The way this Game 1 has played out, it seemed like the Rangers were going to have to score one of these types of goals. They hadn't been able to establish much offensive zone time of their own, and with the Devils defense set up so well positionally, it was going to take something like a blast from the point with traffic in front of Martin Brodeur.
Yep. There ya go, Madison Square Garden. Dan Girardi's goal just 53 seconds into the third. Chris Kreider and Michael Del Zotto earned the assists. Derek Stepan probably earned one there too with the big time screen.
It's a rough break for the Devils after controlling much of the game offensively, and with the way the Rangers have kept most New Jersey chances to the perimeter with solid defensive positioning and a ton of shot blocks, the Devils are going to have to rely on a mistake from Henrik Lundqvist. That ... might not happen.