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Who Will Shut Down Staal?

From Colin Stephenson at The Star-Ledger:

The Hurricanes’ top player had two goals and an assist in Game 6, so shutting down his line obviously will be one of the keys for the Devils in Game 7.

“It still comes down to how individuals are going to play against him,” Devils coach Brent Sutter said Monday. “Obviously, it’s different there, because they do have the last line change—and hey, he’s an elite-level player. You have a tremendous amount of respect for how he plays, and you certainly have to pay a lot of attention to him when he’s on the ice.”

Besides having the crowd on their side, the Devils get the advantage at home Tuesday night of having the last line change on play stoppages, which should make it much easier for them to get the matchups they want. In the games at the Prudential Center, Sutter has generally sought to put the line of Jay Pandolfo, John Madden and Brendan Shanahan—and the defense pair of Colin White and Mike Mottau—on the ice every time Staal is out for the Hurricanes.

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Another Shutout for The King

For the second time in three games, New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist picked up a shutout (his second of the season). This time, it came at the hands of the struggling Ottawa Senators in a 2-0 victory.

This was a game in which Lundqvist had excellent rebound control, was in position for both the first and second shots (if there was one) and more importantly, he gave his club a chance to win a hockey game, which they did thanks to goals by Brandon Dubinsky (finally) and a beauty from Lauri Korpikoski off a great feed from Nikolai Zherdev.

As a team, the Blueshirts were disciplined, tough in front of their own net and made the game easy for Lundqvist. When they do things like that, it’s easy to see why they would win.

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Bound To Happen

There the New York Rangers were, half way through the third period with a 2-0 lead over the Toronto Maple Leafs. What happened next was something that most realistic Blueshirt fans were for all along: a melt down.

The Maple Leafs exploded for five goals in the final frame to give the Rangers their third loss of the season, giving them a record of 10-3-1.

For any Ranger fan, it’s pretty easy to see what did them in: the team’s offense and sloppy coverage in their own zone.

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