David Clarkson’s deflected goal 2:31 into the third period snapped a tie and lifted the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers that evened the Eastern Conference finals at one game apiece on Wednesday night.
If the Devils are going to have any chance against the Rangers, they need to do more than find a way to beat Henrik Lundqvist.
The Rangers’ mental toughness was the difference between winning and losing Game 7.
The top-seeded Rangers lead the series 3-2, one victory from reaching the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 1997.
The Rangers will have the momentum when they step on the ice Wednesday night. That will last until the puck is dropped.
The Rangers kept their focus under the most intense pressure to deliver a Game 5 victory. There isn’t an off-switch inside these Rangers who never quit.
For the team and their fans, Tuesday will be a good day — but it won’t last for long. On Wednesday night, the Rangers will be playing a team looking to elude elimination.
Euphoria replaced pure panic at Madison Square Garden in a matter of moments. And even the most optimistic New York Rangers fan couldn’t have seen this one coming.
The physical price paid by the Rangers to win Game 3 was there for all to see: Dan Girardi and Brian Boyle’s jerseys were covered in blood stains.
John Tortorella will light a fire under the Rangers and make sure they’re ready for Game 3 after giving away Game 2 to the Capitals.
Rangers youngsters Derek Stepan, Chris Kreider and Carl Hagelin have found success under the playoff spotlight.
Thursday night’s Game 7 was exactly what everyone thought it would be: low-scoring and stressful.
It took a full seven games, but the New York Rangers will not be the second #1 seed to lose in the opening round of the NHL playoffs.
The return of Carl Hagelin can spark the Rangers’ lackluster offense into life.
The Rangers somehow lose their aggressiveness when they are trying to protect the lead. The lack of an aggressive forecheck is the equivalent of the “prevent” defense in football and is the reason the series stands even.