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Devils Move On To Stanley Cup Finals

What a game.

With a 3-2 series lead, the Devils literally tried to throw everything they had at the Rangers to finish this series off in front of their home fans. After dropping a 2-0 lead that they gained in the first period, the Devils were able to pull through with a 3-2 win in overtime. The Devils will now move on to face the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday, as they search to bring the Stanley Cup back to New Jersey.

The Devils did what needed to be done in order to defeat the New York Rangers, and more importantly goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who has the ability to steal games in big series.

Production from the fourth line has been key in this series. Stephen Gionta, Steve Bernier and Ryan Carter were able to produce clutch goals and create key opportunities at times where they weren’t expected too. Gionta has made a real impact on the Devils postseason run since being called up from AHL Albany. He has definitely helped his chances of making the team next year after his performance on the ice in the postseason. Gionta has three goals and four assists in a limited role on the fourth line. Carter has four goals and two assists, including a game-winning-goal in game five. Bernier has two goals and four assists, and isn’t afraid to throw his body around to create some momentum when the team needs it. If the Devils can continue to get strong fourth line play against the Kings, they will have a chance at bringing home another Cup.

Martin Brodeur has also played extremely well over the past couple of games. Looking at the goals he let in tonight, there wasn’t a whole lot he could do about them. The Fedetenko goal he was tight and low on the post anticipating the wrap around. Unfortunately, the puck slid out through the defenseman to a wide open Fedetenko.

The Callahan goal came off a slight deflection off a Dan Girardi shot from the point. Both goals were good goals by the Rangers that beat Brodeur. Thankfully Brodeur hasn’t let in a whole lot of soft goals throughout the playoffs. At 40 years old, he is playing young again, which is a positive sign for the Devils. He seemed to be even more rejuvenated at the end of the game tonight, skating down the ice and jumping in celebration with his teammates.

The power play goal by Kovalchuk was also a thing of beauty. Every player for the Devils on the ice touched the puck and passed it crisply, until it finally reached its ultimate destination, the back of the net. If the Devils can have their power play find some consistency, it will only give them another weapon to add to their arsenal against the Kings.

I will be back later this week with a full Devils/Kings preview, stay tuned!

Filed in: New Jersey Devils, | Devils Advocate | Permalink
  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk, martin+brodeur, ryan+carter, stephen+gionta, steve+bernier

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I am an all around NHL fan. I love to watch Atlantic Division, and root for the Philadelphia Flyers. Just because I cheer for the Flyers, doesn’t mean I don’t keep up with the other teams in the division, specifically the New Jersey Devils. Devils Advocate will provide you with the most important Devils news, filled with my opinion about the selected topic.

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