The Rangers surely must feel that destiny is starting to turn against them, a remarkable comeback in game five was rendered pointless after the Devils responded to the Ranger push to secure a 5-3 victory, taking a three game to two lead back home to Newark for a possible close out game tonight.
The Rangers who managed to make a challenge of Game 5 despite an off night for Henrik Lundqvist seemed to be on the cusp of one of those we'll talk about this for years moments, only to see the Devils regroup and return to the task at hand of moving forward in the playoffs.
New Jersey, which watched a 3 goal lead disappear, never seemed to panic when other teams might have, even with some stumbles by the legendary Martin Brodeur, the Devils, picked themselves up and marched forward, one of those character type wins that tend to define champions.
And with it, they stand but one win away from another Stanley Cup appearance, as unlikely as that may have seemed at the start of the season, the Devils, not the Rangers would seem to have the momentum in place to bring an end to the Eastern Final and to bring on the Stanley Cup final.
New York however has been here before, twice as a mater of fact, on the verge of elimination, stumbling, struggling to make it to the finish line, each time in previous series they found the will to extend their demise, such an opportunity has arisen again.
Should make for a dandy game six, the ebb and flow of a series that at times has been stagnant then suddenly bursts into energy and fight, offering up the added drama that one of the teams could see their season end short of their goal.
The Rangers, who have looked very tired in the last few games, need to summon up whatever energy they have in reserve for sixty minutes (maybe a bit more) of effort to salvage a pretty impressive season, the Devils who seem to have peaked at just the right time, need to put away their cross river rivals tonight, a game seven in New York City would make for an amazing setting, but it comes with much risk, better to solve the Rangers now and move on.
Game Six-- New York Rangers 2 at New Jersey 3 (OT)
NEW JERSEY WINS the series 4 games to 2
Previews and Reviews
New York Post-- Henrique, Devils deal defeat in OT, deny 1994 deja Blue
New York Post-- Captain Callahan's goal can't bail out Blueshirts
New York Post-- Torts looks to future following Rangers loss
New York Post-- Rookie scrambles Rangers
New York Post-- Rangers heartbroken after season-ending loss to Devils
New York Post-- Henrique scores big experience
New York Post-- Ageless Brodeur ready to fill Cup
New York Post-- Karma for Kovy
NY Daily News-- Season ends for NY Rangers as Adam Henrique lifts NJ Devils...
NY Daily News-- NY Rangers must find more scoring punch...
NY Daily News-- Relieved Martin Brodeur closes door on '94...
NY Daily News-- NJ Devils' Adam Henrique gives NY Rangers grief ...
NY Daily News-- In the end, NY Rangers coach John Tortorella and ...
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils chasing history in Stanley Cup finals
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils' victory evens the score for Martin Brodeur with ghosts of 1994
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils' Lou Lamoriello: Rangers series tough because of 'side attraction'
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils down Rangers, 3-2, earn first trip to Stanley Cup finals since 2003
Newark Star Ledger-- A first look at the Devils-Kings Stanley Cup final matchup
Newark Star Ledger-- In a flash, the Rangers' hard work goes for naught in loss to Devils
Newark Star Ledger-- Where does Devils hero Adam Henrique go from here?
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils' Zach Parise decides not to raise Prince of Wales trophy
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils take pleasure in beating Rangers to reach Stanley Cup finals
Newark Star Ledger-- Martin Brodeur continues to drink from fountain of youth
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils looking forward to challenge against Kings in Stanley Cup finals
USA Today-- Rangers' Lundqvist devastated after loss
USA Today-- Devils beat Rangers 3-2 in OT, head to Final
USA Today-- Rangers season ends as another rally falls short
Globe and Mail-- Devils beat Rangers in overtime, advance to Stanley Cup final
Globe and Mail-- NHL teams that spend tend to win
Toronto Star-- New Jersey Devils reach Stanley Cup final, win Game 6 in overtime
Toronto Sun-- Devils drop Rangers in OT
New York Post-- Stakes for Rangers, Devils same as '94, but rivals seek own history
New York Post-- Rangers embracing do-or-die mentality before Game 6
New York Post-- Callahan knows he must 'C's moment for Rangers in Game 6
New York Post-- Devils 'not counting' on Rangers goalie struggling again
New York Post-- Rangers' Lundqvist needs to channel Richter's '94 effort
New York Post-- Messier answered with his words, then goals
New York Post-- Rangers fans know "Marteeee" now
New York Post-- Leetch 'laughed' when he saw Messier's guarantee
New York Post-- Behind the scenes as Leetch, Daneyko take in Devils-Rangers series
NY Daily News-- NY Rangers and coach John Tortorella steer clear of any Mark Messier...
NY Daily News-- NY Rangers are plenty used to having backs agains the wall...
NY Daily News-- Martin Brodeur says today's N. J. Devils, compared to '94 squad...
NY Daily News-- '94 Rewind: Mark Messier scores three goals as NY Rangers beat ...
NY Daily News-- From the archives: Mark Messier guarantees NY Rangers will...
NY Daily News-- John Tortorella says Rangers' mindset slipped...
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils Pete DeBoer: We don't have many corrections to make...
Newark Star Ledger-- What will the Game 6 headline be?
Newark Star Ledger-- What's been the best part about the 2012 playoff run?
Newark Star Ledger-- John Tortorella is intense and resolute and it's all authentic ...
Newark Star Ledger-- Martin Brodeur has his chance to end similarities of series...
Newark Star Ledger-- Ryan Callahan rejuvenated, Rangers need him so in Game 6 ...
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils not worried about the past, just focused on Game 6
Newark Star Ledger-- Is Martin Brodeur's stick-handling a good or bad thing?
Newark Star Ledger-- Rangers make no guarantees for Game 6...
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils Dainius Zubrus: This may be my best chance for a Cup
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils-Rangers series so similar to the 1994 epic
USA Today-- Rangers have overcome adversity before
Globe and Mail-- Messier's guarantee a distant memory to Brodeur
National Post-- Rangers coach John Tortorella is a master motivator
National Post-- No Messier type guarantee for Rangers this time around
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