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Rangers storm back, but come up short in Game 5

newyorkrangers.com | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

2011-12 Playoff Game No. 19; Home Game No. 11
New Jersey leads series 3-2
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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.
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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
1st2nd3rdT
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NYR
Scoring Summary
1st Period
02:43NJD Stephen Gionta (3) ASST: Mark Fayne (2), Steve Bernier (3) 1 - 0 NJD
04:13NJD Patrik Elias (4) ASST: Adam Henrique (8), Ilya Kovalchuk (9) 2 - 0 NJD
09:49NJD Travis Zajac (7) ASST: Zach Parise (7), Bryce Salvador (8) 3 - 0 NJD
15:41NYR Brandon Prust (1) ASST: Ruslan Fedotenko (5), Derek Stepan (8) 3 - 1 NJD
2nd Period
00:32NYR Ryan Callahan (5) ASST: Artem Anisimov (7), Brandon Dubinsky (2) 3 - 2 NJD
3rd Period
00:17NYR Marian Gaborik (5) ASST: NONE 3 - 3 Tie
15:36NJD Ryan Carter (3) ASST: Stephen Gionta (3), Marek Zidlicky (7) 4 - 3 NJD
19:28NJD EN - Zach Parise (7) ASST: Ilya Kovalchuk (10), Mark Fayne (3) 5 - 3 NJD
Penalty Summary
1st Period
10:08NJD Mark Fayne  Boarding against  Brandon Prust
2nd Period
03:12NJD Dainius Zubrus  Hooking against  Marian Gaborik
07:19NYR Brandon Prust  Slashing against  Martin Brodeur
09:32NJD Peter Harrold  Roughing against  Brandon Prust
09:32NYR Brandon Prust  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Peter Harrold
15:51NYR Ruslan Fedotenko  Boarding against  Bryce Salvador
3rd Period
19:55NYR Michael Del Zotto  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Steve Bernier
19:55NJD Steve Bernier  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Michael Del Zotto
shots by period
PeriodNJDNYR
1st69
2nd511
3rd68
Total1728
Team Stats
CategoryNJDNYR
Power Plays0/20/2
Hits2640
Faceoff Wins2537
Giveaways57
Takeaways38
Blocked Shots1617
Penalty Minutes88
  • NEW JERSEY
  • NY RANGERS
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30M. Brodeur2528.89360:00
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71M. RuppL00-2207:40
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
30H. Lundqvist1216.75059:14