Conference Finals Preview: Devils vs. Rangers

Season series: Rangers picked up seven points (3-2-1), Devils picked up six points (3-3-0).

Dec. 20: Rangers 4, Devils 1
Jan 31: Devils 4, Rangers 3 (SO)
Feb. 7: Devils 1, Rangers
Feb. 27: Rangers 2, Devils 0
Mar. 6: Devils 4, Rangers 1
Mar. 19: Rangers 4, Devils 2

Carl Hagelin led both teams with eight points (two goals, six assists).

Patrik Elias led the Devils with five points (two goals, three assists).

Ilya Kovalchuk has two goals and two assists in six games against the Rangers during the regular season.

Martin Brodeur was 3-3 in the season series, Henrik Lundqvist was 3-2. Both goalies had one shutout.

The Devils are 1-4 all-time against the Rangers in playoff meetings. Devils only series win came in the 2006 playoffs when they swept the Rangers.

Martin Brodeur is 9-13 all-time against the Rangers in the playoffs.

12 out of 14 Rangers’ playoffs games this year have been decided by one goal.

Devils-Flyers Game 1 on Sunday

The Devils and the Philadelphia Flyers will kick off the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Sunday at 3:00 pm est.

Game 1 will be televised on NBC.

Final (2 OT): Devils 3, Panthers 2

The Devils are moving on to the Eastern Conference Semifinals thanks to a double overtime goal scored by Adam Henrique.

The Facts

  • Adam Henrique scored at 3:47 of double overtime to win the series for the Devils.
  • Henrique also scored the first goal of the game almost fours hours before scoring the winner.
  • David Clarkson ended the night with two assists.
  • Anton Volchenkov earned his first point of the playoffs with an assist on Henrique’s first goal.
  • Martin Brodeur made 43 saves on 45 shots.
  • The Panthers outshot the Devils 45-36.
  • The Devils will need to work on their penlaty killing. They gave up two power play goals in the third period.
  • Zach Parise and Marek Zidlicky both finished with 6 shots in the game.
  • Three stars of the game as following: 1. Adam Henrique 2. Martin Brodeur 3.Jose Theodore

Numbers Don’t Lie: In-Game Edition

The team scoring the first goal in Game 7 has won 103 of the 141 games (73 percent), including 72 of the last 91 (79.0).

From ESPN Stats & Info

The Devils hold a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes.

Running Commentary: Devils 2-2 Panthers (2nd Overtime)

2nd Overtime
Second overtime is underway.

Adam Henrique scores at 3:47 to win the game and the series for the Devils.

Overtime
Devils on the power play after Kris Versteeg gets called for slashing at 3:21.

After missing for a couple of minutes, Bryce Salvador is back.

First overtime over with the score still tied at 2-2. Shots Panthers 45, Devils 35.

3rd period 
Florida Panthers put the puck in the back of the net, but the referee calls for a goalie interference.  Goal immediately waived off at 1:50.

Peter Harrold gets called for holding at 4:44 and Panthers get a 4-on-3 advantage.

Stephen Weiss cuts the Devils lead in half with a power play goal at 5:02.

Since the Panthers scored, the energy has shifted over to the home team.

Marek Zidlicky called for delay of game shooting puck over glass with 3:48 to go in the third period.

Marcel Goc scores a power play goal and the game its tied at 2-2.

Third period is over and Game 7 is going into overtime. Panthers outshot the Devils 18-6 in the third period. 33-26 overall for the Panthers.

2nd Period
Stephen Gionta scores to give the Devils a 2-0 lead. Peter Harrold and Ryan Carter get the assist at 9:15.

A quiet back-and-forth first 6 minutes of the 2nd period. Shots 1-1 in the second period.

Second period is over and the Devils hold a 2-0 lead. Shots 11-2 for the Devils in the middle frame.  Overall, shots are 20-14 for Devils.

If the Devils win, they’ll play the Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Rangers defeated the Ottawa Senators 2-1 in Game 7.

1st Period
Adam Henrique scores his first career playoff goal at 1:29 to give the Devils an early 1-0 lead. Anton Volchenkov and David Clarkson with the assists.

A nasty collision between Panther teammates John Madden and Toms Kopecky. Madden went off to locker room with towel over his face. He was bleeding.

Four on Four action after Bryce Salvador and Erik Gudbranson receive 2 minutes each for roughing at 6:04.

Devils with a 4-on-3 advantage after Dmitry Kulikov is off to the box with a hooking penalty at 7:16.

Another four on four for the next two minutes. Clarkson off for diving and Ed Jovanovski for holding. Both penalties at 10:39.

The Devils hold a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes. Shots are 12-9 for the Panthers.

Game 7 of ECQF: Devils vs. Panthers (8:30 pm)

The Devils return to sunny Florida for a hot result.

After forcing Game 7 with a 3-2 overtime win on Tuesday, the Devils play the Florida Panthers in the final game of this series with the winner taking it all.

TV: The game will be televised locally on MSG Plus. For any Devils’ fans outside of the New York Metro Area, the game will be televised on the NHL Network, and joined in progress on NBC Sports Network after the Rangers-Senators Game 7, but blocked out New Jersey/New York Area.

Martin Brodeur will make his 177th consecutive playoff start. On the other side of the rink, Jose Theodore will return to Panthers’ goal after missing Game 6 with a knee injury.

According to Star Ledger’s Rich Chere, Devils coach Pete De Boer said there will no lineup changes for Game 7.