W2W4: Rangers vs. Devils
May, 19, 2012
By Katie Strang | ESPNNewYork.com
At a glance: After the Rangers and Devils split the first two games at Madison Square Garden, the series heads to Newark for Game 3 on Saturday. The Devils outplayed the Rangers while securing 3-2 win in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, but the Rangers are coming off a much-needed two days of rest.
Gaborik gaffe: Stapled to the bench for the majority of the third period, including the last 1:29 in regulation, Rangers sniper Marian Gaborik will have some extra motivation to perform. The 30-year-old winger said he has moved on from Wednesday's benching -- a result of poor play on the Devils' game-tying goal in the second period -- but how will he respond?
Formidable fourth line: A big part of the Devils' dynamic offensive attack? A pretty effective fourth line. New Jersey has received valuable contributions from the hard-checking energetic trio of Ryan Carter, Stephen Gionta and Steve Bernier. Carter scored the second-period equalizer in Game 2 that sent Gaborik to the sideline.
"C" needs "O": The catalyst for the Rangers' physical play, captain Ryan Callahan has done pretty much everything asked of him -- blocking shots, delivering hits, killing penalties -- except score. The 27-year-old spark plug has been limited to only three goals in 15 games this postseason and has not found the back of the net since May 2.
Battle of the best: The battle between future Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur and Vezina/Hart trophy finalist Henrik Lundqvist has been pretty even through the first pair of games. Brodeur has given up four goals total, Lundqvist three.
Saving grace: An Achilles heel for most of the regular season, the Rangers' power-play has delivered in the first two games of the best-of-seven set against the Devils. The Rangers tallied twice on the man-advantage Wednesday and once in Game 1 on Monday.