Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/19/12 at 06:21 AM ET
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
The New York Rangers aren’t about to beat themselves. They’ll pack five skaters in front of Henrik Lundqvist and hurl themselves in every way possible at flying pucks.
So it makes sense to try and force the Rangers to beat you. You know, by scoring goals.
That, in a nutshell, is what the New Jersey Devils are intent on doing in this Eastern Conference final. They’ve decided to continue doing what they like to do, in this case pressuring the Rangers by having their own defencemen pinch aggressively and, as often as possible, play with five men in the offensive zone.
Then it’s up to the Rangers to prove they can bust out and create offence themselves.
So far in these playoffs, they haven’t been able to do it. At least not very often.
In compiling a 9-7 record over three series, the Rangers have scored more than two goals in a game just five times.
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