After a quick writethru, here’s some final thoughts before Carpie and I head out into the great unknown (downtown Newark):
â€” Marty Brodeur said he wanted to keep the play going (remember: the Devils were on the PP and he didn’t want the faceoff to end up in his own zone) and that he simply forgot about Ryan Callahan. I, for one, found that stunning.
â€” The Rangers, in unison, said they were lucky to see Brodeur make such a mistake. “Good thing we took advantage of it because heâ€™s not going to do it very often,” Callahan said.
â€œWe got a lucky break, but thatâ€™s whatâ€™s always made Marty the best,â€ Scott Gomez said. â€œHe wonâ€™t think about that. Heâ€™ll let that go and heâ€™ll come back.â€
â€” Gomez was the man tonight, creating the opportunities on all three goals. He dished to Brendan Shanahan before charging to the net, which must’ve bothered Brodeur because that was a softie otherwise. He then tipped Callahan’s rebound to Brodeur, leading to the fateful play. The third goal had his name written all over it…he tucked it underneath Brodeur from beyond the goalie line to a cutting Sean Avery. … All in all, what a game for Gomez.
â€” Avery’s just Avery. He had two points tonight, drew two key penalties and probably has a few more stitches to show for it.
â€” I wrote through my story quick and didn’t really mention too much about Henrik Lundqvist, but let’s be honest: He was reason No. 1 why the Rangers have a 1-0 lead.
Lundqvist actually said he “took his time” sliding across the crease when he made the great stop on Patrick Elias with 2:30 left in the second period. He said he saw Elias didn’t receive the puck cleanly, signaling to him he had time. Let me tell you: If he can think that quickly, he’s a better man than you and I.
“I had pretty good timing there,” Lundqvist said.
â€” So you know, I’ll be back tomorrow. The Rangers practice at noon, so I’ll check in at some point after 1 p.m.