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Thursday, May 24, 2012



NJD:   S. Gionta (02:43 - 1st) , P. Elias (04:13 - 1st) , T. Zajac (09:49 - 1st) , R. Carter (15:36 - 3rd) , Z. Parise (EN, 19:28 - 3rd)
NYR:   B. Prust (15:41 - 1st) , R. Callahan (00:32 - 2nd) , M. Gaborik (00:17 - 3rd)

NJD: M. Brodeur (W)
 NYR: H. Lundqvist (L)

                 Last night in New York, the Rangers returned home with their third round series VS the Devils tied at 2-2 and with the home ice it looked like the Rangers had the advantage.But they didn't. 3 minutes into the game, Faynes shot was stopped, but Gionta was there to put home the rebound to make it 1-0 Devils. Just over a minute later, Henriques point shot was tipped in front by Elias and into the back of the net to make it 2-0. At the half way point of the first, Zajac came up the right wing and wristed a shot past Lundqvist to extend the Devils lead. Late in the first, Prust came in on a partical breakaway, he fell, and tipped the puck by Brodeur to cut the lead to 2.

              32 seconds into the second, Anisimov centred the puck and it went off of Callahans shin pad and into the net to cut the lead to 1. Then just 17 seconds into the third, Brodeur came out to handle the puck and it slipped off his stick and into the trapazoid where NHL goalies can't play the puck, so Gaborik skated up and fired the puck off the leg of Brodeur and in to tie the game. Then with under 5 minutes remaining, Gionta centred the puck right to Carter and he scored to give the Devils the lead. Parise would add an empty net goal as the Devils win 5-3 and take a 3-2 series lead going back home.''It's a good feeling,'' goalie Martin Brodeur said of the Devils' status. ''We worked really hard to get in that position. (There's been) a lot of unsung heroes and guys producing at different times. Players are playing well. We've just got to keep going.

                   ''Nothing is done yet.'' In the win, Brodeur made 25 saves. In the loss, Lundqvist made 12 saves.''We have to have a short memory,'' McDonagh said. ''We've been in this position before in this playoffs and we found a way to get it done. We don't want to look ahead. We have to win two games, but we just have to focus on winning one.''

Written By Andrew Di Pardo

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