NYR Lead Series 2 - 1
[51-24-7]
3
0
[48-28-6]
05/19/2012
FINAL
1 2 3 T
New York Rangers NYR 0 0 3 3
22 SHOTS 36
28 FACEOFFS 34
24 HITS 15
12 PIM 4
1/2 PP 0/5
3 GIVEAWAYS 5
2 TAKEAWAYS 3
19 BLOCKED SHOTS 6
       

Lundqvist is King of Newark as Rangers blank Devils

Saturday, 05.19.2012 / 7:58 PM

2011-12 Playoff Game No. 17; Road Game No. 7
Rangers lead series 2-1
VIDEO: HIGHLIGHT OF THE GAME
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GAME RECAP

Associated Press

In his latest playoff gem, Henrik Lundqvist had little time to do more than stop every breakaway or 2-on-1 New Jersey shot his way. When he took a moment to breathe, Lundqvist had all the confidence his Rangers would bail him out with a goal or two.

"You know sooner or later it's going to turn," he said. "It's going to turn in our favor."

Unlike those dozens of Devils' shots, his feeling was on the mark.

Lundqvist had 36 saves, and Dan Girardi, Chris Kreider and Ryan Callahan scored third-period goals to lead the Rangers to a 3-0 win over the New Jersey Devils in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday.

Girardi and Kreider scored goals only 1 minute, 57 seconds apart early in the third to seize the momentum in a packed building with fans of both teams at a fever pitch, and give the Blueshirts a 2-1 series lead. Indeed it was a quick span the Devils may long regret, especially after they dominated long stretches of Game 3.

"We played a real good hockey game," Devils coach Peter DeBoer said. "We lost. We gotta find a way to score a goal."

The Rangers did, and they left head coach John Tortorella singing the praises of his goalie after the win.

"He a great competitor," Tortorella said, "as far as his preparation and as far as what he does for this hockey club."

Game 4 is Monday in New Jersey.
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PHOTO OF THE GAME

STATS OF THE GAME
The Rangers remain undefeated at Prudential Center in the playoffs, posting a record of 4-0 including three wins during their 2008 Easter Conference Quarterfinal series. Chris Kreider is now tied for seventh in the NHL, and first among league rookies, with five goals in postseason action.

THREE STARS
(selected by newyorkrangers.com)
1. Lundqvist 2. Girardi 3. Callahan


THE BIGGER PICTURE
This was Henrik Lundqvist at his finest, and when Lundqvist plays like this, it's almost impossible for any team to beat the Rangers, including any team they might face in the Cup Final. The Blueshirts are now just six wins shy of a Stanley Cup championship.
RANGERS LEADERS
Icetime -- McDonagh (28:01)
Shots -- Gaborik, Callahan (3)
Hits -- Hagelin (4)
Blocks -- McDonagh (4)
Takeaways -- Del Zotto, McDonagh (1)
Faceoffs -- Richards (19)

NEW YORK RANGERS' GAME 3 LINEUP AT NEW JERSEY
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Chris Kreider Brad Richards Marian Gaborik
Carl Hagelin Derek Stepan Ryan Callahan
Mike Rupp Brian Boyle Brandon Prust
Artem Anisimov John Mitchell Ruslan Fedotenko
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Marc Staal Anton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto Steve Eminger
Goaltenders: Henrik Lundqvist, Martin Biron
Starting Lineup: Lundqvist, McDonagh, Girardi, Hagelin, Richards, Gaborik.
POWER PLAY UNITS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Chris Kreider Artem Anisimov Marian Gaborik
Derek Stepan Brad Richards Ryan Callahan
POINT MEN
Left Point Right Point
Michael Del Zotto Anton Stralman
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
PENALTY KILLING UNITS
FORWARD UNITS
Forward Forward
Brandon Prust Brian Boyle
Ryan Callahan Ruslan Fedotenko
Carl Hagelin Artem Anisimov
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Marc Staal Michael Del Zotto
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