2012 NHL Playoffs, Rangers Vs. Devils: New Jersey Reaches Finals With 3-2 OT Victory

New Jersey advanced to Stanley Cup Finals by defeated New York Rangers in overtime

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Adam Henrique: Game-Winning Goal 'One You Dream About'

Playoff series-winning goals are getting to be old hat for Adam Henrique of the New Jersey Devils. The 22-year-old rookie scored the game-winner in overtime Friday night as the Devils won, 3-2, to oust the New York Rangers in six games in the NHL Eastern Conference Finals. Henrique also had the game-winner in Game 7 of the opening round against the Florida Panthers in double overtime.

“That was Johnny on the spot for that one, I guess. Kovalchuk and Poni did a good job in front. I was sitting there. I couldn’t see the puck. I knew it was down, and I was just praying it was going to come under his pad,” said Henrique. “It’s a big one. It’s one you dream about.”

Henrique and the Devils hope there are more thrills for them against the Los Angeles Kings in a Stanley Cup Finals series that will begin Wednesday night.

“There’s still more ahead. We’re not done yet. We haven’t really won anything,” said Henrique. “It’s a long ride. And this is ‑‑ every kid dreams of playing in the Stanley Cup Finals. And we have a chance to win.”

Yes, they do. And the 22-year-old kid had a lot to do with getting the Devils that chance.

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New Jersey Devils Reach Stanley Cup Finals: Peter DeBoer Reaction

Peter DeBoer has taken the New Jersey Devils to the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Finals in his first season as coach of the team. DeBoer, whose team begins play against the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday, is enjoying the moment.

" I was out of work last June and July and got a call from Hall of Fame general manager who recognized some of the work I had done in Florida and gave me a chance … I’m fortunate to be sitting here," DeBoer said.

“These moments you enjoy. It doesn’t matter whether it’s your first year, your fifth year. We talked after the game. Dainius Zubrus is a great example. Went to the Cup final in his first year in the league, and you’re 10, 12, 15 years later, and he’s getting a second opportunity. So you don’t get picky when these opportunities come along. You enjoy every minute of it, as much as you can, because it’s awful tough to get here.”

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Devils 3, Rangers 2 (OT): John Tortorella Says 'I Thought We Were The Better Team'

New York Rangers coach John Tortorella was defiant in defeat Friday night. After the New Jersey Devils advanced to the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Finals by defeating Tortorella’s Rangers 3-2 in overtime in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Tortorella said “I thought we were the better team.”

The Rangers fell behind 2-0 after one period then fought back to tie the game before losing in overtime.

“I thought we played ‑‑ after getting through the first period, I thought we played a really good hockey game,” Tortorella said. “After a little bit of a struggle, we gathered ourselves and I thought we played two really good periods. I thought it was going to end in overtime. I thought it was going to be us.”

It wasn’t, though, as the sixth-seeded Devils ousted the top-seeded Rangers to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals against the Los Angeles Kings.

“Give them some credit,” Tortorella said of the Devils. "They did it through the whole playoffs. And they’re a pretty good hockey club. They’re a balanced team. And they were a pretty good team.

“So we talk about it. We try to get our footing. We struggled a little bit there. But as we go into overtime, I think we’re the better team. But they make the big play.”

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Devils Vs. Rangers, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 6: New Jersey Defeats New York 3-2, Advances To Stanley Cup Finals

The New Jersey Devils scored just over a minute into the overtime period of Game 6 of their NHL Eastern Conference Finals series against the New York Rangers, winning 3-2 to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. The Devils took the series 4-2, and will now face the Los Angeles Kings in the Finals.

The Devils opened the game strong, going up 2-0 in the first period. The Rangers came back in the second period on goals by Ruslan DFedotenko and Ryan Callahan. Things looked to be going the Rangers' way as the game progressed, with New York outshooting New Jersey 13-7 in the second period and 8-5 in the third.

The overtime period opened with an offensive flurry by New York, but the Devils were able to clear the puck. They followed it down the ice and after a scramble in front of New York's goal Adam Henrique was able to put it past Rangers goalkeeper Henrik Lundqvist for the win.

Lundqvist ended the game with 26 saves on 29 shots, while New Jersey's Martin Brodeur saved 33 of 35 shots. Ryan Carter, Ilya Kovalchuk and Henrique had goals for New Jersey.

Stick with this storystream for more updates from the 2012 NHL Playoffs. Blue Shirt Banter is your home for Rangers news and analysis, and if the Devils are your team, check out In Lou We Trust.

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Devils 5, Rangers 3 -- Game 5 NHL Eastern Conference Finals: Peter DeBoer Reaction

New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer called his team’s 5-3 victory over the New York Rangers Wednesday in the 2012 NHL Eastern Conference Finals “an adventure.”

That is probably the best way to describe a game in which New Jersey led 3-0 before the game was 10 minutes old, watched the Rangers dominate for a long stretch after that and eventually tie the game, then win it in the final 4:24.

“Kind of a tale of two or three games out there. I thought obviously we got the great start, a little bit of an unexpected 3‑0 lead. We haven’t had a lead like that in a while. The Rangers pushed. I thought we were tentative. Started to play a little in between, got away from our forecheck and really for the middle portion of the game, you know, they had us on our heels,” DeBoer said.

“I thought we found a way to weather the storm and we hung with it, and we felt that if we could get back on the forecheck we could create some more offense.
And the goal was a forecheck goal. Kovalchuk goes in, eliminates the defensemen. Gionta scoops up the puck and makes a play.”

The Devils can close out the series and move on to face the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Finals with a victory in Game 6 Friday night at the Prudential Center.

“This [Madison Square Garden] is a tough rink to get a win in,” DBoer said. “So we were fortunate and looking forward to have an opportunity to close this out at home.”

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Devils 5, Rangers 3 -- Game 5 NHL Eastern Conference Finals: John Tortorella Reaction

New York Rangers coach John Tortorella said after Game 5 of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals that he felt the Rangers “probably played our best game of the series tonight."

Unfortunately for Tortorella and the Rangers their “best game” was a 5-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils. That leaves New York in a 3-2 hole and facing elimination Friday night at New Jersey’s Prudential Center.

The Rangers climbed out of a 3-0 hole less than 10 minutes into the game to draw even at 3-3 early in the third period. They could not complete the comeback, however.

“We’ve been through it before,” Tortorella said. “And I know the guys are‑‑ it’s a hard one to lose the way we lost tonight, crawling back into it, but we’ll go through our day tomorrow. We’ll regroup. And, again, I have tremendous amount of confidence in how we’ll react to this.”

Tortorella said he “felt when we tied it, we stopped making plays.”

The Rangers have now lost the last two games to the Devils, and their season will be on the line Friday night in New Jersey.

“We’ve been here before,” Tortorella said. “We were here before earlier in the Playoffs. And so we’ll just take the next game. It’s all we’re looking for is our next game.”

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New Jersey Devils Game Five Reaction: What Went Right, What Went Wrong

The New Jersey Devils stole Game 5.

New Jersey blew a three goal lead, but Ryan Carter scored the game-winning goal late in the third period as the Devils defeated the New York Rangers, 5-3, in what could be the defining game of the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Devils didn't deserve a win in the game. After opening the first 10 minutes of the game with goals from Stephen Gionta, Patrik Elias and Travis Zajac, New York took over. They scored the next three goals over two-plus periods, eliminating the Devils forecheck and dominating play. At one point during the second period, the Rangers were outshooting the Devils by a 2-to-1 margin.

It took a defensive breakdown by the Rangers to score the game-winning goal. Carter, coming off the bench, snuck into the offensive zone as Ilya Kovalchuk started the forecheck. Gionta, down low with Kovalchuk, took the loose puck and fired it through the legs of Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi, who moments before lifted his stick out of the passing lane. Gionta's pass found Carter at the front of the net, and he one-timed it by Henrik Lundqvist for his third goal of the postseason.

New Jersey can punch their ticket to the Stanley Cup Finals in Game 6. That game will be Friday night at the Prudential Center.

There was a lot to like from the Devils win, but plenty to dislike as well. They got lucky, and stole a game at Madison Square Garden. Here's what went right, and what went wrong, for New Jersey in Game 5:

What Went Right

The Fourth Line

Here was the stat line for the Devils fourth line tonight:

  • Stephen Gionta: 9:49 ice time, 1g, 1a, 1 shot
  • Ryan Carter: 7:44 ice time, 1g, 2 shots
  • Steve Bernier: 9:07 ice time, 1a

That's incredible production from a line that went quite after the first round win over the Florida Panthers. The fourth line accounted for almost half of the Devils goals, including the game-winner, and kept them going when the other three lines failed. They were the most consistent group, and Devils coach Peter DeBoer rewarded them with important minutes late in the game. Gionta was even double-shifted during the final period.

The Devils depth has been a strength all season long, and it showed tonight. No team expects the fourth line to carry them, especially in the playoffs. But that's exactly what these three did tonight, and it shows the advantage in depth New Jersey has over the Rangers.

Martin Brodeur

By no means was this game a pretty one for the Devils netminder. Brodeur finished with 25 saves on 28 shots, an .893 save percentage. It was the first time he allowed three goals since May 3, the Devils third game of its second round series against the Philadelphia Flyers. The game-tying goal came from an odd-angle shot that got tangled up in his skates. He did, however, make the big saves when he needed to. He stoned Chris Kreider in the slot during the third period, keeping the game tied. He also made a glove save on a point shot, then dove to his right to cover the open net and take an opportunity away from Ryan Callahan. That save also came with the game tied.

On a night when Lundqvist wasn't much better, the game came down to what goalie could make key saves at key moments. Brodeur did that, and while the fans in MSG had plenty to cheer about, he got the last laugh.

Adam Henrique

Henrique made his impact felt tonight, recording an assist on the Elias goal and making several nice plays in all three zones. On the Elias goal, the rookie shot the puck from the point, forcing Lundqvist to leave a rebound. The puck eventually worked its way off Artem Anisimov and into the back of the net, giving the Devils a two-goal cushion in the first period. He also made a nice defensive play in the second period, racing back after a turnover to tip a centering pass into the netting. He's had his growing pains, including a brief demotion to the fourth line tonight. Overall, he's continued to produce, and is a solid anchor on the team's second line.

The first ten minutes of the game....

New Jersey played well during those first 10 minutes, coming out with an aggressive forecheck. They took advantage of a shaky Lundqvist, and netted three goals. Then, they sat back for the almost two periods, allowing New York to take it to them. Which leads me to my next point...

...The last five minutes of the game

The Devils started playing better at the halfway point of the final period, but this is where they turned things around. The aggressive forecheck returned, and when they took the lead, they continued to attack. New York didn't get another great opportunity to score, and Zach Parise iced the win with an empty-net tally.

What Went Wrong

The middle of the game

New Jersey fell into the same trap as they did earlier in the playoffs, when they jumped out to a 3-0 lead on the Panthers. Instead of maintaining their aggressive play, they sat back and let New York dictate the pace. A few mental errors along the way, and it's a 3-3 game just 17 seconds into the third period. No team can afford to play that way in the playoffs. Somehow New Jersey managed to hold out for the win, but it was a lucky victory. The Rangers had all of the opportunities for most of the game, and for the first time in the series thoroughly dominated the Devils.

The MSG Glass

No goalie should venture out of his crease at MSG. Pucks take all kinds of funny hops off the glass, and it gave both teams great scoring opportunities in this game.

Brodeur's Trapezoid Gaffe

If these playoffs have proved one thing, it's that the trapezoid was installed to thwart Brodeur's puck-handling. It sure gave a huge assist to the Rangers tonight. At the start of the period, Brodeur moved to the right side of his crease to play a loose puck. It rolled just too far, crossing over the "no-play" line right before Brodeur could touch it. As he scrambled back into the open crease, Marian Gaborik fired the puck into Brodeur's skates. It led to the game-tying goal, and put one on the blooper reel for Brodeur.

Callahan's Goal

This was a tough one to judge. Ryan Callahan scored New York's second goal of the game, coming toward the net and deflecting the puck in with his skate. On the replay, it shows Callahan picking up his skate, putting it back on the ice and turning it as the puck comes into the crease. He wasn't making an attempt to stop, and could have been flagged for kicking in the puck. Devils fans will remember earlier this season, when Parise had a potential game-tying goal waved off for a "distinct kicking motion" that was much less than that. In the playoffs, those are always tough calls. But it sure looked like it could have met the requirements for a no goal. For a better look, check out the replay.



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Rangers Vs. Devils, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 5: Ryan Carter Goal Helps New Jersey To 5-3 Win

The New Jersey Devils used two late goals to snap a tie and pick up a 5-3 victory over the New York Rangers in Game 5 of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals. The Devils own a 3-2 series lead and head back to New Jersey for Game 6.

Ryan Carter got the puck in front of the net with just over five minutes to play in the game and knocked it past Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. It was his third goal of the playoffs. Zach Parise found an empty net with less than a minute to play for his seventh goal of the playoffs this year.

The Devils took a 3-0 lead before the game was 10 minutes old on goals by Stephen Gionta, Patrik Elias and Travis Zajac. The Rangers got within 3-1 late in the period on a goal by Brandon Prust.

New York came alive in the second period, pushing their way around the offensive zone. Ryan Callahan tipped in a shot just 32 seconds into the second period to get the Rangers within 3-2. New York dominated play in the period, getting 11 shots to New Jersey's five, but could not get the equalizer.

The Rangers got even just 17 seconds into the final period on a goal by Marian Gaborik. The Rangers controlled play for much of the period until Carter's stunning score gave New Jersey its winning margin with 4:24 to play.

Martin Brodeur stopped 25 shots for New Jersey. Lundqvist faced only 16 shots, saving 12, for New York.

Game 6 is scheduled for Friday night at 8 p.m. in New Jersey. The Devils will be looking to close out the series and head to the Stanley Cup Finals to face the Los Angeles Kings.

For more on the Rangers vs. Devils NHL Playoff series, make sure to check out this SB Nation New York StoryStream. Meanwhile, the SB Nation blogs Blueshirt Banter and In Lou We Trust has all your commentary and discussion on the Eastern Conference Final.

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2012 NHL Playoffs, Rangers Vs. Devils Game 5: Peter DeBoer Press Conference

Asked about his shouting match with New York Rangers coach John Tortorella during Game 4 of the 2012 NHL Eastern Conference Finals on Monday, New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer said “I think emotion takes over … took offense at what happened on the ice, and ”http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=79765" target="new">that was my outlet, right or wrong."

DeBoer’s Devils won 4-1 Monday, knotting the best-of-seven series at 2-2. Game 5 is Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network). Thus far in the series the teams have alternated victories.

“I think the one thing we’ve learned with these playoffs is momentum hasn’t played a role, I don’t think, in either team’s series, when you look back over the three rounds,” DeBoer said.“So we just want to keep doing what we’re doing. We feel that if we stick to our game plan, that whether we play on the road or at home, that good things will happen.”

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2012 NHL Playoffs, Rangers Vs. Devils Game 5: John Tortorella Will 'Pray' For Offense

Through four games of the 2012 NHL Eastern Conference Finals goals have been tough to come by for the New York Rangers. Among the Rangers top six regular-season scorers, only Ryan Callahan has a goal against in the series against the New Jersey Devils. And that was an empty-netter.

So, what is New York head coach John Tortorella going to do about the lack of offense, especially from his stars?

“Pray. I don’t know what else to tell you. We’re going to keep on trying to play, pray, and hopefully something good happens to them,” Tortorella said Tuesday.

Tortorella did, however, reiterate a point he has been making recently — that his team needs to do a better job with the puck.

“I think the series right now is that we’re simply not‑‑ we don’t have the puck enough. Jersey has the puck a lot more minutes than we do. I think that’s something we need to try to change,” Tortorella said. “It’s a combination of a number of things. It’s getting out of your end clean. It’s holding on to pucks in their end when they have opportunities.t comes just within your play. So there’s no one particular thing. But it has been a series so far of them having the puck a lot more than we have.”

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2012 NHL Playoffs, Rangers Vs. Devils Game 5: Game Time, TV Coverage And More

The New York Rangers better hope that history continues to repeat itself in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final with the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night (8 p.m. EST, NBCSN) at Madison Square Garden. Not only have the Rangers alternated wins and losses for 11 games in a row, they've spoken ad nauseum that one game's result doesn't carry over the next.

After the Devils dominated Game 4 with a 4-1 win, New York has to hope that's true. New Jersey, just like it has for most of this series, came out with energy New York could not match, this time scoring twice in the first period, unlike Game 3 when Henrik Lundqvist stole the win for the Rangers. The fast start set the pace, and the Rangers were unable to generate any modicum of offense, getting thoroughly outplayed in the loss.

The encouraging thing for the Rangers is that the series is tied at two games apiece. It's also become a best-of-three series with them controlling home ice. But even with the series even, New Jersey, by a good margin, has been the better team. The Rangers have been opportunistic with most of their goals, reliant on defense and living and dying by Lundqvist's play in net. That's similar to the recipe of success they've used all season, though scoring has been harder to come by and they really use some production from their top-six forwards, not named Chris Kreider. Too much of their offense has been "one and done," as they've failed to win enough puck battles to sustain any zone time. That makes their chances for a wins totally hinged on Lundqvist.

For the Devils, the game plan should be the same: use their forecheck to wear down their opponent, thereby creating more offensive chances and causing headaches for the Rangers in exiting the zone. New Jersey has proven that it is balanced -- and captain Zach Parise has found his game after a three-point night -- and can roll all four lines on the ice and get some sort of contribution. It has also showed that it can combat New York's cycling style, by winning the battles along the boards and transitioning quickly of their own zone. Though the Rangers did not score on their power play chance in Game 4, the Devils should do them no favors by being undisciplined -- New Jersey has been the better team five-on-five -- as New York has gone 4-for-11 on the man advantage.



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Devils Vs. Rangers, 2012 NHL Playoffs: Did New Jersey Find The Answer For Henrik Lundqvist?

The New York Rangers have an issue with taking commanding series leads and the best example of that was Monday, when the Blueshirt were beaten handily by the New Jersey Devils, 4-1, In Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final. The victory for the Devils helped them tie the best-of-seven series at 2-2.

Overall, the results were really good for the SB Nation blog In Lou We Trust, who thinks the Devils may have found a way to stop Rangers' goaltender Henrik Lundqvist:

Tonight, the Devils wailed on the Rangers in terms of hockey and finally solved Lundqvist. The Rangers' response was to get chippy, to get nasty, and they end up receiving with a trip back to MSG with a loss. I'd call that a decisive result.

Meanwhile, the Rangers' blog, Blueshirt Banter, says to take command of the series now, New York needs to win it:

Here is one of the most compelling stats of these playoffs (Carp was tweeting it during the game): With an opportunity to take a two-game lead in the playoffs the Rangers are 0-7. 0-for-7. And now if they want to take a two-game series lead against the New Jersey Devils they need to win the series 4-2.

Game 5 will be played Wednesday night at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Network.

For more on the Ravers vs. Devils NHL Playoff series, make sure to check out this SB Nation New York StoryStream. Meanwhile, the SB Nation blogs Blueshirt Banter and In Lou We Trust has all your commentary and discussion on the Eastern Conference Final.

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Devils 4, Rangers 1: Henrik Lundqvist Post-Game Reaction [VIDEO]

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has been virtually impenetrable throughout much of the 2012 NHL Playoffs. Monday night, however, in a 4-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals Lundqvist was not as sharp, surrendering three goals. He called it a "disappointing game overall."

They got a good start and we could never really get going," Lundqvist said. "It's happened a few times in the playoffs here. Started the game on our heels a little bit."

The best-of-seven series is now knotted at 2-2 with Game 5 set for Wednesday night (8 p.m. ET) at Madison Square Garden.

We're really disappointed right now not being able to come back with another big one," Lundqvist said. "We just have to forget about it and move on. It's down to three games. Now it's time to just do it."

-- See Blueshirt Banter for more on the Rangers and In Lou We Trust for more on the Devils

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Devils 4, Rangers 1: Peter DeBoer Post-Game Reaction [VIDEO]

In a game they badly needed to win, the New Jersey Devils outplayed the New York Rangers right from the beginning. The Devils jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first period of Game 4 of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals, ending up with a 4-1 victory that knotted the best-of-seven series at 2-2.

Devils coach Peter DeBoer thought that quick start was the key for his team.

"Our guys responded with a big effort. I thought right from the drop of the puck, we executed our game plan and played on our toes," DeBoer said. "I thought we put some pressure on early, and it looked like it was going to be more of the same from the night before. We had some quality chances early. Couldn't get one by him. But obviously the first one was a big one. Kind of lifted a weight off us, and I thought we played a little bit looser and a little bit freer from then on."

See the video below for DeBoer's press conference, and see ASAP Sports for the full transcript.

-- See In Lou We Trust for more on the Devils, and Blueshirt Banter for more on the Rangers

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Devils 4, Rangers 1: John Tortorella Post-Game Reaction [VIDEO]

After watching his New York Rangers get dismantled by the New Jersey Devils, 4-1, in Game 4 of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals it might have been reasonable to expect the usually short with the media Rangers coach John Tortorella to be terse in his post-game reaction. Surprisingly, Tortorella was fairly expansive in his answers after watching the Devils knot the best-of-seven series, 2-2.

A fairly compliant Tortorella bristled only when asked about his in-game shouting match with Devils coach Peter DeBoer, saying "I'm not going to answer any questions on that."

In reference to his team's performance in Game 4 Tortorella was primarily concerned about his team's propensity for turning the puck over in its own end.


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"We have to hold on to some pucks. We had opportunities. We had the yips with us. We just gave it back to them, and they just progressed with their forecheck and momentum comes their way," Tortorella said. "It was a struggle for a number of our guys. But we have to move by it. We have to have a short‑term memory."

See the full interview below. You can read the full interview transcript at ASAP Sports.

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NHL Eastern Conference Finals: New Jersey Devils Will 'Shuffle Some Things Around'

Trailing the New York Rangers 2-1 in the best-of-seven 2012 NHL Eastern Conference Finals, New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer has decided to “shuffle some things around” for Game 4.

The biggest shuffle is that center Jacob Josefson, out since April 3 with a fractured left wrist, will play for the first time on Monday night when New Jersey hosts Game 4.

“He finished the season very strong. The last three, four weeks of the season he was great. Fresh legs this time of year. You’re 15 games into a playoff run. Can never hurt,” DeBoer said. “And he’s been an effective guy for us, and we missed him while he was out.”

DeBoer will also shuffle some of his lines.

“We got shut out. We were trying to generate some offense. That’s been fairly common practice for us to move people around when we haven’t had success scoring goals,” DeBoer said. "I think the easy thing would be to stick with it and just hope you come out the next game, do the same thing and score.

“But we’ve decided to shuffle some things around, and I think we’ll get some results in that.”

We will find out Monday night if DeBoer is right.

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Rangers Vs. Devils, NHL Eastern Conference Finals: John Tortorella Rips Into Devils

So, you have been waiting for New York Rangers coach John Tortorella to open up to the media and give more than clipped, two or three word answers. Well, Sunday Tortorella opened up big-time. The reason? New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer claiming that Brandon Prust of the Rangers was “head-hunting” when he hit Anton Volchenkov in Game 3 of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals.

“Prust has played probably 300‑plus games without any hearing, anything going on with him. He’s probably one of the most honest players,” Tortorella said Sunday.

The Rangers coach was just warming up.

“I look at Zubrus’ elbow to Stralman. I look at Parise launching himself at Del Zotto. Maybe if our players stayed down on the ice, we’ll get something.

“We tell our players don’t stay down on the ice. Get up. I hope ‑ I’ll leave it at that. Picking on the power play, set plays, picking on the power play,”Tortorella said. “If we want to start discussing officials with the media, I have a long list here. That’s a set play by Jersey. Picking so we can’t get to Kovalchuk to block a shot.”

Prust has a hearing today with the NHL regarding the hit. No word has yet come down as to whether or not he will play in Game 4 on Monday night.

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Rangers Vs. Devils, Game 3 Reaction: Henrik Lundqvist Puts On A Show

Behind a flurry of goals in the third period and an outstanding performance by goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, the New York Rangers took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series over their tri-state rival, the New Jersey Devils. Lundqvist collected his second shutout of the series, and according to the SB Nation blog Blueshirt Banter put on a show Rangers' fans are approving of.

First off, let me welcome you to the Henrik Lundqvist show as this man stood on his head all game long, and came away with his second shutout of the series. As the Rangers were struggling to find their game through the first two periods, Henrik Lundqvist was on his game all afternoon.


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Meanwhile, SB Nation's In Lou We Trust can't help put give the goaltender all the credit:

Devils fans have to begrudgingly give all the credit to Lundqvist. He fully earned his shutout today. He saw odd man rushes, and came away with a stop. He had an early breakaway in the second period by Ilya Kovalchuk and he got his body in front of him. He had traffic to deal with and still kept it out. He stopped all kinds of shots; impressively flashing the glove for the ones aimed at his supposed weakspot. Lundqvist was the primary, secondary, and tertiary reason why the Rangers were in this game, as well as being in the Eastern Conference Finals at all.

Can Lundqvist keep up his remarkible play in Game 4? We will all find out Monday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.

For more on the Rangers vs. Devils Eastern Conference playoff series, make sure to check out this SB Nation New York StoryStream.

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Rangers 3, Devils 0 -- Eastern Conference Finals Game 3: DeBoer Says Lundqvist Was The Difference

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist turned away 36 shots in his team’s 3-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils Saturday afternoon in Game 3 of the 2012 NHL Eastern Conference Finals. The Rangers got only 21 shots, but Lundqvist’s play kept the Rangers in the game until they could finally generate some offense in the third period.

“I think their goalie, you know, was the difference. We generated some opportunities, some zone time, moved the puck around well,” said Devils coach Peter DeBoer. "When you lose a game like this, where we out chance and out play the other team for long stretches, easy to look at it under a microscope and say, oh, boy, they played two great shifts here and that was the difference in the game.

“We strung together six or seven great shifts. We didn’t capitalize on it. That’s the story of the game. So, you know, we had opportunities. If we find a way to score one in the first two periods, it’s a different game. We didn’t.”

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Devils Vs. Rangers, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 3: Rangers Beat Devils, 3-0

The New York Rangers defeated the New Jersey Devils on Saturday, 3-0, taking a 2-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Rangers goalie, Henrik Lundqvist, was the star of the game. The Devils out-shot the Rangers, 36-22, but because Lundqvist saved every shot attempted against him, the Rangers were able to hang close for two periods and end the game in the third with three goals. The Devils also failed to convert on all five power-play opportunities.

The Rangers broke a scoreless tie with two goals in the first 5:16 of the third period. Dan Girardi scored a power play goal at the 3:19 mark off an assist from Brad Richards and Chris Kreider scored on a tip-in at 5:16. New York completed the scoring with an empty-net goal at the 17:47 mark by Ryan Callahan.

Game four is scheduled for Monday at 8 p.m. ET, in New Jersey, televised on NBC Sports Network.

For more on the Rangers please be sure to visit our blog Blueshirt Banter. For the Devils, please check out In Lou We Trust and for all the latest news and updates, stay right here on SB Nation New York.

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Devils 3, Rangers 2 -- Eastern Conference Finals, Game 2: Peter DeBoer Reaction

New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer thought his team’s “overall game was much better” in Game 2 of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals, a game the Devils won, 3-2, to knot their series with the New York Rangers at 1-1.

“I thought we established our forecheck right off the bat in the first period and we’re creating zone time and chances. I think in the second a couple of the penalties took us out of it and they regained some momentum with couple of power play goals,” DeBoer said. “But we felt that if we could play five‑on‑five and stick with it, that we were going to get rewarded, and that’s what happened.”

The Devils now head home for games 3 and 4.

“We have to take care of business at home. It’s [Madison Square Garden] a tough building to win in. And it’s nice to get a split. But there’s a lot of hockey left. And glad to be going home for two.”

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VIDEO: Rangers Coach John Tortorella Will 'Keep It In The Room'

You had to know New York Rangers coach John Tortorella, famously short with his responses to questions from the media, would not be in the mood to talk following Wednesday night's 3-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils in Game 2 of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals.

He wasn't. See for yourself.

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Rangers Vs. Devils, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 2: David Clarkson Goal Gives New Jersey 3-2 Win

The New Jersey Devils evened their Eastern Conference Finals series with the New York Rangers on Wednesday night with a 3-2 victory at Madison Square Garden. David Clarkson scored the game-winner in the third period for New Jersey. Each team now has one win apiece as the series crosses the Hudson for a pair of games on the Devils' home ice.

Clarkson redirected a shot from Adam Henrique just two and a half minutes into the third period. Clarkson has a total of five career playoff goals; four of those goals are game-winners.

The Rangers came on strong after that goal. They put together some quality scoring chances and upped their own forecheck to try and even the score. It was no use, and Martin Brodeur held on in the third frame to preserve the win. Brodeur finished with 23 saves. Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves for the Rangers.

Ilya Kovalchuk and Ryan Carter also had goals for the Devils. Marc Staal and Chris Kreider had the Rangers' goals.

Game 3 of the series happens Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.

For more on the Rangers please be sure to visit our blog Blueshirt Banter. For the Devils, please check out In Lou We Trust and for all the latest news and updates, stay right here on SB Nation New York.




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2012 NHL Eastern Conference Finals: Devils' Zach Parise Says 'That Game Could Have Gone Both Ways'

New Jersey Devils star Zach Parise said Tuesday that the Devils “still feel pretty good” despite Monday’s 3-0 loss to the New York Rangers in Game 1 of the 2012 NHL Playoff Eastern Conference Finals.

“That game could have gone both ways, and we just didn’t play well enough for a long enough period of time. And that was a big difference. But we feel really comfortable with the way we played. I think we still have to be much better, and we will be,” Parise said. “This is not‑‑ it’s not an easy game playing against them. They make you work for everything. You have to be prepared to be hit and to create scoring chances the hard way, because they don’t give you anything easy.”

Parise said the Devils need to do a better job of creating traffic in front of Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.

“I think you always preach the same thing, get in their sight lines. Every goalie is good enough now where they’re going to stop it if they see it,” Parise said. “We’ve have to do a better job getting in front of him and jumping on those rebounds.”

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2012 NHL Playoffs, Rangers Vs. Devils: New Jersey Dominates 2nd Period, But Can't Capitalize In Loss

The New York Rangers used three third-period goals Monday to take Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against tri-state rival the New Jersey Devils, 3-0. Late Monday night, the SB Nation blog Blueshirt Banter wrote about the victory, and admitted the top-seeded Rangers were fortunate to escape the second period:

The Rangers struggled to get out of the second period, but were very, very lucky to escape the period without allowing a goal. Up until this point, Dan Girardi definitely didn't play his best hockey tonight, but made up for it just a minute into the third period.

The Devils blog In Lou We Trust had the same feelings about the second period:

What makes the result so frustrating was that the Devils did do well in the second period. They played about the same with the Rangers in the first period; out-shot by two but even in attempts. The Devils were able to get their forecheck going and take advantage of some tired-looking Ranger defenders. Yet, Lundqvist seemed to be everywhere and got a piece of everything that came his way.

In the end, Girardi's goal early in the the third period was enough to pull out the victory, as New York added two more goals, one being an empty netter. Game 2 will be played Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.

For more commentary and discussion of the Rangers vs. Devils series, check out the SB Nation blogs Blueshirt Banter and In Lou We Trust. For more news and updates, check out this SB Nation New York StoryStream.

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Rangers Vs. Devils, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 1: Lundqvist Notches 6th Career Postseason Shutout In 3-0 Win

The New York Rangers defeated the New Jersey Devils, 3-0, Monday night in Game 1 of the NHL Playoff Eastern Conference Finals at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers lead the best-of-seven series, 1-0.

The game was scoreless through two periods before the Rangers broke the game open in the final period. Dan Girardi scored the game's first goal just 53 seconds into the final period off an assist from Chris Kreider. Kreider recorded his second point of the night 11 minutes later, scoring on a power play to put the Rangers up 2-0. Video of Kreider's goal is below.

Artem Anisimov capped the Rangers' scoring with a 2-on-1 empty-netter with just under 1:30 to go in the game.

Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was outstanding in net for the Rangers, making 21 saves to earn the shutout. Martin Brodeur made 25 saves for the Devils.

Game 2 will be played Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden beginning at 8 p.m. ET.



For more on the Rangers visit Blueshirt Banter. For more on the Devils visit In Lou We Trust.

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New York Rangers vs. New Jersey Devils, Eastern Conference Finals: John Tortorella In Fine Form

New York Rangers coach John Tortorella is notoriously stingy when it comes to giving information to reporters. His pre-Eastern Conference Finals conference call with reporters was typical. Here, from ASAP Sports, is the entire transcript.

The transcript is hilarious both for the brevity of Tortorella’s answers — his longest answer is 15 words — and for the complete lack of decent, professional questions he was asked.

Q. (Indiscernible) which series you said before, but you were asked if you looked for something in the team and you weren’t going to say what it was, but you had seen it. Is that still the case?
COACH TORTORELLA: I can’t even hear you. Our team?

Q. Yeah. I mean, now that you’re two rounds in, are you still looking for the same things as before the first round, before‑‑ in just how your players are acting and…
COACH TORTORELLA: We’re fine.

Q. And you’ve seen what you need to see?
COACH TORTORELLA: We’re fine.

Q. Is there a challenge emotionally with the quick turnaround from one series to the next?
COACH TORTORELLA: No, none.

Q. You alluded yesterday to you’re glad the team had the experience of two Game 7s. So when other people are suggesting maybe 14 games isn’t the best way to start out…
COACH TORTORELLA: It’s a bunch of crap.

Q. What does Ovechkin or (indiscernible) or the Capitals or the Devils ‑ does it really come down to what your team does? Is that what your focus and preparation is?
COACH TORTORELLA: We don’t spend too much time on the other team. We’re worried about our team.

Q. You said home ice doesn’t matter until you get to a Game 7. Why is it different in Game 7 as opposed to any other home game?
COACH TORTORELLA: I just feel that way.

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New York Rangers-New Jersey Devils Eastern Conference Final: SB Nation NY Q&A

SB Nation New York hockey writers Jimmy Hascup (Rangers) and A.J. Manderichio (Devils) debate how they think the NHL Eastern Conference Finals will turn out

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