalchuk contributes even when he's not scoring goals.
Devils 3, Rangers 3 6:35 remaining 3rd period
Ice seems to be in bad shape. Puck is bouncing and players are losing their edge fairly often.
Costly icing as the Rangers are tired out there. Let's see if Devils can take advantage.
Am I the only one who feels overtime? My hunch is this is a long night ahead of us.
Lundqvist bails out Brad Richards who nearly put the puck in his own net while trying to clear it behind the goal.
Game wide open right now as both teams vie for the tie-breaking goal. Devils getting the better of the scoring chances with Josefson nearly putting one home. Next goal in this game could tip the balance of this series.
Does this fluke goal by Gaborik give him back some confidence? The Rangers certainly need more offensive production from him. Could this be the catalyst?
Rangers fans serenading Brodeur. Doubtful they will rattle the 40-year-old future Hall of Famer, but then again, Brodeur has struggled against the Rangers in recent years.
Gaborik given credit for the goal. Devils get a puck past Lundvist put it was played by a high stick and immediately whistled off by both officials.
Devils 3, Rangers 3 19:18 left 3rd period
Rangers get a gift from Brodeur just 17 seconds into the 3rd period and the game is tied 3-3. Stepan pokes the puck past Brodeur who tried to play the puck outside of the trapezoid. That is a rule that was made to limit puck handling goalies like Brodeur and it came back to hurt him at the worst possible moment.
Stats and Notes:
The Devils have 11 shots on goal by 11 different players
Rangers outhitting the Devils 28-17. Ryan Callahan has 6 to lead all players.
Brian Boyle has won 8-of-9 faceoffs through 2 periods
Andy Greene leads all Devils with 14:59 of ice time
Marc Staal leads all Rangers with 18:01 of ice time
Devils 3, Rangers 2
Game more even in the final five minutes of the period than it was in the first 15. It's anybody's game entering the 3rd period. Devils have to hope they have stabilized their play. Rangers need to continue finding ways to pressure Martin Brodeur. This game continues to be entertaining.
Devils revive their forechecking in the final two minutes of the 2nd period and put some steady pressure on the Rangers net. They are also getting traffic in front of Lundqvist. Rangers fortunate Devils fourth line didn't score.
Rangers doing a very good job on the PK. They actually had better scoring chances for the first 90 seconds on the power play than the Devils did. Penalty killers aggressive on the puck.
Ruslan Fedotenko called for a minor penalty for boarding. Foolish and unnecessary penalty. Could be very costly for the Rangers.
Shots on goal in this period: Rangers 11, Devils 2 through 15-plus minutes. Rangers have been the better team in period 2.
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