by Patrick Hoffman on 05/19/12 at 05:46 PM ET
Once again in this year’s postseason, New York Rangers’ goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was the story for his hockey club as his 36-save performance help shutout the New Jersey Devils in Game 3 at the Prudential Center by a score of 3-0.
Much like in Game 1, except with a lot more shots in this afternoon’s tilt, Lundqvist stopped everything the Devils threw at him in the hockey game. He was especially good in the first period when he stopped several odd man rushes and made a terrific glove save on Devils’ sniper Ilya Kovalchuk in close.
Lundqvist also made several big stops in the middle frame to keep the game at 0-0 in the third period. The Devils outshot the Rangers 15-9 in that period but again were not able to put one past the “King”.
Then, in the third period, the Blueshirts found a way to put pucks past Martin Brodeur, who, like Lundqvist, was also have a solid game between the pipes for his hockey club. Rangers’ defenseman Dan Girardi put the team up 1-0 on the power play just over three minutes into the third period when a Brad Richards’ face-off win ended up in the back of the net off a Girardi snap shot that beat Brodeur stick side.
Two minutes later, the Rangers found the back of the net again when rookie Chris Kreider deflected a Ryan McDonagh shot past Brodeur for his fifth of the postseason and a 2-0 Rangers’ lead. While the Rangers did not generate a lot of offense all game long (22 shots), they were able to score two goals 1:57 apart.
Team captain Ryan Callahan would clinch the victory for the Blueshirts when he added an empty netter with 2:23 to go in the hockey game. For Callahan, it was his fourth goal of the postseason as well as his eighth point.
The Rangers have found themselves in this situation before this postseason. Back in the first round against the Ottawa Senators, the Blueshirts shutout Ottawa in Game 3 by a score of 1-0 and headed into Game 4 with a 2-1 series lead.
The Blueshirts will be in that same situation on Monday night when the play Game 4 against the Devils at the Prudential Center. Hopefully for the Rangers, a different result will follow and Game 5 will be chance to finish the series.
With that said, the Rangers’ will keep their one game at a time approach like they have all postseason long because in the end, that is the only way the Rangers’ do business.
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