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Rangers hoping for better start to Game 5

May 23, 2012, 2:17 PM EDT

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If not for Henrik Lundqvist, we might already be previewing a New Jersey-Los Angeles Stanley Cup finals.

That’s not necessarily a shot at the Rangers – no team should apologize for having a great goalie. King Henrik’s performance in the Eastern Conference finals is exactly why he’s paid the big bucks and gets to drives a cool Maserati. (Also, why he gets a nickname like King.)

Still, it’s safe to assume the Rangers would like to get off to a better start in Game 5 tonight at Madison Square Garden. They’ve already spent enough time on their heels in the first period, relying on Lundqvist and other clutch defensive plays to keep things close.

In Game 4, Lundqvist finally broke. The Devils scored twice in the first 12 minutes and went on to win, 4-1.

“There’s no question Jersey right on through the playoffs, not just our series, they have blitzed teams and gained momentum,” New York coach John Tortorella said today. “Momentum is a big part of playoff hockey. There’s no question we like to get that on our side right away.”

Devils coach Peter DeBoer doesn’t disagree his team’s been able to dominate the Rangers early.

“We break down scoring chances by period and game,” he said. “I usually concentrate more on the final number, which has been very good through the series for me. So I haven’t looked closely enough at the individual period. I imagine it’s pretty good. Our first periods have been great.”

New Jersey is 6-2 in the playoffs when it scores first and 4-4 when it doesn’t.

New York is 9-2 and 1-6, respectively.

  1. screenjam110 - May 23, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Watch out! Rangers get Dubinsky back tonight….adding yet another player that cant find the back of the net!

    • challer9 - May 23, 2012 at 2:53 PM

      Love these these type of uninformed comments. Look, it’s not as if the Devils have been sniping shots past Lundqvist, they have relied heavily on their forechecking to keep the pressure on the Rangers and keep play in their zone. While Dubinsky has been disappointing this season when you just look at points, there is no denying the guy can forecheck very effectively.

    • homerx - May 23, 2012 at 2:54 PM

      I wouldn’t say Dubinsky is prolific at finding the back of the net but he is good in the corners and on the PK. I doubt he’s 100% but at least he should be rested.

  2. barkar942 - May 23, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    Don’t worry, they are only pulling a guy out who can’t find the back of the net and replacing him with a higher paid player that can’t find the back of the net! So theoretically, it is just a higher paid wash!

  3. daburghdabest - May 23, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Rangers fans pinning their hopes on DUD-insky? Pathetic. If this piece of trash if your hopeful savior your team is even suckier than the world already thinks it is. Fans at the game better bring gloves & helmets because his shots are more likely to hit them than Marty. Maybe he’ll fire one right into Kreider’s face & take away their only forward to anything this series.

    • jkay1818 - May 23, 2012 at 3:56 PM

      this is the first thing you do when you get home from school? Race onto PHT and talk more garbage and get more thumbs down? Did you say hello to your mother when you walked in to the door at least?

      • barkar942 - May 23, 2012 at 5:24 PM

        Perhaps we can ask Torts to pray for the removal from this site of Mr. Pittsburgh, coutourieperformssexactsonguys,,genopringles,soupycansid and any other of his multiple bloggernalities! (Hey- I have to see if that word can be submitted to Webster as a new word!)
        Darn, I looked and someone already has it!

      • daburghdabest - May 23, 2012 at 7:28 PM

        Or better maybe we can all pray that PHT bans all the thin skinned Ranger fans who freak out & ask for commenters to be banned for saying mean things about their precious Rags every time because they, like their team throw a fit every time anyone doesn’t bow down before them & their mighty REGULAR SEASON performance. Pens lost to an evenly matched team, you jokers have went 7 games with the 8th & 7th seeds consecutively & need a miracle to overcome the 6th.

    • brian32556 - May 23, 2012 at 5:23 PM

      Go back to your porn videos daburghbag

  4. talraen - May 23, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Does this win the award for most obvious headline?

  5. nicknyhc - May 23, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    The Rangers have scored 9 goals over the course of the series, the Devils have 7. Why are all the stories and comments about how the Rangers cant score against the Devils? Not to mention, both our wins were shutouts.

    • nicknyhc - May 23, 2012 at 5:52 PM

      I like that the Devils got shutout twice and all their fans are talking trash about how the Rangers cant score. Iroooooony

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