With the 2013-14 season looming closer, we’ll be taking a look at the new and old Division match-ups in the new formed Metropolitan Division in this weekly blog. In this final week before the NHL season starts, we look at our cross-river rivals, the New York Rangers.
Your New Jersey Devils (19-18-10) will take the ice for the final time this season on Saturday afternoon, as they take on their cross-town rivals, the New York Rangers (25-18-4) for the fourth time this season. The Devils are 1-2-0 against the Rangers this season, taking the first meeting by a score of 3-1, then losing the next two 3-2 and 4-1. The Rangers will look to move as high as 6th in the Eastern Conference standings, depending on the results of the last two games for the Ottawa Senators.
Your New Jersey Devils (4-1-3) will face-off against the New York Rangers (4-4-0) Tuesday for the first of four times this season, and the first time since the Now-Classic Game 6 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals. Chances are, if you’re reading this, I don’t need to tell you how that game went down. During the regular season last year, the Devils split the season series with the Rangers (3-3-0) going 2-1-0 at the Prudential Center. Patrik Elias led the Devils in points (2G, 3A) while David Clarkson led the team in goals (3). After a 6-game series with the Rangers in the playoffs, the Devils finished 2011-12 with a 7-5-0 record against their cross-river rivals.
When the New Jersey Devils beat the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Finals this past May, everyone anticipated the rematch between Martin Brodeur and Henrik Lundqvist. Little did fans know that it would occur almost six months to the day of Adam Henrique’s series winning goal, that the venue would be Atlantic City, and that the purpose of the game would be raising money for victims of a hurricane that rocked the shores of New Jersey and New York.
Almost 10,800 fans came out to Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Saturday night to see Brodeur, Lundqvist, and 32 other NHL players in Operation Hat Trick, a charity game that supported the American Red Cross, the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, and the Empire State Relief Fund.
Three stars of the game:
3rd star: Bryce Salvador (1 goal, 1 assist)
2nd star: Martin Brodeur (28 saves)
1st star: Zach Parise (2 goals, 1 assist)
It’s funny what a difference two days can make. On Saturday afternoon, the Devils played a decent all-around game, but you need to outscore your opponent to win games (at least that’s the only known way to win as far as I know), and the Devils couldn’t beat Henrik Lundqvist on Saturday. Two days and a few tweaks to the lineup later, the Devils tied the series once again with the Rangers in a strong, 4-1 victory at the Prudential Center in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
(headline by @TheProgramBTR)
Three stars of the game:
3rd star: Bryce Salvador (2 assists, 23:37 ice time)
2nd star: Chris Kreider (Rangers – 1 goal)
1st star: David Clarkson (Game-winning goal, 3 shots)
“Every goal he scores is a game winner. I hope he can get 7 more.” Those were the words of Ilya Kovalchuk in his postgame interview at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night. He was referring to David Clarkson’s third period goal that held up as the game-winning goal that tied the Eastern Conference Finals at one game apiece after dropping Game 1 on Monday night. The Devils got the job done, winning 3-2, and will make the short trip across the Hudson River before Saturday’s Game 3 against the Rangers.