Saturday, May 19, 2012

Game Three -- New York Rangers at New Jersey -- May 19, 2012

The battle of the Hudson as it's been billed by some resumes engagements today at the Rock in Newark, New Jersey,  the Rangers and Devils tied at one win a piece take the Eastern Final into the Devils back yard for game three.

With an American TV contract in Gary Bettman's filing cabinet, game time today is a 1PM start in Jersey, 10 AM for sleepy heads in the Pacific time zones, NBC putting today's game on the main network with hopes we imagine that the Rangers and Devils keep things to regulation time and don't cut into the Preakness coverage for the network.

In an interesting announcement, the Newark Police announced that they would be beefing up their presence at the Prudential Center for today's game, owing more to some recent troubles in the area that the arena is situated in.  Though any time that Ranger and Devil's fans get together one imagines it is probably a wise strategy to have a flying squad ready for any possibilities.

As for the hockey, the Devils having battled back in game two, should feel quite confident as they begin the two game home stand in this series, most observers of game one suggest that was theirs for the taking if not for a remarkable third period comeback by the Blueshirts,  in a perfect New Jersey world this could be  2-0 Jersey lead heading into Game Three.

However, as past history has shown between these two teams, it could very well be another seven game, nail biter series for the Rangers and their fans, a lucky bounce or untimely penalty providing for the margin of victory.

The main talk of the Rangers side these days beyond John Tortorella's short, succinct and snarky press conferences is his benching of Marian Gaborik in game two, a message for the Ranger that in the playoffs everyone needs to buy in, everyone needs to push all they have.

The Devils, who play a disciplined game at the best of times, ratchet that up at playoff time, though normally thought of as a defense first team, they have had unusual success on the scoreboard through their first two rounds and now into round three.  The balance that they seem to have found to their game has proven successful so far and in this series, their ability to stay focused has clearly brought the series to even terms to this point.

That of course will change after the game today, one of the two teams will take a 2-1 lead in the series and grab some momentum, we'll find out which one today, maybe even before post time...

Game Three-- New York Rangers 3 at New Jersey Devils 0

NY Rangers lead the series 2 games to 1

Previews and Reviews


New York Post-- Rangers seize control with Henrik masterpiece, third period flurry
New York Post-- Getting defensive on offence
New York Post-- Lundqvist invaluable to exhausted Rangers
New York Post-- Blueshirts pull Devs' power plug
New York Post-- Harold Heralded by Devils Teammates
New York Post-- Rangers vow to be better in Game 3 against Devils
NY Daily News-- NY Rangers may have found winning formula...
NY Daily News-- NY Rangers Ryan Callahan snaps goal drought...
NY Daily News-- NY Rangers' Game 3 victory silences NJ Devils captain...
NY Daily News-- Media obsession with NY Rangers coach John Tortorella ...
NY Daily News-- Brandon Dubinsky skates with NY Rangers ...
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils' Petr Sykora will miss first game of season ...
Newark Star Ledger-- I would have said things I'd regret after Game 3 loss
Newark Star Ledger-- It's getting desperate on and off the ice
Newark Star Ledger-- Rangers coach John Tortorella defends Brandon Prust ...
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils fans tell their stories of how they came to love the team
Newark Star Ledger-- Red statte vs Blue state: Devils fans deal with Rangers fans ...
USA Today--Tortorella: Devils' acts worse than Prust's
USA Today-- Rangers' Prust faces hearing over elbow to Volechnkov
Globe and Mail-- Tortorella comes to the defence of Prust
Globe and Mail-- Rangers' Prust could face discipline for elbow
National Post-- Rangers use familiar formula to win Game 3 against Devils


New York Post-- Stakes are raised in Game 3
New York Post-- Rangers look to rebound in Game 3 against Devils
New York Post-- Harrold Heralded by Devils Teammates
New York Post-- Rangers vow to be better in Game 3 against Devils
New York Post-- Day after, Rangers coach defends decision to sit Gaborik
New York Post-- Tortorella can be cranky as he wants as long as Blueshirts win the Cup
New York Post-- Despite goal slump, Callahan looks for other ways to help
New York Post-- Rangers Getting some results on power play
New York Post-- Coach doesn't blame Gaborik for Rangers' Game 2 loss
New York Post-- Devils want to use home-ice edge against Rangers
NY Daily News-- Brian Boyle seeks to regain spark for NY Rangers
NY Daily News-- NJ Devils' Bryce Salvador is suddenly on the offensive...
NY Daily News-- Zach Parise's father backs off comments son perhaps signing with NY Rangers
NY Daily News-- Media obsession with NY Rangers coach John Tortorella ....
NY Daily News-- Brandon Dubinsky skates with NY Rangers for first time...
NY Daily News-- Crucial giveaway places NY Rangers' Marian Gaborik in ...
NY Daily News-- NJ Devils say NY Rangers should feel welcome and "safe" ...
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils won't change winning lineup ...
Newark Star Ledger-- Rangers fans hop short flight, with Devils fans await Game 3 ...
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils-Rangers Your Game 3 predictions
Newark Star Ledger-- After benching, Rangers' Marian Gaborik looking to move forward...
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils J. P. Parise says he was not speaking for Zach about Rangers
Newark Star Ledger-- Dad says Devils' Zach Parise would be a good fit on Rangers
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk thrilled at  his first lengthy playoff run
Newark Star Ledger-- The zen (and brutality) of deflections; John Tortorella's evil ways
USA Today-- Hockey 101 helps Devils for Game 2 vs Rangers
USA Today-- Kovalchuk outshining Gaborik in Eastern Final
USA Today-- Rangers' Kreider makes leap from college to NHL
Globe and Mail-- Running with the Devils
Globe and Mail-- Rangers set to counter Devils' success in Game 3
Globe and Mail-- Parise DNA riddled with hockey smarts
National Post-- Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk seeing happier side of life

Previous items on this series

Game One
Game Two

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