And with that, the Devils are on the board. New Jersey's aggressive forecheck drew all five Rangers defenders toward one side of the ice, but they all forgot about Ilya Kovalchuk, the most dangerous player in red, black and white.
Whoops. It left an easy out for the Devils: Get the puck up top to No. 2, Marek Zidlicky, and then feed it across to Kovalchuk, who cut down low unhindered and blasted it up over the shoulder of Henrik Lundqvist for the Devils' first goal of the series.
The Devils have taken over the first period of Game 2, much like they did in the first 40 minutes of Game 1, but the big difference is that the Devils, you know, have a goal to show for it this time around. If they keep up this forecheck and this type of dominance in the offensive end of the ice, it's going to be tough for the Rangers to generate any offensive pressure of their own.