Thursday, April 10, 2008

Gomez’s return to Jersey a beneficial homecoming for the Rangers

Scott Gomez provided some of the key offense for his new team, while fans of his old team could only sit back and think back to all the times when he did, what he did on Wednesday on the behalf of the Devil.

Gomez picked up a three point night as his new employer the Rangers mounted a spirited attack deep into the heart of New Jersey. Gomez assisted on three of the Ranger’s four goals on the night as the Rangers took back home ice advantage in the best of seven series with a 4-1 victory over the Devils.

Brendan Shanahan a one time Devil also helped out on reunion night as the veteran playoff warrior netted the first goal of the game and series in the first period. From there the Rangers battled on the boards, made the open ice hits and kept the Devils off their game at times with some solid two way play.

Things went so wrong for the Devils on Wednesday that a key goal in the third period came off of Marty Brodeur, who lost the puck while trying to clear the zone as Ryan Callahan snuck in from behind and stole the puck, scoring a key goal to build on the Ranger bulge as time wound down, it was a rare mistake from the long time all start goalie and playoff MVP but indicative of how a moments lapse can prove costly at playoff time.

New Jersey hosted the first playoff game in its Newark ice palace the Prudential Centre, and thanks to the wonders of transportation, there were more than a few of the Blue shirts loudest backers in attendance to help the Devils in their constructive chanting.

Both sides have one night to work out some more chants and creative sing songs for game two, perhaps they can use some of the media reports for their research material.

Globe and Mail-- Gomez burns the Devils
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils have a blind spot
. Stats Pack

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