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 5-3
Series: 3-2 New Jersey
Main story: The New Jersey Devils scored on three of their first five shots to jump out to a big lead. The Rangers erased a three-goal defecit for the first time this season (which is surprising), but couldn’t finish the comeback, as Stephen Gionta found Ryan Carter with a little over four minutes left in the game to put the Devils up once and for all.
Of note: Score first. In the last 13 games the Rangers have been in, the team who scores first wins. And if you don’t score first, a good rule of thumb is that waiting to score fourth isn’t the best strategy.
Defense first: The Rangers have only given up three or more goals in a game six times this playoff season. They’re 0-6 in those games, so they may wanna keep that number at six (it’s only been “or more” once, which is the impressive part). Last night made it only the second time in playoffs they’ve lost back-to-back games.
Going the distance: Tortorella claimed his team wasn’t tired at the start of this series after playing two seven gamers in the previous rounds. If they’re to go to the Final, they’d have to play a third. Think he could make the same claim straight-faced if they manage to get it done?
Oh there he is: Marian Gaborik scored his first goal since Game 6 of the previous series, and it wasn’t exactly a gem. But, he did miss a wide open cage earlier in the game, so let’s all just pretend that that was the play he scored on.
Catching up: Ilya Kovalchuk’s two assists put him in a tie for 2nd in playoff points with Dustin Brown at 16. Who are they chasing? Claude Giroux (17), who hasn’t played since May 8th.
I’ll take that, thank you: Brian Boyle went 13/14 on draws yesterday (92.9%), presumably because it’s tough to win draws against Paul Bunyan in a Guy Fawkes mask (from Reddit Hockey):
The resemblance is eerie.
They’re okay: Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh managed to both be plus-two yesterday (only Ruslan Fedetenko matched that on the Rangers), and looked awfully good at times. Not so good, however? Michael Del Zotto, benched for half the previous game, was a minus-three.
Time to shine: Ryan Carter had four goals in the regular season – he scored the game winner for the Devils yesterday, giving him three in the post-season. He called it “Definitely the biggest goal of my career.” Makes sense.
Moving Pictures: In what was expected to be another low-scoring affair, the pucks poured in. Check it out for yourself: