Talk about a roller coaster of emotions there. Rangers grab 2-0 lead, blow said lead. Devils score go-ahead goal late in the third, Kreider ties it with 22 seconds left on the power play that was basically listless for most of the night, only to lose in OT after a careless Callahan high stick led to the Devils winning 13 seconds later. Tough way to lose, especially with tonight's game being Brodeur's last in all likelihood at MSG. Hopefully the Rangers didn't give him any gifts a la Mariano Rivera.
Some good to take away; Richards beat a badly out of position Brodeur to take a 1-0 lead early in the first. He's been quietly putting together a nice point scoring streak that he extended to six tonight.
Zuccarello ran the lead to 2-0 following a Callahan shot and long rebound that Zucc one-timed on net that Marty had absolutely no chance at stopping.
If JT Miller plays every game the way he did tonight, he isn't going back to Hartford either. His 2 shots were pretty good opportunities that eventually will wind up in the back of the net for him. Also helps playing with skill guys and not Pouliot and Pyatt. I found myself saying "that was a good shift by the third line." for the first time all season.
To the bad… I'm sure you guys are going to have a field day with the Cam Janssen kick, which should be a no-goal in my opinion. The video graphic MSG showed on Miller's no goal against Philly and Galchenyuk's goal against the Rangers is proof positive that the rule needs a desperate re-write. Just no consistency from game to game. The worst thing to come from that? The Devils got momentum and the Rangers never got it back.
The Rangers continued growing pains on defense on full display once again. Boyle abandoned his man (Zajac) and left him alone to tie the game. The Rangers have had 30 games to get these issues straightened out. They're running out of time and excuses.
A couple more Ranger mistakes led to Ryder's goal with 4 minutes left in the third. First, Stralman fails to get the puck deep on the NJ blueline, the turnover eventually found Ryder, who turned John Moore inside out on the Ranger blueline after a weak poke check and Ryder's wrister trickles through Lundqvist's legs.
Don't expect anything to come from Shanahan on Reid Boucher's shoulder-to-chin hit on Staal. Vigneault told reporters post-game that Staal, "didn't feel quite right." Staal will be re-evaluated tomorrow, but it wouldn't shock me if he doesn't play against Washington Sunday night.
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