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May 31, 2012
Power plays
3 STARS 1. Anze Kopitar The Kings center scored his third goal in L.A.’s last four playoff games when he deked a defenseless Martin Brodeur to score on a breakaway 8:13 into OT for the game-winner. 2. Martin Brodeur The Devils 40-year-old goaltender, playing in his fifth...
L.A. wins Cup opener in overtime
The Devils say they did their worst, and that wasn’t a good thing, yet it was nearly enough. New Jersey, which dropped its third straight series opener, only can hope the third time isn’t the curse. For all the Devils’ belief that any improvement might be enough, they...
Anze does it by reaching into his memory bank
Almost six years, that’s how long it had been since Anze Kopitar beat Martin Brodeur and the Devils in a shootout by going to his backhand in L.os Angeles on Nov. 27, 2006. Almost six years, that’s the flashback that streamed across Kopitar’s memory bank as...
May 30, 2012
Brodeur fooled in OT as New Jersey loses Game One
Getty ImagesAnze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal in Game One of the Stanley Cup Finals against Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils. NEWARK — Anze Kopitar scored a spectacular goal on a breakaway with 11:47 left in overtime Wednesday night and the...
Kings gear for Devils’ high-octane offense
The Devils and Kings will meet Wednesday night in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals, and though past Devils’ Cup-winning teams were defensive-minded, this New Jersey squad packs a bigger offensive punch. “Their power play at times has been very potent,” Kings goalie Jonathan Quick said Tuesday. “Their top...
Serby's Special Q & A with... Pete Deboer
The Post’s Steve Serby sat down with Pete DeBoer, who has led the Devils to the Stanley Cup Final in his first season as coach. Q: Coaches in other sports you admire? A: I’ve got a lot of time for Tom Coughlin with the Giants, just because of...
Devils primed to have their Cup runneth over
With so many similarities, it’s likely to depend on goaltending, as usual. If the Devils win their fourth Stanley Cup, Martin Brodeur could win his first Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP, the one he was denied so unjustly with three shutouts as the Cup winner to J.S...
Gretzky prefers to stay out of Kings’ spotlight
Hockey’s most familiar voice was telling a story on himself to illustrate the impact the Kings’ second trip to the Stanley Cup Final, and first since 1993, was having on Los Angeles. “I’ve been going to my son’s Little League games for the last four years and...
Kovalchuk, Devils ready to bury Kings goalie
The playoffs’ leading scorer says the Kings’ goalie won’t be what The King wasn’t. “He’s not a difference,” Ilya Kovalchuk told The Post yesterday, speaking of upstart star Jonathan Quick. Kovalchuk and the Devils open the Stanley Cup finals tonight in Newark, trying to hand the Kings...
May 29, 2012
DeBoer: Kings a huge test
“They have multiple things we have to deal with. The goaltender [Jonathan Quick], if not the best, is among the top two or three all year,” DeBoer said. “The size and skill of their forwards. Drew Doughty.” The Devils may believe that they can solve Quick by forcing him to...
Ilya giving Devs money’s worth
If the Devils win four more games, the $100 Million Man will be proved worth every ruble. And imagine someone picking New Jersey over Los Angeles. The Devils’ Ilya Kovalchuk gamble is threatening to pay off with an early and unexpected jackpot. The Stanley Cup finals open tomorrow in Newark...
Ageless Brodeur still having fun in goal
The sounds of pucks clanging against the boards began a little before noon when the Eastern Conference champion New Jersey Devils skated beneath huge white banners that read “STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS 1994-95, STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS 1999-2000, STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS 2002-2003” on Memorial Day, when the Rangers were packing up, saying...
May 28, 2012
Coach keeping Devils fresh for Cup
Two philosophies of rest and recuperation clashed in the Battle of the Hudson. Rangers coach John Tortorella repeatedly ridiculed the suggestion his overachievers might be worn out. Devils coach Pete DeBoer freely admitted his squad, the eldest in the NHL, was battling the effects of fatigue, regularly giving them a...
Torts’ edict could hamper Rangers’ growth
If you’re a Rangers fan, the last thing you want to see the first month of next season is Chris Kreider flinging himself in front of shots from the blue line. Check that: If you’re a Rangers fan, the last thing you want to see the first month...
Coach keeping Devils fresh for Cup
Two philosophies of rest and recuperation clashed in the Battle of the Hudson. Rangers coach John Tortorella repeatedly ridiculed the suggestion his overachievers might be worn out. Devils coach Pete DeBoer freely admitted his squad, the eldest in the NHL, was battling the effects of fatigue, regularly giving them a...
Torts’ edict could hamper Rangers’ growth
If you’re a Rangers fan, the last thing you want to see the first month of next season is Chris Kreider flinging himself in front of shots from the blue line. Check that: If you’re a Rangers fan, the last thing you want to see the first month...
May 27, 2012
Richards, Gaborik lament lost opportunity
There was his chance, sitting open at the left circle, waiting for the puck, and when it came, Brad Richards fired it quickly only to watch it get swallowed up in Martin Brodeur’s stacked pads. It was the third period of the last game of the Rangers season, Game...
Kings have Flyers flavor
With all the former Flyers infesting the Kings, Los Angeles could be mistaken for Orange County. There’s general manager Dean Lombardi, a former Flyers scout. There’s assistant GM Ron Hextall, the former Flyers goaltender. John Stevens, an assistant coach with the Kings, was Flyers coach before incumbent Peter...
May 26, 2012
Torts looks to future
John Tortorella has seen his team grow, but by no means is he happy with the way their season ended. Last night at the Prudential Center, his Rangers lost to the Devils in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals, 3-2 in overtime, ending the Blueshirts’ season and sending the...
Karma for Kovy
Ilya Kovalchuk had a decision to make two years ago when he was a free agent. The two teams he was torn between were the Kings and the Devils. Now those two teams will face one another in the Stanley Cup Finals, and Kovalchuk will see if he made the...
Henrique, Devils deal defeat in OT, deny 1994 deja Blue
The 18-year-old echo wasn’t loud enough to save the Rangers, who have not reached the Stanley Cup finals since Mark Messier’s Guarantee in 1994. Instead it’s the Noisy Neighbors, the Devils, finally drowning out that echo, heading to their fifth finals since then, chasing their fourth Cup...
Rookie scrambles Rangers
It happened in a heartbeat, and before any of it could be fully comprehended, the Devils were piling on and the Rangers’ season had ended. The game-winning goal in overtime last night of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final came off the stick of rookie Adam Henrique, and it...
Captain Callahan’s goal can’t bail out Blueshirts
When his team needed him most, Ryan Callahan played his best. For the Rangers’ captain, holding his head high will not be a problem this summer, which starts today after his team lost to the Devils, 3-2, in overtime last night at Prudential Center in Game 6 of the Eastern...
History doesn’t repeat for Blueshirts in loss
Their best game, that’s what everyone agreed would be required of the Rangers in Newark last night against the Devils in order to avoid Game 6 elimination in the Eastern finals. But even though that’s pretty much what the Black-and-Blueshirts delivered, it was not enough. History did not...
Ageless Brodeur ready to fill Cup
From the other side of the ice, Martin Brodeur kept looking for a sign: a spinning red light. Upraised hockey sticks. A gathering dog pile. Anything. Hey, it’s a good 180 or so feet from where he was standing, inside the sky-blue Devils crease, to where the action was...
Henrique scores big experience
Adam Henrique may only be a rookie, but during this season, he has experienced more than most players do in their careers. Henrique scored at 1:03 of the first overtime to send the Devils to the Stanley Cup finals, eliminating the Rangers in six games of the Eastern Conference...
May 25, 2012
Devils advance to Cup finals with win over Rangers
NHLI via Getty Images NEWARK, N.J. — Adam Henrique scored off a wild scramble in front at 1:03 into overtime and the New Jersey Devils defeated the New York Rangers 3-2 to advance to their first Stanley Cup finals since 2003. The Devils will face the Los Angeles Kings...
Stakes same as ’94, but rivals seek own history
This is the stage of glory now, this Battle of the Hudson. The Rangers intend to make their own glowing history, not echo Mark Messier’s 1994 chapter of their book of legends. The Devils’ road is straightforward, a trip to their fifth Stanley Cup final. But the Eastern Conference...
Messier answered with his words, then goals
It came out of the blue from the Blueshirts captain, Mark Messier’s guarantee the Rangers would win Game 6, which he fulfilled with a hat trick 18 years ago tonight in a performance that will live forever in Rangers lore. Those Rangers were in disarray, the Presidents Trophy winners...
Everyone knows ‘Mar-TEEEE’ now
Back then, he wasn’t yet the greatest goaltender of all time, he wasn’t the holder of statistical records nor had he spent three separate days with the Stanley Cup as his personal play toy. Back then, in the spring of 1994, he was hardly even a starter. “Nobody...
Devils: We better be better
Ten minutes into Wednesday night’s Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals, the Devils had a 3-0 lead over the Rangers. But 17 seconds into the third period, the game was tied, 3-3. The Devils may have escaped with a 5-3 victory to go up 3-2 in the best-of-seven...
Leetch was amused by guarantee
The 1994 Conn Smythe Trophy playoff MVP remembers “We’ll Win Tonight.” How could he forget his buddy’s guarantee? Hall of Famer Brian Leetch said it took the Rangers’ minds off other major issues. “We were already dealing with Game 4, when Mike [Keenan] sat me and Mark for...
Behind the scenes at MSG as former foes take in action together
Ken Daneyko knew it before perhaps even the players on the ice did. “Something is going to happen here,” the former Devils defenseman said after New Jersey made it 3-0 in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference final against the Rangers. Minutes later that something turned out to be Rangers...
May 24, 2012
Devils get last laugh after Blueshirts erase 3-0 hole
This is not so much about the Rangers recreating history that never truly can be recreated. It is more about staying alive by winning one hockey game tomorrow night. This is not about what happened on May 25, 1994, in Game 6 at the Meadowlands, neither is it about Mark...
Gabby, callahan finally deliver
Maybe somebody was listening to John Tortorella on Tuesday when he jokingly said the only thing he can do to get his top forwards to score was “pray.” Last night at the Garden, during the Devils’ 5-3 Game 5 win, the Rangers coach got one goal apiece from two of...
Power Plays
3 STARS Stephen Gionta He opened the scoring by picking up a rebound in front of Henrik Lundqvist, and he assisted on Ryan Carter’s go-ahead goal late in the third. Ryan Callahan Blueshirts captain helped keep the Rangers in the game after their disastrous start. His line, along with...
Dubinsky’s return a big hit for Blueshirts
It had been nearly a month since Brandon Dubinsky last put on a Rangers sweater. But watching the forward play in last night’s 5-3 loss to the Devils in Game 5, you couldn’t help but think he hadn’t missed a shift. “I felt good,” Dubinsky said after...
Callahan a standout in tough loss
It was a performance exemplifying Ryan Callahan’s Ranger captaincy in all but one facet — his team lost. Last night at the Garden, in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Devils, Callahan was the best player on the ice just about every time his skates came over...
Rangers don’t need Messier’s words, they need his Game 6 performance
Sure, if you sat around and thought about it, you could summon the image of Jerry West’s halfcourt shot and Endy Chavez’ catch and, yes, why not, Valeri Zelepukin’s goal, all the times we’ve been taught through the years that nothing is inevitable in sports, no matter...
Marty, Devils face ghosts of 1994
Those who weren’t around aren’t impressed. So they say. “That’s 15, 20 years ago, I don’t care,” Devils captain Zach Parise said. He was still trying to savor last night’s dramatic 5-3 Devils victory in Game 5 at the Garden, where Ryan Carter scored the...
This time, King a mere commoner
In the beginning, and then again at the end, with Game 5 and very possibly the season on the line, the Devils brazenly and unceremoniously removed The King’s crown and stabbed the Rangers’ Stanley Cup dream with their pitchfork, turning the Garden into a hushed hell on ice. This...
May 23, 2012
Devils thwart Rangers' rally, take 3-2 series lead
Getty ImagesNEW YORK, NY - MAY 23: Michael Del Zotto of the Rangers and Alexei Ponikarovsky Devils exchange punches. Ryan Carter snapped a tie with 4:24 left, and the New Jersey Devils posted a 5-3 victory over the New York Rangers after blowing a three-goal lead in Game 5...
A goal-oriented defender
Ilya Kovalchuk, Zach Parise and Brad Richards are guys you would expect to see at the top of the 2012 NHL playoff scoring leaders. But Bryce Salvador? Not so much. The Devils defenseman had no goals during the regular season, but his 10 points in the playoffs tie him for...
Devils, Rangers coaches clearly don’t like each other
This will test the tradition of the Stanley Cup playoffs, whether John Tortorella and Pete DeBoer actually shake hands or trade fists when this series ends either Friday or Sunday. They are now fully baptized in the waters of the Hudson, and the Battle of. The rival combatants, which is...
Tortorella to ‘pray’ for Rangers goals
John Tortorella, spiritual leader? The irascible Rangers coach was asked yesterday after his team’s practice at the Garden what he needs to do in order to get his top forwards scoring more goals, and here was Tortorella’s response: “Pray?” he said with an almost playful half-smile, half-shrug. “I...
Wales of a tale behind trophy
Ah, amid the sucker punches, elbows, spears and crosschecks, there is dewy-eyed, supermarket-tabloid romance in hockey, after all. Besides a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals, the Rangers and Devils are playing for the trophy donated by the royal who later stepped down as King of England to become Wallis...
Torts, DeBoer faceoff the latest episode of ‘When Coaches Clash’
The one coach, he had a talent for getting under everyone’s skin — the media’s, other coaches’, his own players’. The other was fiery in his own right, burned to win, and wasn’t above letting his pique go public. The one coach, following an especially intense game, was...
These two clearly don’t like each other
This will test the tradition of the Stanley Cup playoffs, whether John Tortorella and Pete DeBoer actually shake hands or trade fists when this series ends either Friday or Sunday. They are now fully baptized in the waters of the Hudson, and the Battle of. The rival combatants, which is...
A goal-oriented defender
Ilya Kovalchuk, Zach Parise and Brad Richards are guys you would expect to see at the top of the 2012 NHL playoff scoring leaders. But Bryce Salvador? Not so much. The Devils defenseman had no goals during the regular season, but his 10 points in the playoffs tie him for...
Wales of a tale behind trophy
Ah, amid the sucker punches, elbows, spears and crosschecks, there is dewy-eyed, supermarket-tabloid romance in hockey, after all. Besides a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals, the Rangers and Devils are playing for the trophy donated by the royal who later stepped down as King of England to become Wallis...
These two clearly don’t like each other
This will test the tradition of the Stanley Cup playoffs, whether John Tortorella and Pete DeBoer actually shake hands or trade fists when this series ends either Friday or Sunday. They are now fully baptized in the waters of the Hudson, and the Battle of. The rival combatants, which is...
A goal-oriented defender
Ilya Kovalchuk, Zach Parise and Brad Richards are guys you would expect to see at the top of the 2012 NHL playoff scoring leaders. But Bryce Salvador? Not so much. The Devils defenseman had no goals during the regular season, but his 10 points in the playoffs tie him for...
Tortorella to ‘pray’ for Rangers goals
John Tortorella, spiritual leader? The irascible Rangers coach was asked yesterday after his team’s practice at the Garden what he needs to do in order to get his top forwards scoring more goals, and here was Tortorella’s response: “Pray?” he said with an almost playful half-smile, half-shrug. “I...
Wales of a tale behind trophy
Ah, amid the sucker punches, elbows, spears and crosschecks, there is dewy-eyed, supermarket-tabloid romance in hockey, after all. Besides a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals, the Rangers and Devils are playing for the trophy donated by the royal who later stepped down as King of England to become Wallis...
May 22, 2012
Coaches go at it, Rupp hits Brodeur as Devils beat Rangers to even series
Hostilities have been declared, and escalated. And how. According to the often-twisted code of hockey, the Devils would have every right to take the Battle of the Hudson into Henrik Lundqvist’s crease tomorrow night at the Garden. The victim says his Devils should decline that license. “No. You can...
Tortorella’s tactics can’t rescue Rangers
Maybe this is what John Tortorella meant by gamesmanship, maybe the Rangers’ coach defines that as racing to the front of his team’s bench for an exchange of angry words with Devils coach Pete DeBoer, a man whose presence he clearly cannot abide. Maybe this latest incident, coming at...
Power plays
3 STARS Zach Parise After not speaking to the media following a 3-0 Game 3 loss on Saturday, Parise had two goals and an assist. He set up Travis Zajac’s first-period goal before adding a power-play goal and an empty netter in the third period. Martin Brodeur Brodeur may...
Del Zotto shaky following death in family
On the grand stage of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals, in front of an energized Devils fan base at the Prudential Center in Newark last night, Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto had his worst game of these playoffs — if not of his young career. It was agonizing to...
Blueshirts coach ‘optimistic’ about 3-for-all
The Rangers have not played their best hockey in Newark, and the worst of it came last night when they lost to the Devils, 4-1, in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals. Yet that hasn’t kept coach John Tortorella from seeing the glass as half full with the...
Eminger, Bickel get call
With Rangers winger Brandon Prust serving a one-game suspension last night in the team’s 4-1 loss to the Devils in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals, both Stu Bickel and Steve Eminger suited up for the Rangers.Prust was suspended as a result of the elbow he threw...
Devils turn up thermostat on Rangers
By now, at this hour, the Rangers have undoubtedly awoken, man by man, they’ve, shaken off the weary fog of postgame slumber, they’ve already recognized a most familiar status report: four games played. Two games won. Two games lost. A best-of-three ahead of them, two of those games...
Parise: Nothing but net
Zach Parise said he didn’t meet with the media after Saturday’s 3-0 loss to the Rangers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals because he would have said something he would later regret. But the Devils captain had little to regret last night, as he recorded two...
May 21, 2012
Brodeur, Devils show some fight in 4-1 Game 4 win
Getty Images NEWARK, N.J. — Martin Brodeur made 27 saves and survived a third-period punch to the chest by old buddy Mike Rupp as the New Jersey Devils defeated the New York Rangers, 3-1, Monday night, evening the Eastern Conference Finals, 2-2. Zach Parise had two goals and an assist...
Rangers coach accuses Devs of flopping; Prust banned for Game 4
Now it’s boiling, as matters turn crucial. A one-game suspension for Brandon Prust, chirping and sniping from coaches and players, one team belittling the other as divers — the gloves are coming off in this Battle of the Hudson. Rangers coach John Tortorella’s admitted “gamesmanship,” ridiculed as “comical” by...
After a tepid start, now we get bad blood on ice
Look, 1994 was once in a lifetime for the Rangers and the epochal Eastern Conference final was once in a generation for our teams, our fans and our towns. There could be only one 54-year drought, only one “We’ll Win Tonight,” only one Game 7-tying goal with 7.7...
Parise back to old self
Zach Parise’s disappearing act following Saturday’s 3-0 loss to the Rangers was a rare occurrence for the Devils captain.But Parise was back on speaking terms with the media yesterday and addressed his decision not to talk following Game 3, a loss that saw the Devils fall behind...
Kreider’s instincts take over
Chris Kreider keeps finding ways to put the puck in the net, like he did Saturday when he deflected the puck past Martin Brodeur in the third period to help the Rangers to a 3-0 win.But Kreider is still a rookie — a rookie who has never played in a...
Blueshirts’ goal: Seize opportunity, keep Devils down
Three times in these playoffs, the Rangers have taken a 1-0 lead in their series. Each time, the Senators, Capitals and Devils came back to win Game 2 and tie the series. That same pattern played out in Game 3 and 4 in each of the first two rounds of...
Kreider’s instincts take over
Chris Kreider keeps finding ways to put the puck in the net, like he did Saturday when he deflected the puck past Martin Brodeur in the third period to help the Rangers to a 3-0 win.But Kreider is still a rookie — a rookie who has never played in a...
May 20, 2012
Rangers seize control with third-period flurry
They give Oscars for magnificent performances from such a mundane script. Golden statues are wonderful, but Henrik Lundqvist’s repeat masterpieces have the Rangers halfway towards a Prince of Wales Trophy, and perhaps, a trip to Hollywood to seek a silver cup. The Battle of the Hudson has distilled into...
‘Blue’ fans taunt Brodeur at Rock
Some home-ice advantage. The Devils stole home ice away from the Rangers after Wednesday’s 3-2 victory at the Garden. But it wasn’t much of an advantage in yesterday’s 3-0 Game 3 loss in front of a surprisingly pro-Devils crowd. New Jersey launched their “No Blue” campaign earlier...
Getting defensive on offense
The Rangers have been a defense-first team all season long, but in the Eastern Conference finals, their defense has been their best offense. Three of their eight goals in the series have been scored by defensemen, including two by Dan Girardi, who scored the game-winning goal yesterday in a 3-0...
Blueshirts pull Devs’ power plug
The Rangers’ beleaguered penalty kill was monumental in yesterday’s 3-0 win in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Devils. By forcing the Devils to go 0-for-5 over a full 10:00 of man-advantage time, the Rangers took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series with Game...
Kreider rides on
If curious how much Chris Kreider has assimilated to the Rangers’ way of doing things, you need to look no further than this exchange yesterday afternoon, moments after he scored his fifth goal of the playoffs, in the 15th game of his professional career, helping his team to a 3-0...
Resilient Rangers sink Rock
Afterward, one of the things everyone wanted to talk to the Rangers about was how efficient they were all five times they were a man down yesterday afternoon. Five times they sent a man to the penalty box — “living dangerously,” is the way coach John Tortorella put it — and five...
May 19, 2012
Despite goal slump, Callahan looks for other ways to help
It’s one of the strange hockey truths: Look away from the net in order to put the puck in. Ryan Callahan, the Rangers captain and the man who exemplifies the team’s hard-working attitude, has not scored an even-strength goal since the first game of the first round of...
Rangers getting some results on power play
Some say good, some say bad, but there’s very little question that the Rangers power play has scored some big goals in recent games. As they head into Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Devils this afternoon at the Prudential Center, the series tied one game...
May 18, 2012
Devils hope to keep blue out, wins in, as series shifts home
They have lost only once in Newark. No one owns a better home record. For the first time, if the Devils don’t lose there again, they are guaranteed the Stanley Cup. “You can tell how excited [Devils fans] are for where we’re at right now, and the first...
Once again, Blueshirts fall flat after win
Grind is a word often used to describe the Stanley Cup playoffs, and to see why, just look at how the Rangers have slogged to the position they are in now. With Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Devils tomorrow afternoon at the Prudential Center set to...
Torts doesn’t blame Gaborik for Game 2 loss
There was no getting away from the fact Marian Gaborik spent a lot of time on the bench in Game 2, a game the Rangers lost to the Devils, 3-2, knotting the Eastern Conference finals at one game apiece. Gaborik failed to make a routine clear in the second period...
Rule applies to broadcast booth as well as ice
Seconds before Dan Girardi scored the first goal of the Eastern Conference finals, he was sitting on the bench. It was heaven for a Rangers fan, hell for a Devils fan, and one of the most challenging parts of a hockey broadcaster’s job. “You have to be ready for...
May 17, 2012
Devils getting what they expected from Rangers
The Eastern Conference Final between the Devils and rival Rangers is turning out to be exactly what everyone thought. Hard hitting. Tight checking. Low scoring. Indeed, as it’s played under the microscope of the New York metropolitan area media, this has been hockey with an edge ... but not so...
Devils getting what they expected from Rangers
The Eastern Conference Final between the Devils and rival Rangers is turning out to be exactly what everyone thought. Hard hitting. Tight checking. Low scoring. Indeed, as it’s played under the microscope of the New York metropolitan area media, this has been hockey with an edge ... but not so...
Jersey score hands Blueshirts another Game 2 loss
This was a stinker, nothing other than that from a Rangers’ team that was outworked for perhaps 45 of the 60 minutes it took for the Devils to even the Battle of the Hudson with last night’s 3-2 Game 2 victory at the Garden. This was a deficient display...
Lundqvist bemoans traffic in front of net
The man who had seemed impenetrable all playoffs was busted last night, and if all three pucks that got past Henrik Lundqvist could have only been stopped by acts of God, it didn’t quell his frustration. For the whole of this playoff run, Lundqvist has been ready for bodies...
Devils push back vs. Rangers’ tough play
Afterward, they would recite from the familiar missals and mantras, talk about how they were outhustled and outworked and out-effort-ed, the whole laundry list of self-flagellation that accompanies all of the Rangers’ losses now. It is possible that the Devils outplayed them, too, but we have come to realize that...
Power play works in Blueshirts’ favor in Game 2
Power plays can be fickle things. Sometimes a team can do everything right and fail to score. Other times, a team can struggle to get its power play going, only to see the puck find its way into the back of the net. The latter was the case last night...
Devils deflect Brodeur criticism with goals
It must have been coincidence. The game after Martin Brodeur suggested Rangers might get hurt blocking shots, the Rangers blocked 38 percent fewer and the Devils started scoring goals by deflecting the unblocked ones. Call it coincidence, but the Devils triumphed, squaring the Battle of the Hudson while taking home-ice...
Coach won’t open up after team gets shut down
The clock in the press room read 11:04 and here came John Tortorella through a side door, followed by public relations chief John Rosasco. The Last Angry Man was angry, and had every right to be. This time it wasn’t the annoying, probing New York media that had...
Clarkson Devils’ Mr. Clutch
David Clarkson is approaching Devils’ postseason immortality, as last night he scored his third game-winner in these playoffs, beating the Rangers 3-2 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals at the Garden. Clarkson is now one goal short of matching the franchise’s postseason record of four game-winners in...

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