Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/23/12 at 03:46 PM ET
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Ever have a party and walk hesitantly the next morning downstairs, fearful at what might await?
You know there might be stains on the upholstery, a few uprooted plants, broken glasses and you’re not quite sure what happened to the dog.
That was the feeling around Madison Square Garden on Tuesday following the 4-1 beatdown the New York Rangers suffered in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals, less than 24 hours earlier in Newark.
The loss not only evened the series at 2-2, it also revealed the Rangers had been pushed far outside their comfort zone by a New Jersey Devils team that represents a far superior opponent than either Ottawa or Washington, both of which pushed the Rangers to seven games in the first two rounds.
The Devils have been the better of the two teams through large portions of the first four games and, in spite of being shut out twice, used a dominating performance in Game 4 to put a significant amount of pressure on the top-seeded Rangers to both forget the recent past and find another gear for the immediate future.
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