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Parise on rough stuff: “We did a good job of staying out of it”

May 22, 2012, 12:26 AM EDT

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The New Jersey Devils didn’t cower at the New York Rangers’ eruption of violence, but they probably came as close to “turning the other cheek” as could be expected in Game 4. The power play disparity illustrates that point most simply: the Devils received six while the Rangers only had one.

Zach Parise‘s three-point night is a nice illustration of making another team hurt on the scoreboard more than anything else.

“I think throughout a seven-game series, both teams are bound to get frustrated at different things,” Parise said. “But like Marty said earlier, we’ve done a good job all playoffs of playing whistle-to-whistle and skating away from the scrums and things like that. Whether they’re frustrated or not, I don’t know. But we did a good job of staying out of it.”

That was probably a fairly easy task against the Florida Panthers, but the Philadelphia Flyers likely presented a good primer for this series. Philly isn’t the “bullying” squad it once was, yet it’s still one of the league’s more agitating and bruising squads.

The Devils wisely took the high road – at least in hockey terms – in the semifinals and hope to carry that over in round three. So far, they’ve done a great job of that – from players all the way down to their head coach.

  1. nicknyhc - May 22, 2012 at 6:45 AM

    Could this website be anymore anti-Rangers?

    On a side not, I like Parise. I’m gonna be happy to see him in blue next year.

    • chill1184 - May 22, 2012 at 7:22 AM

      Parise becoming a Ranger has just a much of a chance of Mike Francessa losing weight. Oh and as for anti-Ranger bias, thats laughable, the media has been in the tank for the Rangers all season

      • challer9 - May 22, 2012 at 7:30 AM

        “the media has been in the tank for the Rangers all season”

        Yeah, well they were first in the east from pretty much start to finish. Who would you like them to talk about, Edmonton or Columbus?

      • nicknyhc - May 23, 2012 at 10:26 AM

        Nonsense. For a team that was first in the East (and first in the league for a bit) most of the year they got very little media attention. Pittsburgh was all the rave going into the first round of the playoffs and even as the one seed the Rangers were the “underdogs”.

  2. challer9 - May 22, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Good thing the Devils don’t have a game today, Ryan Carter has his OBGYN appointment today.

    • dipspit55 - May 22, 2012 at 2:47 PM

      I think u meant Dubinsky u know the one that Ryan Carter beat up

    • danphipps01 - May 22, 2012 at 8:06 PM

      If only the Rangers could produce as many goals as their fans could produce fizzled trash talk attempts. They might have made that slaughter look a little like a hockey game.

  3. vindicatus - May 22, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    I think you got your Ryans confused. I’m pretty sure it’s Callahan who’s going to get his uterus examined after Kovalchuk poked him there last night.

  4. sjsharks66 - May 22, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    ^hahahaha that was a good one. That “vicious jab” last night reminded me of the one chara did to Lapierre last year in the finals.
    I think Lapierre and Callahan had the same “give him a penalty” face as well.

    • challer9 - May 22, 2012 at 10:47 AM

      Yeah that’s great buddy, I’m glad you enjoy watching other teams so much in the playoffs. We all know the Sharks never go anywhere.

      • danphipps01 - May 22, 2012 at 8:08 PM

        Except to the conference finals the last two years. The Rangers, if memory serves, were working on their golf swing by that point. Then again, I doubt you’ve been following them long enough to remember.

  5. sjsharks66 - May 22, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Yeah because the sharks didn’t make the WCF 2 years in a row.
    Just because they are out in the first round this year I should just stop watching hockey and wait until next season? Lol

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