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Discuss: Devils win a weird one, take 3-2 series lead

May 23, 2012, 10:46 PM EDT

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The New York Rangers might go to bed tonight in a daze – but not just because of the go-to story about their playoff fatigue. After the Rangers sporadically chipped away at an early 3-0 lead, the New Jersey Devils’ capitalized on Ryan Carter‘s game-winning goal to win 5-3, taking a 3-2 series lead in the process.

Let’s start chatting.

  • In a strange way, this might be one of – if not the – best performances by New York in this series. Can the Rangers bring this kind of effort for two more games?
  • More on that general theme: will the Rangers finally fade in what they hope will be a third consecutive seven-game series? With all due respect to the Senators and Capitals, the Devils are a much tougher team to shake away.
  • Speaking of which, are the Devils just flat-out better than the Rangers? They clearly dominated the Flyers and it seems like they’ve been physically superior to John Tortorella’s gang when it matters the most.
  • Is Henrik Lundqvist worn out? He had a tough start that put the Rangers in a deep hole and then allowed a late tally that crushed New York’s rising spirits.
  • Kudos to Zach Parise, who’s quietly buffing his playoff resume with empty-netters. That might earn him a few extra bucks this summer.
  • Martin Brodeur pulled a Mike Smith by showing the hazards of puckhandling. How much more of a positive impact does he make with those skills?
  • Is this it for the Rangers or will they come back against a Devils team that doesn’t seem to get proper credit?
  1. chill1184 - May 23, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    That was an ugly game but the Devils got the win non the less. One game at a time. Lets Go Devils

  2. daburghdabest - May 23, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Hey Rags fans! You get one more hockey game this year, hope you enjoy it! LOL. You’ll have to spend the rest of your summer convincing yourself this season wasn’t a fluke & Rangers aren’t a soft team that will never beat a good team in a 7 game series.

    • chill1184 - May 23, 2012 at 10:52 PM

      Hey now, Washington and Ottawa are pretty good teams. No need to insult them

    • wicky888 - May 24, 2012 at 6:37 AM

      Did Pittsburgh win last night?

  3. bdfools - May 23, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    I think this loss for the Rangers is actually more deflating than if they would have just gotten blown out. They had their chances. They had the momentum. The game was there for the taking. And a horrible defensive lapse (Del Zotto, Girardi, and Hagelin all deserve equal blame) cost them the game.

    I think this series ends in Game 6. The Devils aren’t that good. It’s just that neither are the Rangers. Beyond McDonagh, Giradri, and Staal their defense has been a horror show.

    • stakex - May 24, 2012 at 12:27 AM

      As true as that might be, the Rangers still showed a strong ability to bounce back. If they can just maintain the level of play they had tonight, and Lundquist finds a way to stop a puck from time to time, they have a really good shot to take this to seven games. Thye just need to put it all together.

  4. buckeye044 - May 23, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    Yes, the Devils are the better team. More depth.

  5. eigglesnosuperbowls - May 23, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    RUH ROH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. devilscup950003 - May 23, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    Whew!!!!!!I knew the devils were going to make a push there and score their was no way the rangers were going to keep up the pressure for that long they had to be running out of gas.definitely the rangers best game but justice has been served for the other games that devils dominated but rangers won.Let’s go devils!!!

  7. tonyromoisterrible - May 23, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    See ya queen henrik. So happy tort is going to be unemployed soon.

    • baustin128 - May 24, 2012 at 8:01 AM

      This idea that Tortorella is going to be fired is laughable. He has done an outstanding job coaching this team. You can make a very strong case for him winning the Jack Adams.

    • sheapuck - May 24, 2012 at 8:53 AM

      I’m a Devils fan and somoeone who is not too keen on Tortorella right now and even I think that statement is ridiculous. “Let’s see, First place in the East, team goes to the Eastern Conference Finals, OH but lost….Yeah. You’re FIRED!”

  8. howardforvezina - May 23, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Can we have at least one game of good officiating? C’mon its horrible to watch the infractions, countless missed on both sides.

  9. quonce - May 23, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    Score first in game 6 at the Rock and let’s end this thing.

    Let’s go Devils!

  10. knowsfirsthand - May 23, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    Starting to look like a Devils vs Kings Stanley Cup final. The Rangers sucked in the 1st period and most of the 3rd. They look tired and disorganized.

    • stakex - May 24, 2012 at 12:30 AM

      Not quite sure what game you were watching, but the Rangers dominated the first period in terms of play. Its just that Lundquist was awful and gave up 3 goals on the 6 shots the Devils had. Their lead was hardly the result of out playing the Rangers, which is kinda ironic really considering the Devils have struggled to score goals this series while dominating.

  11. blueblood86 - May 23, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    Who ever thinks the series is over is crazy.
    Rangers in 7!!!!!!!

  12. zinfman - May 24, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    Uncalled high sticking, goal one.
    Uncalled offsides, goal two.
    This is horrible for hockey, just give the kings (?!) the cup already.

    • maddalone - May 24, 2012 at 3:36 AM

      This series has had a slew of missed or horrible calls on both sides, the missed calls have definitely slanted to the Devils advantage in Game 2 and Game 5, resulting directly to scored goals. I’m not saying the Devils wouldn’t have won either game with them but the outcomes were definitely influenced by them. There should be no excuse for missed high sticks or blatant penalties not evenly called somehow they have trended the Devils way. Sometimes its not the called penalties or infractions but the missed ones, the high stick by Gionta in Game 5, to the man that was marking him pretty easy to see how he was unchecked for the first goal. Elias offsides, real tough call even with slow mo that’s going to happen tough to criticize. The fourth goal, Kovalchuck stepped out as an extra skater with the fourth line, when the Devils were playing the puck and at least had 6 skaters on the ice which should’ve been called and that directly led to the game winning goal. Are the on ice officials going to call that in the last 5 minutes of a tied playoff hockey game, probably not, but it is disheartening to see. In a series thats had as many heavy iron shots and bad bounces that have made for some entertaining and heart stopping hockey, we can do without the horrible officiating.

      • baustin128 - May 24, 2012 at 8:03 AM

        Dont forgot Callahan’s high stick on zubrus that drew blood.

      • chc36 - May 24, 2012 at 10:35 AM

        And the handpass from the ice earlier in the series that set up the second goal for the rangers

  13. sbrowncreative - May 24, 2012 at 4:46 AM

    The only thing worse than Devils fans claiming this is over would be the Rangers fans griping about the officials. The entire playoffs have had poor officiating.

  14. sjsharks66 - May 24, 2012 at 7:41 AM

    In the rangers play the kings, kings will win in 5. They will be out shot like 50-18. Horrible possession by the rangers, last night though they had the puck a lot. They played well, got away with a lot but played well.

    • oconnor007 - May 24, 2012 at 10:50 AM

      Got away with a lot? It’s playoff hockey…there are liberties on both sides.

      Was the Callahan high-sticking missed? YES, but so were other calls. It all evens out in the end

  15. tonyromoisterrible - May 24, 2012 at 8:18 AM

    I love watching cry baby ranger fans cry about bad officiating. The rangers were the beneficiaries of terrible officiating thoughout the first two rounds and now their fans want to cry. LOVE IT!!!!

  16. capsfan19 - May 24, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    If joel ward didnt high stick with 6.6 seconds left…

  17. sjsharks66 - May 24, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Then it would be caps-devils and devils would probably win that series as well. :P
    Finals are kings devils/ devils in 7

  18. sjsharks66 - May 24, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    @capsfan ward didn’t high stick the rangers player, “maybe he just have soft skin?”

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