Oh, wait? You mean you were expecting a series between the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers to feature goals? Silly you.
In all seriousness, the Rangers called timeout with 6:46 left in the second period after a long stretch of the Devils doing what they do best: Establishing a strong, relentless forecheck that’s tough for even the best defenses to stop. New Jersey’s wearing down the Rangers in their own end, and just as Philadelphia found out in Round 2, it’s really tough to stop New Jersey once they get deep in your zone.
The Rangers need to halt the Devils before they’re able to get in on the forecheck, and that means winning the initial puck battle. New York’s blocking a ton of shots and that’s been a solid formula for them all year, but if they’re going to play the entire game in their own end, they’re probably not going to win a seven-game series.