10:48 p.m. â€” 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. â€” We were eating dinner downstairs before the game â€” over by where they let the elephants into the Garden for the circus â€” 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. â€” 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. â€” 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. â€” So Glen, where’s that new contract?
7:52 p.m. â€” 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. â€” 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. â€” 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. â€” Now that’s a cross-check.
7:19 p.m. â€” 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. â€” Lines back to normal. Must’ve been looking for early matchup.
7:11 p.m. â€” 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. â€” Ranger lineup is the same. Devils is same, minus D-man Andy Greene.