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Discuss: Devils edge Rangers, even the series

May 16, 2012, 10:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 16: Martin Brodeur #30 of the New Jersey Devils leaves the ice after warmups for in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 16, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Getty Images

It looks like we might be in for a long series. After the Devils’ third-period collapse on Monday, they bounced back nicely in Game 2. The Rangers burned them on two of the Devils’ four penalties, but New Jersey was resilient and found a way to come back and win in a nail-biter.

With the Devils’ 3-2 victory, the series is tied at 1-1 will head to New Jersey for Game 3 on Saturday (1pm ET, NBC).

Here’s some interesting notes:

  • There was a rather lengthy delay in the second period due to what I’m going to term as technical difficulties related to the penalty box door. Once they finally felt confident in their ability to open and close the door, New York’s Chris Kreider promptly scored a power-play goal.
  • Kreider and Eddie Mazur are the only two NHL players to net four playoff goals before participating in a single regular season game. Mazur took part in three playoff runs with the Montreal Canadiens from 1951-53 before making his regular season debut in the 1953-54 campaign.
  • Marian Gaborik‘s bad clearing attempt late in the second period led to the New Jersey Devils’ second goal of the game. It’s probably not a coincidence that Gaborik didn’t get a shift in the third period until there was only 8:40 remaining in regulation time.
  • The Rangers blocked another 16 shots on Wednesday. A lot has been made about their shot-blocking abilities, but it’s worth noting that their self-sacrificing efforts are nothing new. As John Shannon pointed out, we’ve seen an average of 31 blocks per game in the 2012 playoffs, compared to 33 per contest in the 2011 postseason.
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  1. jkr3 - May 16, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    When did Brodeur switch places with Hasek?

  2. buckeye044 - May 16, 2012 at 11:05 PM

    Still haven’t figured out how to make ice. Maybe someone should talk to the guys in Phoenix. Over 100 there and the puck doesn’t bounce like it does in the garden.

    • maalea - May 17, 2012 at 11:53 AM

      The problem with the Garden ice is that the Garden in on the 5th floor.

      Without solid ground underneath, it will never have good ice.

  3. vindicatus - May 16, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    The Devils overcame the Queen and her five goaltending assistants and the four extra Rangers players on the ice in black and white. Let’s see what they’re able to do in a building with working light bulbs and penalty doors and that has ice instead of slush to skate on.

    LET’S GO, DEVILS!

  4. pens5829 - May 16, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    Tortorella’s an A@#!

  5. buckeye044 - May 16, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    I love it when Tort’s channels Bob Knight.

  6. cmdrsmooth - May 16, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    Rangers are in trouble.

  7. quonce - May 16, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    Great game and great win for the devils.

    I have a feeling that every game going for forward will be a one goal games.

    Need both wins at the rock. Marti looked great again tonight.

    Keep pressing, forechecking, solid D and Marti be Marti.

    They’ve got this.

  8. biffnasty - May 17, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    Silly devil fans. Funny how there are complaints of the Garden ice when both Florida and Philly go on record stating the ice in newark has been slush for the post season. devil fans are the worst, uneducated, overweight and most (97.3%) have mullets who wear looney toon leather jackets. That, is something to be proud of

    • wicky888 - May 17, 2012 at 6:53 AM

      I think you have them confused with Penguins fans

  9. cuffhimbanano - May 17, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    I keep waiting for that Devils forecheck to be stifled or wear down. My goodness it seems more relentless with each passing game.

  10. vindicatus - May 17, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    It’s one thing for the opposition to comment on the bad ice, but when the (allegedly) neutral broadcasters are criticizing it, you know it must be really bad.

    The picture at the top of this article perfectly demonstrates the energy saving lightbulbs at work at the World’s Most Famous Dump.

  11. clmdcbm23 - May 17, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    One really big key tip for all you Devil shooters out there is: every time a smart a55 Rangler goes down to block a shot, shoot it between the eyes for the kill!
    I promise you that after that first guy can’t move, the rest of them will just melt into the ice as if they never existed, naturally. Enjoy the bloodbath New York!

  12. bobhpine - May 17, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    Hey I have an idea… On a team that can’t score goals, I’ll bench one of the few guys who can! Because mid may is a great time to send a message!

    • comee23 - May 17, 2012 at 4:49 AM

      I agree with you on timing…If I would be the coach – Marian would play more… BUT I’m not and everybody must respect Torts decision (maybe Marian will score 2 in next game… I wish). On the other hand coach must take responsibility for his decisions lates (see Caps with Ovi)…

      LETS GO RANGERS!!!
      and later Marian will only laugh on this …with his name on the CUP :)

  13. sbrowncreative - May 17, 2012 at 2:24 AM

    Biffnasty… Dude I’m a Devil’s fan and that was the most accurate description of a Devils fan ever. The leather Loonie Tune jacket was spot on. And seriously, I am getting fat! WTF.

    Great post despite the fact I am not a Rangers fan.

  14. gaborik104life - May 17, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Did anyone really expect a short series? A win in the first game does not guarantee you the series just like a win for the opposition to tie it does not guarantee the series. Any time the Atlantic plays each other both teams show up for great battles that usually do not dictate how they play against other teams. Despite the Islanders being one of the worst teams in the league the past few years the battles are there every time they face each other. This is not going to be a short series by any means and while the devils won the second game of the series and played better than the Rangers for most of it I hate to burst bubbles but realistically it means jack squat. The rangers have lost the second game of every series in these playoffs and ended up winning the series. Still got at least a week left boys don’t get too happy on other side. Also the benching for Gabs was because he was TERRIBLE. That is why yeah he was benched after he caused a goal by not getting the puck out but the entire game he sucked.

  15. sk1rmish - May 17, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    I love all these devil fans now. Watch out for a blood bath. Rangers are introuble. The refs are on the ranger side. Lol you guys got one win which really could of went either way. Lol don’t get too ahead of yourselves. Marty and lundqvist play great. Good series match. Games are going to at least 6 if not 7. Be smart.. Don’t be an online prick.

  16. schlitzy - May 17, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    rangers are in trouble? because after two games the series is tied? last two series started off 1-1 after two games and the rangers came out ahead in both of them. also consider the season series between these two teams was tied 3-3. if this series plays out the same way that will leave them with a game 7 at msg. the rangers are 2-0 in game 7’s at home in the playoffs. I think its a bit early to claim they’re in trouble.

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