New Jersey 5, NY Rangers 3

Boxscore | Recap
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 8:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
New Jersey 48-28-2-4 24-13-0-4 24-15-2-0 W2
NY Rangers 51-24-2-5 27-12-0-2 24-12-2-3 L2

Recap


DEVILS 5, RANGERS 3:
Ryan Carter's game winner late in the third period lifted New Jersey past host New York and into a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.

The Devils squandered a three-goal first-period lead but persevered to move to within a victory of their first Stanley Cup finals appearance since 2003. New Jersey can advance with a win in Game 6 Friday night at the Prudential Center.

Trailing by a goal after 40 minutes, the Rangers drew even just 17 seconds into the third period on a rare miscue by Martin Brodeur.

The Devils netminder had to abandon a loose puck because it slid into the restricted area behind the red line. New York forward Marian Gaborik pounced on the puck and flung a bad-angle shot toward the goal that handcuffed Brodeur before crossing the goal line.

Carter bailed out his goaltender, putting the Devils back ahead for good at 15:36. A Kovalchuk hit deep in the Rangers' zone freed up the puck for Stephen Gionta, who set up Carter for a one-timer that beat New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist on the blocker side.

Zach Parise added an empty netter while Brodeur finished with 25 saves for the Devils, who improved to 7-0 when leading after two periods this postseason.

The Devils swarmed the Rangers in the early going and forged a 2-0 lead as a result. Gionta opened the scoring at 2:43, banging home his own rebound after his initial redirection of a Mark Fayne shot was stopped by Lundqvist.

New Jersey doubled its lead just 90 seconds later after Adam Henrique's shot ricocheted off teammate Patrik Elias, then hit Rangers forward Artem Anisimov before trickling past Lundqvist.

New York had a chance to trim the deficit moments later, but Gaborik fired a shot over the net following a deft wraparound pass from Ruslan Fedotenko.

The Devils made good on their next good scoring opportunity at 9:49, with Travis Zajac blasting a shot from the top of the right circle that eluded Lundqvist inside the left post.

Brandon Prust finally put the Rangers on the board with 4:19 left in the frame. The speedy forward chased down a loose puck in the Devils' zone before sliding a backhand shot past a sprawling Brodeur.
 
New York closed to within a goal just 32 seconds into the middle frame after a centering pass glanced in off Ryan Callahan's left leg. A video review upheld the goal, Callahan's fifth of the postseason.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Prust returned from a one-game suspension for hitting Devils D Anton Volchenkov in the head in Game 4. He and Brandon Dubinsky were inserted into the lineup while Steve Eminger and John Mitchell sat out. ... Legendary Rangers netminder Ed Giacomin was given a standing ovation when introduced to the Madison Square Garden crowd near the end of the first period. Giacomin spent 11 seasons with New York in 1960s and 1970s and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1987. ... New Jersey has outscored opponents 21-9 in the first period so far this postseason.

Top Game Performances

New Jersey   NY Rangers
Stephen Gionta 2 Points Ryan Callahan 1
Stephen Gionta 1 Goals Ryan Callahan 1
Mark Fayne 2 Assists Artem Anisimov 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Martin Brodeur .893 Save Percentage Henrik Lundqvist .750
Martin Brodeur 25 Saves Henrik Lundqvist 12

Team Stats Summary

 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
New Jersey 17 5 0-2 2-2 8 25
NY Rangers 28 3 0-2 2-2 8 37

Upcoming Games

  • NY Rangers will play their next game on the road against NY Rangers . The Rangers have a W/L % of .627 after a win and .613 after a loss.
  • New Jersey will play their next game at home against NY Rangers . The Devils have a W/L % of .604 after a win and .559 after a loss.
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