May 16, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Derek Stepan (21) and New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (14) face off during the third period in game two in the Eastern Conference finals of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Devils won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

A Day in the NHL Chase for the Cup: Devils Steal Game 2 from the Rangers on Broadway

The Night that Was:

The New Jersey Devils wanted to make an impact last night, proving that this Eastern Conference Final wasn’t going to be one-sided, and that the New York Rangers wouldn’t just walk all over them. The Devils started things off on the right foot, when 13:39 into the first, Ilya Kovalchuk snapped one over the shoulder of Henrik Lundqvist on the power play, to give the Devils a 1-0 lead. Early in the second though, the Rangers grabbed the momentum back. Marc Staal started things off with his third of the playoffs 2:23 in, and ten minutes later Chris Kreider tipped his fourth past Martin Brodeur. The Devils were able to capitalize on the Devils inability to clear the zone though, and Ryan Carter tipped home the game-tying goal with under two minutes left in the second. Early in the third it was more of the same, as after the Rangers failed to clear, David Clarkson tipped home Adam Henrique’s shot for his third of the playoffs, a 3-2 lead and (eventually) the victory. Brodeur made 23 saves for the victory as Bryce Salvador picked up two assists in the victory, and Clarkson scored his second goal in three games and third game-winner of the playoffs.

Devils 3 vs Rangers 2 – Series tied at 1-1

What’s on Tonight?

The Phoenix Coyotes try to avoid a 3-0 hole against the Los Angeles Kings as their Western Conference Final shifts to L.A. The game gets underway at 9pm Eastern.

The Injury Bug:

-After missing Game 2 due to personal reasons, Colin Fraser is listed as a probable return for Game 3.

-Adrian Aucoin’s status remains questionable for Game 3.

News and Notes

-Martin Hanzal earned himself a one-game suspension for his hit from behind on Kings’ Captain Dustin Brown in Game 2. Hanzal will be eligible to return for Game 4 in L.A. on Sunday afternoon.

Playoff 3-Stars

1. Ilya Kovalchuk, F: 1 G, PPG, 3 SOG

2. Marek Zidlicky, D: 1 A, 1 PPA, +2

3. David Clarkson, F: 1 G, 1 GWG, +1, 3 SOG

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