It was a 0-0 tie going into the 3rd period, but just 5 minutes into the period, the Rangers had a 2-0 lead on goals scored 23 seconds apart.
The Devils hung around and made things interesting, but some late game heroics from Henrik Lundqvist (with a little help from the zebras) preserved the victory for the Rangers.
Devils fans have a right to be perturbed about the officiating at the end of the game, with 3 questionable decisions. Blair Betts was blatantly hooking a Devils player in the neutral zone – no call. Langenbrunner was called for a soft hooking penalty shortly thereafter. And finally, with the Devils on the penalty kill, they were called for an icing. The refs realized this last mistake, but the whistle had already blown and the damage done.
Then again, there weren’t too many Devils fans left in the Prudential Center by that time, as they started filing out with about 5 minutes left. Pretty lame if you ask me. 2 goals is not a safe lead in hockey, and the Devils proved this point by seriously threatening to tie the game in the waning minutes.
I wonder what was going on with former teammates Scott Gomez and Jamie Langenbrunner. They started going at each other in the 2nd period, and both of them seemed very angry with the other.
One final note: just like Wednesday, the Rangers fans snapped up all the available seats for this game, and made the Prudential Center very hostile territory for the Devils. Chants of “Let’s Go Rangers” and “Mar-ty” resonated throughout the game. I will post a video I took with my camera phone later.