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Rangers beat Devils at their old game 2-0

Feb 27, 2012, 11:36 PM EDT

Sure, there are games (and even teams) that often remind us of darker, duller times known as the “Dead Puck Era,” but the NHL is obviously in a better place now.

Still, there are some games that come along and practically beat us over the head with those not-so-pleasant memories. The New York Rangers drowned the New Jersey Devils 2-0 tonight in a contest that was “uneventful” enough that Henrik Lundqvist spent most of his post-game interview discussing how “odd” it was:

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Well, that’s a little unsettling. Still, it wasn’t all doom and trap-happy gloom. Check out the highlights of that game for another look at Lundqvist’s bedeviling save on Ilya Kovalchuk:

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With this win, the Rangers are now nine points ahead of the Boston Bruins and the Pittsburgh Penguins for first overall in the East while they’re easily in the Presidents Trophy race since they trail the Vancouver Canucks by a point but hold two games in hand.

Meanwhile, the Devils are tied with the Ottawa Senators with 74 points, although the Devils hold the sixth spot since they’ve played in two fewer games and have more wins.

Both teams look like contenders, but hopefully future meetings will be a bit more, um, inspiring.

  1. mianfr - Feb 28, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    I thought my phone wasn’t loading data when I saw shots were 14 NYR, 13 NJ…

  2. stakex - Feb 28, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    Despite the fact that this was more of a lock down game, I found it to be quite an entertaining game to watch. I was actually glad to see the refs letting them play for a change, and not calling every little tiny hook and hold.

  3. abrienza428 - Feb 28, 2012 at 7:58 AM

    This was not the kind of game the NHL wants to showcase. Probably entertaining to fans of the teams and some die hards, but 28 total shots all game?

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