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Lundqvist could be the Devils’ biggest challenge yet

May 13, 2012, 11:40 AM EDT

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 12: Goalie Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers celebrates after they won 2-1 against the Washington Capitals in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 12, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images) Getty Images

When asked what the New Jersey Devils greatest challenge would be in their upcoming series against the New York Rangers, Zach Parise provided an obvious, yet nonetheless accurate analysis.

“Probably getting some pucks by (Henrik) Lundqvist,” Parise said. “They’re a very defensive team. They pressure you all over the ice. They do have breakdowns from time and most of the time he’s there to bail them out.”

The Rangers defense has been great in the playoffs are Lundqvist has been superb. The Devils were able to best the offensively gifted Philadelphia Flyers in just five games, but the Rangers offer an entirely different challenge. They have plenty of talented forwards, but unlike the Devils’ first two playoff opponents, New York’s best player is its goaltender.

Of course, even being able to challenge Lundqvist isn’t a simple task. The Rangers are known for their shot blocking abilities. Still, Parise thinks the Devils have a solution to that problem (which they would have also used against the Washington Capitals had they beaten the Rangers in Game 7 on Saturday).

“It will be important when we get possession of the puck in the zone to not throw it away and not necessarily look for a play right away,” Parise said. “They both come back and collapse pretty low and put five guys right in front of the net and they’re waiting for you to turn it over, so you can jump up in the rush. So, for us, either way we have to protect the puck well in the offensive zone.”

Lundqvist had a 1.41 GAA and .940 save percentage against the Devils in the regular season. We’ll see if he can be just as dominant against them in the playoffs.

  1. eigglesnosuperbowls - May 13, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    This series is over before it even starts 1.41 GAA against the communist organization from Jersey ! Just like the jersey team was polar opposite for the Flyers from the Penguins, KING HENRY is polar opposite from Mr 51 million BRYZ ! Has a goaltender ever had 3 shutouts in a 4 game series,,, if not there will be !

    • danphipps01 - May 13, 2012 at 2:14 PM

      And now you know exactly how it feels to be a PHT Penguins fan – going on and on and ON about how fantastic your team is, then immediately jumping into bed with whichever team is playing the one that wrecked yours afterward.

      • maalea - May 13, 2012 at 4:09 PM

        Dan

        Read his name. He is a Giants/Rangers fan.

        Nothing to do with Philly.

  2. vindicatus - May 13, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Don’t forget the Queen is tired from having to play 14 games against the 7th and 8th seeds just to make it this far. Devils will make sure she’ll have a nice long summer to rest and work on her modeling career. LET’S GO, DEVILS!!

    • brian32556 - May 13, 2012 at 2:04 PM

      vindicatus – and the Devils are only a 6th seed, so what’s your point?! The KING is going to shut down the Angels, unlike when you played against that Russian sieve Bryzgalov.

  3. drewsylvania - May 13, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Don’t go out on a limb already.

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