The great states of N.Y. and N.J. aren’t exactly known as a breeding ground for star hockey players, though there are quite a few people who’d say differently.
Now that the Canadiens have staved off elimination once in Game 5, the Rangers are wary of giving them any more hope they can turn the tables.
The Devils may have put the brakes on their recent skid with two shootout victories in their last three games.
For Prust, his biggest adjustment in Montreal is learning the finer points of the French language. Meanwhile, the Rangers are struggling to replace the multi-dimensional void left by his absence.
The unforeseen success of the Devils’ fourth line has given New Jersey newfound energy — and belief — as they look to close out the Eastern Conference finals.
Before Game 5, Jagr called over to the legendary Devils goalie, “Hey, Marty, how does it feel to be 40?” It must feel pretty good — Brodeur is moving on.
Ryan McDonagh has made a knack of being in the right place at the right time throughout the young 2011-12 season. The 22-year old blue-liner continues to demonstrate why he’s set to be a big part of the Rangers future.
Mathieu Darche scored twice, Carey Price made 20 saves and the Montreal Canadiens ended the Devils’ run of making the last 13 playoffs with a 3-1 victory on Saturday night.
Roman Hamrlik and Tomas Plekanec had power-play goals, and the Montreal Canadiens scored three times in a span of 2:46 in the first period to beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Saturday night.
Here are five things that I thought about at length during and following Tuesday night’s 2-1 loss to the Canadiens.
Brian Gionta and Lars Eller scored in the first 1:38, Carey Price made 27 saves and the Montreal Canadiens beat the New Jersey Devils 5-1 on Thursday night.
After a sluggish start, four days off may be just what the New Jersey Devils needed to get back on track. A trip to Montreal shouldn’t hurt either.