Noteworthy is a feature blatantly ripped off from Trey Kerby and The Basketball Jones crew that catches you up on everything you need to know from the night before in the NHL.
Rangers/Devils, New Jersey won 4-1
Bringing the heat: The Devils, much like last game, were all over the Rangers from the get-go (the Rangers slow starts are sort of becoming their trademark), much thanks to their captain Zach Parise. He scored twice, added a nice assist, took five shots, and was plus one with a hit and a takeaway. His teammate Danius Zubrus described him as “A little ball of energy” after the game, and that’s bang on. He was relentless.
More records: Marty Brodeur assisted on Zach Parise’s (weird) empty-net goal, giving him his fourth assist of playoffs. That sets an all-time record for goalie points in playoffs, and actually puts him into a tie in points with Coyotes 35-goal scorer Radim Vrbata in the post-season. I’m gonna say that stat is more on Vrbata than a back-pat to Marty though.
Oh, one more Brodeur thing – he got decked in the chops by his old teammate Mike Rupp, and things got spicy between the coaches:
I love that the clip starts with Doc Emrick saying “Meanwhile back at the ranch…”
Deja vu all over again: The Rangers have led all three of their playoff series 2-1, and failed to push a single one to 3-1. Frankly, they’re lucky it’s not over already – the Devils have pretty much owned them in every game so far.
Hurt? Tired?: Certain hockey video games only allow you to hit the “speed burst” button so many times before your player gets wiped out and turns useless. Well, all playoffs Rangers’ captain Ryan Callahan has been hammering the speed burst button. He’s played crazy minutes (averaging 23:46, more than any other forward in playoffs) and blocked crazy shots (more than any other forward in playoffs). Finally last night, he started to look like he didn’t have many more speed bursts to offer. Tortorella still played him for 21:45, and here’s his line: one shot, one blocked shot, two PIMS.
Who, now?: During the regular season, Bryce Salvador played all 82 games for the New Jersey Devils, and tallied zero goals, nine assists. This post-season he’s played 16 games, and has three goals and seven assists for 10 points. That ties him with Marian Gaborik and Mike Richards – amongst others - to be T-10 in playoff scoring. Insert curious Tim ”the toolman” Taylor grunt here.
Catch 22: It’s likely that Peter Sykora really wants the Devils to win. It’s also likely that he really wants to play. He was healthy scratched while his team won yesterday, which is an awkward spot to be in. “Hurray, we- crap I don’t get to play next game either do I?” It didn’t help that Jacob Josephson who took his spot jumped in and minimized the amount of faceoffs the generally-terrible Patrick Elias (at faceoffs) had to take, and won 9 of his 14 attempts.
Moving pictures: If you didn’t catch the game (or just want a refresher), here the best parts of last night’s action.