NEW YORK RANGERS: Prevent Devils From Being First Team to Defeat Blueshirts Three Times This Season.
Finish February 9-4
Martin Brodeur is the NHL's All-Time Shut-Outs leader. Give the man his due. Who remembers February 7th? That's the night the video heads in Toronto's war room disallowed a potential Artem Anisimov game tying goal in the final seconds while Martin Broduer turned back thirty shots and blanked the Blueshirts 1-0 at the Garden.
The Devil's future HOF goalie also happens to be the NHL's All-Time Wins leader as well. And that's all fine and well. But in spite of Marty's previous showing against the Rangers, when it comes to the Battle of the Hudson, Henrik still rules. And he just served every one a timely reminder why. Off a brilliant late third period save, the Blueshirts' liege recorded his eighth shut-out of the season; the forty-third of his career; and his sixth against New Jersey. Wins? Henrik Lundqvist has now entered into a three way tie with Tony Esposito and Ken Dryden as holders of the NHL's record for most 30+ win seasons to start a career by a goalie, with seven.
Monday night, the Rangers got back to doing what they do best; which is being physical, playing defense, and letting Henrik Lundqvist do the rest. But just as the Rangers were starving for goals on February 7th, they're starving for goals today. And this is the way it's going to be. This is Ranger Hockey. And Monday night, just enough Ranger Hockey happened against the Devils for a win.
Ranger Hockey happened to the Devils along the boards. Ranger Hockey happened to them in New Jersey's end, and damn-near every where else on the MSG ice. Hitting, hitting, more hitting, and one of the finest saves you'll ever see happened to the Devils too.
Ranger Hockey happened when Ryan Callahan assisted Carl Hagelin's 11th goal of the season towards the latter part of the first period. And Ranger Hockey happened again when New Jersey pulled Brodeur for another skater. Carl Hagelin returned an earlier favor and assisted Ryan Callahan's empty-net goal for the grand finish; the same guys who nailed the over-time winner against Buffalo.
Your final score was, Devils 0; Rangers Style Hockey 2.
By 10:30pm EST, The Blueshirts showed GM Glen Sather and reassured the Garden crowd why they are good to go just as they are.