NJD Lead Series 3 - 2
[48-28-6]
5
3
[51-24-7]
05/23/2012
FINAL
1 2 3 T
New Jersey Devils NJD 3 0 2 5
17 SHOTS 28
25 FACEOFFS 37
26 HITS 40
8 PIM 8
0/2 PP 0/2
5 GIVEAWAYS 7
3 TAKEAWAYS 8
16 BLOCKED SHOTS 17
       

Rangers storm back, but come up short in Game 5

Wednesday, 05.23.2012 / 10:52 PM

2011-12 Playoff Game No. 19; Home Game No. 11
New Jersey leads series 3-2
VIDEO: TORTORELLA POSTGAME
• Full Highlights | Highlight of the Game | Lundqvist | Staal and Richards • Melrose CU Save of Game
GAME RECAP

Associated Press

Ryan Carter snapped a tie with 4:24 left, and the New Jersey Devils survived for a 5-3 victory over the Rangers after blowing a three-goal lead in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.

The Devils, who led 3-0 before the first period was half over, have a 3-2 edge in the series heading into Game 6 at home on Friday night. A Game 7 would be on Sunday back at The Garden, where the Blueshirts have already won two Game 7s in this playoff run.

The Devils seemed primed for an easy win when Stephen Gionta and Patrik Elias scored within the first 4:13 of the game. Travis Zajac made it 3-0 before the Rangers began chipping away.

Brandon Prust brought the Blueshirts within 3-1 before the first period was over, and Ryan Callahan made it a one-goal game in the first minute of the second.

The Garden really rocked when Marian Gaborik tied it  just 17 seconds into the third. But the comeback was all for naught. Carter put the Devils back in front, and Zach Parise sealed it with an empty-net goal.

"I thought we probably played our best game of the series tonight," Rangers coach John Tortorella said.

Once Gaborik tied it with an unassisted goal that ricocheted in off the skate of goalie Martin Brodeur, it appeared the Rangers would ride the comeback all the way to one of the most stirring wins in team history. But Carter made sure it wouldn't happen.

Ilya Kovalchuk knocked Michael Del Zotto off the puck in the right corner, and Gionta sent a pass in front to Carter -- who had just charged in front from the bench -- for a quick shot that beat Henrik Lundqvist.
• COMMENT ON BLUESHIRTS UNITED | PHOTO GALLERY

PHOTO OF THE GAME

STATS OF THE GAME
The Rangers have come back from a 3-2 series deficit to advance in the playoffs twice before -– in both the 1994 Conference Final against New Jersey, and in the first round of this postseason against Ottawa. Game 6 will mark the 20th game of the postseason for the Rangers, making them one of only seven teams in NHL history to play 20 games through the first three rounds and the first to do it since 2002.

THREE STARS
(selected by newyorkrangers.com)
1. Callahan 2. Fedotenko 3. McDonagh


THE BIGGER PICTURE
The Rangers play their best on big stages with their backs to the wall. Their late game heroics have been proof of that. Twenty games into their postseason, they will find themselves in precisely that scenario. Now it's just about getting this series back home.
RANGERS LEADERS
Icetime -- Staal (26:50)
Shots -- Richards (4)
Hits -- Callahan (6)
Blocks -- McDonagh (6)
Takeaways -- Richards (3)
Faceoffs -- Stepan (18)

NEW YORK RANGERS' GAME 5 LINEUP VS. NEW JERSEY
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Chris Kreider Brad Richards Carl Hagelin
Brandon Dubinsky Artem Anisimov Ryan Callahan
Ruslan Fedotenko Derek Stepan Marian Gaborik
Mike Rupp Brian Boyle Brandon Prust
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Marc Staal Anton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto Stu Bickel
Goaltenders: Henrik Lundqvist, Martin Biron
Starting Lineup: Lundqvist, McDonagh, Girardi, Kreider, Richards, Hagelin.
POWER PLAY UNITS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Derek Stepan Brad Richards Ryan Callahan
Chris Kreider Artem Anisimov Marian Gaborik
POINT MEN
Left Point Right Point
Michael Del Zotto Anton Stralman
Marc Staal Dan Girardi
PENALTY KILLING UNITS
FORWARD UNITS
Forward Forward
Ryan Callahan Derek Stepan
Prust/Fedotenko Brian Boyle
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Marc Staal Michael Del Zotto
Email Back to top ↑