Tuesday, November 14, 2006


Postgame: Rangers 3 -Devils 2


If the score itself wasn't bad enough, how it came to be is certainly dissapointing. Tom Lycan of the Devils Due Blog stated in his pre-game post this afternoon that he wasn't able to watch the game. He avoided one of the fastest comebacks ever.

To Recap: The Devils outplayed the Rangers for 2 periods. Jamie Langenbrunner slipped a slapshot through Henrik Lundqvist's legs for goal #1 at 9:05 into the first period. Rangers were outshot 7-3 that period. Go to the second, where the Rangers were more successful getting the puck on net and enjoyed 3 power play opportunities. But the Devils came out better, scoring on one of the 2 power plays the Rangers gave up, with Brian Gionta deflecting a Patrik Elias slapshot on a 5-on-3 power play for the 2 goal lead. Gionta scoring! On the power play! Combine that with Martin Brodeur robbing Rangers, it all looked so right after 40.

Unfortunately, the game is 60 minutes long.

The Devils started the third a little flat and the Rangers took absolute advantage. 2 minutes and 5 seconds in, Jaromir Jagr puts the puck in from a dish by Marcel Hossa as he drives to the net. 2-1 NJ, OK, the crowd is getting loud, but so what. Well, less than 30 seconds later, Jagr somehow scores a second goal! It just floated up and over Martin Brodeur and into the net. It was a bizarre play and an official review said it did not hit a high stick (I'm skeptical but whatever). 2-2 and MSG is rocking. About a minute later, the first ever Mark Messier Leadership Award winner Brendan Shanahan breaks through to score his 14th goal of the season for the lead. View the Official Scoresheet at NHL.com or the Official Super Stats at NHL.com if you want full details on stats.

Let me summarize this: THREE GOALS IN 90 SECONDS. And that what gave the Rangers the win.

That's unacceptable. The Devils couldn't get enough momentum or offensive chances - the Devils got 10 shots, but none went in despite a late flurry of opportunities.

On the bright side, No longer does Brian Gionta go a game without a goal or a point. That slump was broken.

On the dark side, the Devils are no longer undefeated when carrying a lead over 2 periods and the Rangers win their third home game of the season. Yes, 2 of their 3 wins at MSG were due to the Devils. Worst of all, the Devils lost to the Rangers - which is never a good thing.

The world still turns though and the Devils have the next game to worry about. The Devils host the Ottawa Senators on Friday for their last home game this month; the Devils will hit the road for their remaining 5 games in November.

Hopefully they'll learn not to give up leads and the game in less than 2 minutes.


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