A Day in the NHL, Chase for the Cup: Devils Break Out and Tie Things With Rangers


Zach Parise was the star in New Jersey's Game 4 win last night. (Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE)

The Night That Was:

The New Jersey Devils looked at the Western Conference Final and saw the Phoenix Coyotes down 3-1, and knew that if they didn’t win Game 4 then they’d be in an identical situation. The Devils came out firing on Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers, and at 8:10 of the first Bryce Salvador got the home side on the board first with a 1-0 lead. Just under four minutes later, Travis Zajac got in on the act and made it a two-goal lead with his sixth of the playoffs. After a scoreless second period passed by, the Devils got the offense back in gear when Zach Parise scored his fifth of the playoffs 2:41 in on the power play. Soon after that though, things fell apart in a game that was heated all night. In the first period Ryan McDonagh fought Adam Henrique, which served as a preview for the third. Mike Rupp threw a hit on Peter Harrold in behind the Devils net, and then proceeded to shove Martin Brodeur. Stu Bickel and Ryan Carter got in on the festivities as well, while Pete DeBoer and John Tortorella went back and forth on the benches. Ruslan Fedotenko’s first of the playoffs made it 3-1 for the Devils, but with an empty net Parise sealed a 4-1 Devils win and a 2-2 series tie. Parise finished the night with three points while Salvador had a pair, and Brodeur made 28 saves for the victory.

Rangers 1 vs Devils 4 – Series tied 2-2

What’s on Tonight?

The Los Angeles Kings were not happy with letting the Coyotes off the mat in Game 4, but now have to close things out in the desert. Game 5 goes at 9pm Eastern with the Kings leading the series 3-1.

The Injury Bug

-Phoenix may be without Adrian Aucoin. Despite returning for Game 4, Aucoin was limited by injury and didn’t play in the third. He becomes a game-time decision.

News and Notes

-The Anaheim Ducks made a long-rumored signing official, as they inked Swedish goalie Viktor Fasth to a one-year, one-way, $1-million deal.

-The Carolina Hurricanes locked a piece of their blueline with a two-year, $3.6-million contract. The lucky recipient? Jamie McBain.

-In Buffalo, the Sabres were busy re-signing a blueliner as well, inking Alex Sulzer to a one-year, $725,000 deal.

-The Philadelphia Flyers inked two prospects to entry-level deals yesterday. Derek Mathers of the Peterborough Petes (OHL) and Andrew Johnston of the Humboldt Broncos (SJHL).

Playoff 3-Stars

1. Zach Parise, F: 2 G, 1 A, 1 PPG, +1

2. Bryce Salvador, D: 1 G, 1 A, +2, 21:26 TOI

3. Martin Brodeur, G: 28/29 svs, W

Topics: New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers

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