Rangers Rally From 3-0 Hole, But Devils Prevail [VIDEO]
The New Jersey Devils scored three goals in the first ten minutes of Wednesday night’s Game 5 at MSG before the Rangers came all the way to tie it in the third period. But, Rochester native Stephen Gionta setup Ryan Carter in front of the net to put the Devils ahead for good in a 5-3 decision that has New Jersey just one game away from the Stanley Cup Finals.
Gionta lit the lamp less than three minutes into the game to put New Jersey up 1-0. Patrick Elias was credited with a goal that deflected off a Ranger skate and by Henrik Lundqvist, and Travis Zajac followed with a goal as the Devils took a commanding 3-0 advantage.
Brandon Prust responded with his first goal of the playoffs later in the period to put New York on the board. Ryan Callahan scored on a puck that deflected of his skate and past Martin Brodeur in the second, before the Rangers tied the game on a loose puck that left Brodeur out of position in the third. The puck was in the ‘no touch’ zone, and as the Devils net-minder retreated toward his goal, Marion Gaborik flipped a puck at the net, which bounced off Brodeur, the post, and then Brodeur’s skate before crossing the line (video).
But, with under five minutes to play, Gionta fed a pretty pass through the crease to Carter giving the Devils a 4-3 lead. Zack Parise added an empty netter to seal the victory, giving his team a chance to close out the Rangers in Game 6 on Friday night at the Prudential Center in Jersey.
Lundqvist stopped just 12 of the 16 shots he faced.
Brodeur saved 25 of New York’s 28 shots.
Highlights courtesy of NHL.com