BATTLE OF THE HUDSON
GAME FIVE ~ FINAL
Madison Square Garden engineers better check for cracks in the foundation before they let anyone back in for a possible Game Seven. After Wednesday night, the place may not be safe to re-enter. Your Broadway Blueshirts were a smash.
The Call of the Garden Wild shook the walls of MSG like the renovation of the World's Most Famous Arena hasn't. You could hear them from 33rd Street all the way to Trenton. Maaaa-aaarty! ...they screamed.
This was the third period. MSG was bedlam. To start, everyone was just mad. The Devils jumped out to a near instant three goal lead in the first period. Everything after that was nothing short of a classic.
The Rangers came all the way back from being down 3-0 midway through the first period. Their Captain almost willed them back by himself. Marian Gaborik tied the game at three as the third period commenced.
The Devils were surging-on with fury ever since the Rangers scored goal number three. Then Ryan Carter, the guy who the Rangers like to beat-up any chance they get, and the man Carl Hagelin failed to cover for this one shift, beat the Rangers. He scored the game winning goal with just over four minutes to go. The Devils would score a fifth goal on an empty net. And Madison Square Garden emptied in silence.
Unlike the more experienced Devils, the Rangers; through five games only; are proving they are too young to know how to finish. In that regard, Brandon Dubinsky would have helped imeasurably over the previous four games. Now the young Blueshirts are forced to be stupid enough to win two in a row.