In-game: Rangers vs. Devils, Game 3


10:48 p.m. — I’m back from downstairs. Obviously, the Rangers lost 4-3 in OT on John Madden’s goal, which deflected off the skate of Marc Staal and between the legs of Henrik Lundqvist. The Rangers weren’t crushed afterward, but they were very mad about what Brendan Shanahan dubbed “careless” penalties in the second period.

I asked Jaromir Jagr about his mysterious absence in the second period. He laughed and said he’ll be fine…meaning he probably tweaked something but expects it won’t affect him. Obviously, he played really well in the third period so I don’t think it’s much of a concern either.

OK, I have to rewrite. I’ll check back later.

9:41 p.m. — We were eating dinner downstairs before the game — over by where they let the elephants into the Garden for the circus — and we all agreed this game had OT written all over it. … Well, the Rangers were dangerously close a couple times, but we’re going to OT…just like expected.

I don’t know if Dan Girardi’s slapper was headed in the net, but it was an awfully good opportunity. The Rangers were flying

8:49 p.m. — End of two periods, Devils up 3-2.

The Rangers will start the final period on the PP, but that’s probably a small consolation to Ranger fans. All told, the Rangers were called for 10 minutes of penalties in the period, including eight over the final 7:54.

As I wrote before about Jagr being on the ice, he immediately missed his next shift. We’ll see if he’s back on the ensuing PP.

8:44 p.m. — The Garden is stunned. Not only did the Devils score twice to take a 3-2 lead, the Rangers have been whistled for three penalties in a row that were questionable.

All and all, this game has been called awfully tight for a playoff game.

Jagr was on the ice for the last shift. I’m not sure if there’s something wrong with him or if the Rangers just haven’t been at even-strength for a while.

8:12 p.m. — So Glen, where’s that new contract?

7:52 p.m. — What a period! Exciting, feisty, controversial. All you want in a good period of hockey, unless you’re a Ranger fan who doesn’t appreciate when your club has a no-goal call changed by a video review.

One opinion: The officials definitely evened-out the calls on the penalties to Shanahan and Parise. Shanahan’s “hook” was incidental contact, and quickly negated the Rangers’ power play. Avery appeared to have been tripped by Brodeur, but maybe the officials just missed the play and tried to react when Avery fell. But they also blew it on Parise’s “cross-check,” which negated the Devil PP. Parise was actually hit by Chris Drury, and his stick rode up. Ironic, isn’t it?

It’s tough to say which way this one will go. The play’s been even so far, but each team has dominated for long stretches. My guess is you Ranger fans will take that.

I imagine the Blueshirts wouldn’t mind a tie game headed into the third with their third-period dominance over the Devs this season.

7:40 p.m. — Have the Rangers spooked Marty Brodeur? Sure looks like it. He was simply not ready for that shot by Brandon Dubinsky, and he doesn’t have Colin White to blame this time.

If anything, White saved Brodeur.

Anyway, it appears the Rangers are back. They are flying.

7:29 p.m. — Rangers need a big power play here. They haven’t been great so far, after a terrific opening minute or two.

That could’ve been about two or three penalties on the Devils. The play happened right in front of us. Sjostrom got punched right in the back of the head by Oduya.

7:24 p.m. — Now that’s a cross-check.

7:19 p.m. — I think that’s a goal. It looks like Betts hit the Brylin shot in with the shaft of his stick…

Oh wait…Ater video review, he did. 1-0 Devils at 3:01. What do you think out there? Goal or no goal?

7:15 p.m. — Lines back to normal. Must’ve been looking for early matchup.

7:11 p.m. — Jagr starting with Avery and Gomez, who could not stand still during the national anthem.

It’s weird. We’ll see if it lasts.

7:08 p.m. — Ranger lineup is the same. Devils is same, minus D-man Andy Greene.

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  1. Doodie Machetto on

    Way to go Betts, Girardi, and Tyutin. AWFUL play in our own zone. Not a good sign for this game moving forward.

  2. what the hell are they doing out there?… and christan backman is out for blood with parise

  3. correct me if im wrong- how does brylin get that goal. he wasnt the last person to touch the puck unless he was the one who kicked it in. did the league acknowledge the goal as him kicking it in but unintentionally? or will the scoring probably change later?

  4. That’s a rediculous penalty on Avery when Brodeur tripped him, but the refs called an equally rediculous one on Parise when he was defending himself from Drury. It evened out. :)

  5. Parise has to take that hit and keep his stick down. Maybe a make-up, but not even close to being as awful a call as the one on Avery.

  6. Doodie Machetto on

    For those of you wondering where Al Trautwig is, he was covering the Pacific Rim championship in female gymnastics. It came on after the Caps/Philly game and I heard his voice and all I could do was laugh. Enjoy the gymnastics, we’ll watch the playoffs without you.

    The call on Parise was the wrong call, but it was certainly a penalty. There was no cross check, but thats a high stick. You are responsible for your stick at all times, and if it hits the guy in the head, it’s your fault, two minutes. Four for blood.

  7. Doodie Machetto on


    I didn’t see where they were competing, but it was the Pacific Rim championships…. Must’ve been tape delayed or something.

  8. I am a Ranger on

    Parise is going to pay for his crap. I think Backman is gonna keep tabs on him

    So far the officiating in this game has been horrendous. This is the kind of game where officiating can have an impact – and that is never a good thing.


  9. Folks…just to clarify, I understand it was a bad call on Avery. I just believe someone (the official in that end) wasn’t looking where he was supposed to be looking. Unfortunately, Avery’s rep probably had something to do with the call. It often does…

  10. Girardi’s misplay on the goal against was all too familiar. He is fairly good without the puck (ie. the opposition has possession) in his own end, but an accident waiting to happen when with it or near it way too often for a defenseman who gets as much ice as he does.

  11. Josh

    Read Doodie’s post on the Parise play. Doesn’t matter if his stick “rode up” — the rules do not allow you to put your stick in that position to defend yourself, especially when Drury’s hit was legal.

  12. SeamusORiley on

    can Avery do any more than that?? SIGN HIM SATHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Doodie Machetto on

    OK Josh, time to do some actual reporting. Find out what the deal with Jagr and Rozsi is.

    Break the hot scoop!

  14. SeamusORiley on

    CAn the league attempt to do something against Avery? warn him? threaten him with suspension, or even put the refs on his back to get him out??

  15. Broadway Roe on

    I have never seen anything like that in my entire life. Sean Avery is writing his contract.

  16. SeamusORiley on

    Lou Lams just put a $50,000 bounty on Avery’s head.

    He is being targeted by EVERY devil!

  17. Doodie Machetto on

    I repeat, Mara has been by far our best defenseman today. He is playing his best game as a Ranger.

  18. I am a Ranger on

    Rozi got hit in the mouth – blood and no call.

    Looks like Jagr is “tired”

  19. SeamusORiley on

    agreed. Mara playing tough. Staal for the 3rd straight game is playing really well. Great education for this kid!
    Doodie, what happened with Jags? rosi?

  20. SeamusORiley on

    The devils are doing us a big favor: they are giving Staal, Dawes, Dubi and Callahan a great lesson in what it takes to win. This is soooooo intense.

    I think STaal has been our best defenseman for the series. Mara is stepping up tonight.

    Oh, where is Malik?

  21. SeamusORiley on

    What is VERSUS going to do? no editing!

    “you guys are f***ing bit****”

    Really? We look pretty damned tough to me!

  22. SeamusORiley on

    I want to see Weekes in!

    See what is happening on versus now? They are working on setting up a 2 sec delay! They just cut off the volume and put on music!

  23. SeamusORiley on

    the refs are turning on us.
    this is the flip side of Avery. sucks.
    closing your hand on the puck?
    2-2 tie.

  24. SeamusORiley on

    I want to see a replay….this is never called unless someone catches the puck, holds it, and throws it…even then it is often just a face off in the zone.

  25. Hockeyman Rangers #2 on

    I CAN’T GET THE GAME THIS SUCKS. Is anyone else blacked out from VERSUS that is not suppose to be. I live in PA and am NOT suppose to be blacked out. If you are, you should call them and complain. I did and they said I should not have been blacked out. They said someone screwed up. I would think the more people that complain that maybe they will not let this happen again. Anyone wants to call 1-877-versuson (837.78766) looks like there to many number but it works. The young lady I talked to was very nice. I am listening through my computer better than nothing.

  26. I am a Ranger on

    This is because there was no power play for the Rangers. Sure there was stuff after the whistle but the Devil player hit Hank while the puck was frozen. Should have been a man advantage.

  27. Doodie Machetto on

    My disgust for Tyutin has grown throughout the season, and I honestly think he has digressed as a defenseman, and is now our most overpaid defenseman. Great job Slats!

  28. SeamusORiley on

    Hockeyman, I hope MSG does a replay for you….you have never seen anything like this; seriously. I feel for ya

  29. little town blues on

    the Rangers have outplayed the Devils in the 3rd period of every game this season, so I don’t worry

  30. Rozy has been on the ice most of the period. Obviously, he was out there for that last shift. Don’t know about Jagr. I’ll let you know if we hear anything.

  31. SeamusORiley on

    Tutytin had a good sophomore season and I really thought that he was going to have a career year this year….this is probably why I have not learned to spell his name. He is no Malik, but if he really works at it; pushes the puck in front of Lundqvst, and eventually learns to dive on top of Lundqvst, he can, one day, be a malik.

  32. SeamusORiley on

    are they just going to keep calling penalties to make sure there is no sweep? how do the Rangers fight this??

  33. SeamusORiley on

    why was Brodeur not called for whacking Avery in the face?

    this is awful.

    We cannot win with all these calls.

  34. I am a Ranger on

    I’m sorry but this is total BS. This game is not based on hockey. It is purely driven by the desire of the officials

  35. Doodie Machetto on

    Your team is a penalty machine, and have given up to PP goals. Maybe a timeout? No, let’s let them take another penalty.

  36. SeamusORiley on

    we cannot beat the refs. We can beat the devils, but we cannot be the refs. These calls are awful.

    They must be so ticked off about Avery.

  37. SeamusORiley on

    hey Josh,

    can you see if you can get any info on these calls? any word about the refs punishing the rangers??


  38. I am a Ranger on

    The answer is more physical play by the good guys. Someone needs to punish Parise, Gionta or Elias.

  39. SeamusORiley on

    We need to have a strong 3rd period but how do you combat the refs?

    We need to rattle Marty again. The momentum’s swing was incredible.

  40. i would love to know how you can get called for high-sticking with your blade on the ice.

  41. yeah, that’s what it looked like.

    i love the versus broadcast picking up all the chatter from the scrums, ie rupp calling mara a “fucking bitch” repeatedly.

  42. Broadway Roe on

    According to Zipay’s blog, Elias got a penalty at the end of the period. Rangers PP to start the 3rd. Let’s get it right back here boys.

  43. Doodie Machetto on


    Al just interviewed Gomez, and here is the count:

    No “what can you says,” but he said “it’s the playoffs” and “we gotta stay out of the box” 4 or 5 times each.

  44. Who Needs Lohan on

    Seriously, what happened on the Rozi called penalty? The turning point of the game was Rupp’s cheap shot. No call because the Ref on that end is clearly biased or just stupid. Twice tonight the ref on the opposite end had to give us make up calls cause even he couldnt believe it. I am sickened by the way this has been reffed. Notice how our players are slamming sticks and crying about it though.

  45. Who Needs Lohan on

    Again, that ref on that end of the ice is making shit up to even out the poor job by the other a$$hole

  46. Doodie, agreed on Mara, really stood out… and stood up
    Staal also is quietly having a great game.

  47. Who Needs Lohan on

    I think Jagr looked like he reagrivated his groin. Anyone else see him touching it and reaching into his pants? Either that or he was thinking about Trevor Immelman’s hottie wife that he saw after pregame warmups

  48. SeamusORiley on


    next year, this guy fills out, and throws the body with anyone, drops the gloves, and scores 30-35 goals.

  49. Jagr played five minutes in the second after playing seven in the first. He definitely looks a little less limber, but obviously he’s playing through it. I’ll post after the game about his status.

  50. Doodie Machetto on

    Thanks Josh. It looks like Jagr is taking regular shifts so far in the third.

  51. SeamusORiley on

    the crowd sounds really loud…….I wish Versus would allow the mike to pick up a bit..

  52. Doodie Machetto on

    No holding the stick call, but then this lousy call!

    And when the refs can’t call BS penalties, they physically break up Callahan’s puck possession.

    They should seriously be ashamed of themselves.

  53. Doodie Machetto on

    I would say Sather should complain after the game like Lou did, but if the league isn’t on a golf course or in Edmonton, I don’t think Sather will do anything.

  54. vs is the biggest joke of a network. In philly, they blacked out the last 10 minutes of the 3rd period and i’m not sure i’ll even get OT

  55. so update,,, im still at work told my boss i have diarihha and im sitting in the bathroom for ot thank god for blackberrys to keep the live update hold on i need to see if theres more tp.

  56. Betts first period blunders gave the Debbies the first goal, and that was the key to them regaining some confidence.

    way too many turnovers all night by lots of Rangers

  57. Who Needs Lohan on

    Rozi got held by Pandolfo on that goal. Typical Devils goal though. Clutch, hold, and grab, and throw the puck at the net and pray. I hate everything about this cheap, second rate franchise.

  58. Doodie with his standard 2nd guess. use the timeout and the reason is??? They were about 4 minutes into the period and they were not tired, you are a CLOWN…….

    THEY lost because of the usual reason teams lose; turnovers and stupid penalties and plays.

    8 penalties or so, way to many…

    Betts with a beatiful trunonve to get it started etc….

    staal terrible clear on the Elais goal, smart Tyutin closing his hand on the puck(moron) and ther you have it, mistakes in your own zone KILL…

  59. Believe me, in the long run this loss will end up being a good thing. Not enough attention to fundamentals, not enough grit, not enough will.

    Not about to say they got more out of the two games they won in NJ than they deserved. (But they got more out of the two games in NJ than they deserved.) If this team is going to go deep, they have to be MUCH MUCH better than they have been so far in this post-season.

    Prediction: It’s a good thing the next game is not till Wednesday, and I think the NYRs will come back with a much fuller, rounder, more mature approach.

    Keep the faith, hombres.

  60. Who Needs Lohan on

    Also, I really put some blame, at least point a finger at Straka. How many times do I have to watch him give up shots thinking pass. He was wide open in the slot in the OT and didnt even budge. He had a 2 on 1 in regulation and never even thought about shooting. As I like to say, typical Eurofag move on his part. Ive had enough of his play. Yeah he plays hard, but in this “new NHL” anyone who isnt thinking shoot first has no use on the team IMO

  61. Who Needs Lohan on

    BTW they should have weight limitations on goalies. Marty is fat!

    And Sutter gives a great interview……

  62. Doodie Machetto on

    “Doodie with his standard 2nd guess. use the timeout and the reason is??? They were about 4 minutes into the period and they were not tired, you are a CLOWN…….”

    How about because they WERE tired (it was an icing) and the fact that they were getting crushed the entire OT. Call the timeout to regroup, kill the momentum, and to give the icing players a rest.

  63. Doodie Machetto on

    “Yeah he plays hard, but in this “new NHL” anyone who isnt thinking shoot first has no use on the team IMO”

    So Crosby, Spezza, Thornton, and Savard have no use in your opinion? Because none of those guys think shoot first.

  64. Why didn’t Renney call a time out after that icing? The guy is a piss poor coach.

  65. Who Needs Lohan on

    It is one thing when you are a great playmaker Doodie, but when you are an average one and every single time you get the puck with an advantage and you constantly do the same thing you are predictable. If those guys you mentioned always thought pass first they would be as effective as they are. Thats actually what separates those guys and why Straka isnt the player they are. He is too predictable and hence easier to defend. Maybe I am wrong, but I think his style enables a defenseman to cheat to another player.

  66. Re: Straka and his 2-on-1: When Blair Betts is your pass option, you shoot the puck. But Straka’s refusal to shoot did not cost them the game.

    They didn’t win the game beause they didn’t play well enough, and their personnel on the backline is suspect. Roszival’s offense has long ceased to offset his finesse oriented (ie. terror-filled) defensive posture. Girardi is a 6th defenseman (being kind) on a Cup winning team. Tyutin is a 5th (being kind).

    Getting lucky in three straight games is something you can’t count on. Again, this loss is a wake-up call, and will be seen as a positive in the long term if this team goes on the run we all want to see.

  67. Tons of luck for NJ. I really think Tyutin has lowered his standards, he’s our worst D in the lineup (not counting Malik & Strudwick). Where was Drury tonight? Needed wakeup call.

  68. Doodie Machetto on

    “Girardi is a 6th defenseman (being kind) on a Cup winning team. Tyutin is a 5th (being kind).”

    Really? I think Tyutin is much worse than Girardi. I’d rather see Strudwick over him at this point. At least Struds doesn’t take awful penalties.

  69. We’ll bounce back on Wednesday. After all the Rangers endured tonight, remember, NJ barely won – with 2 goals going off skates.

  70. TSN had a video on the site with their commentators discuss how over the line and unsportsmanlike Avery’s face-guarding act was tonight. Well…OK… i see their point and it seemed a little odd and outside the game, but it really is not a penalty. Their argument lost a little steam however when Pang started commending the refs for letting Brodeur spear Avery in the groin. Let me get this strait… waving a glove or stick in front of someone is unsportsmanlike, but spearing in the groin and punching is just fair play. Interesting analysis.

  71. Doodie and Lenny the clowns appear afte ra loss… Yeah Girardi is a 6th D man on a cup team, you really are a clown…

    Girardi is a good not great d Man with 14 penalty minutes for the yr.

    Your 2nd guess and comments are laughable if they were not so stupid and said with so much conviction from some one who knows so little.

    I am not sure who knows less you or your sidekick hack Lenny.

    They were getting killed the whole 4 minute OT!!!!!!Wow. and the stop to fix Henriks pad gave them an additional minute of rest… Your comments are astounding in your stupidity and the one thing I will give you is your stupidity is consistent…..

  72. disappointing, but devils wanted it way more in OT….

    I agree, this is a good thing that needed to happen… better the fluke goal than a gionta mini bomb or something….

    i am impressed with this playoff team right now, and tom renney.

    the battle looms

  73. Derek had it right. I’ve watched Rosy’s “HIGH STICKING PENALTY” 10 times and his stick doesn’t go more than waist high and he doesn’t touch anyone.

    If it was the refs appeasing Lamoriello for when he ripped into them, it was blatantly obvious. If it wasn’t appeasement, they are the worst officiating team I’ve seen in years.

  74. Stuart, you are the loser. You know nothing about the game or else you wouldn’t post the nonsense you do!

    Stick to working in that local Mexican restaurant in LA. I might even tip you…over!!!

  75. stuart

    “Girardi is a good not great d Man with 14 penalty minutes for the year.”

    Thanks for that brilliant analysis, along with the killer stat. What’s his favorite TV show while you’re at it? And you have the gall to call OTHER people stupid??

  76. Again, incredible that someone who thinks he knows ANYTHING about hockey cites 14 PIM by a defenseman who plays almost 20 minutes a game as a uniformly POSITIVE stat. Laughable.

  77. reginald dunlop on

    There is NO rule against what Avery was doing but there is a rule against spearing and smacking a guy in the head with your goalie glove…. Mike Hassenfratz is brutal he shouldnt be refereeing a section one modified game ….How the heck is he in the stanley cup playoffs….check the scoresheet he was personally responsible for most of the penalties??? against the Rangers….Rozsival needs to wake up and show a little heart and hate to say it but seems to be dragging Staal down…..He wasnt good tonight…..bad clear on elias goal…half speed cruise on pucks into our zone, little gun-shy….besides anyone notice how bad betts is…..??? dumb player….shouldve been called the other nite for that penalty and remember it was him taking the dumb penalty vs. buffalo in ot game 5 leading to afinoginov’s goal……..

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