Game 62 Recap: Devils can’t solve Lundqvist, Fall 2-0

New Jersey Devils vs New York Rangers

(headline submitted by @HardipGoDevils)

The Devils dropped their 3rd straight last night, falling to the New York Rangers, 2-0 at Madison Square Garden.  Both teams looked tired and sluggish, but a short-side goal by Carl Hagelin gave the Rangers an early 1-0 lead, that they would never relinquish. Ryan Callahan put the game away with an empty net goal with just over a minute to play, to seal a 2-0 victory. The game was eerily similar to the one just a few weeks ago at the Garden, in which New Jersey suffocated the Rangers all night, on their way to a 1-0 victory. Last night it was the Rangers who did the suffocating.

After the 1st period, here is what some of you had to say – What did you like, didn’t you like and best Devils player that period? :

@shmermel – not physical enough, not controlling the puck enough, more and better shots

@markscocco –  typical game vs the Rags. We control the puck but kept to the outside, hit a post. they get 1 chance and score on it. #lucky

@KozachekVery – solid & intense period. The one breakdown is all it took to get one past Marty on the short side. Tough goal to allow

David Clarkson had a game I’m sure everyone would like to forget, including himself.  In the 2nd period, Clarkson was in the penalty box for 17 out of 20 minutes. His ill-advised check on Dubinsky in the 2nd period, in which he left his feet to make the check started a powder keg, which lead to a charging penalty and a fight with Dubinsky moments later.

Thoughts on the 2nd period and what needs to happen in the 3rd period?

@bacon55 – Terrible the Devils need to stick to the game plan and stop getting involved with unnecessary shenanigans #NJDevils

@scubsmcgubs99well its plain and simple get more shots on goals they have to remember “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”

@Brian_Cooke –  We need to stop looking for picture perfect opportunities and just take some damn shots!

The game didn’t have much in the area of offense, as both teams were held to a combined total of 28 shots, 15 for the Rangers, 13 for the Devils. Both Martin Brodeur and Henrik Lundqvist had light workloads, but still made key saves when they had to. The Rangers only had one power play to the Devils 2. The Rangers took a page out of the Devils teams from the past, playing a very stingy trap for most of the game. The Devils we’re limited to just 3 shots in the 3rd period. That is not a recipe for success.

This loss could prove costly for New Jersey, as Ottawa could pick up ground with a win tonight in Boston and push the Devils back into 7th place in the Eastern Conference. It doesn’t get much easier for the Devils as they will also face the Bruins Thursday night at TD Garden.

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Posted on February 28, 2012, in Devils Army, Devils Army Generals, Game Recap, New Jersey Devils, New Jersey Devils Fans, NHL and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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