NEWARK, NJ - MAY 19: Chris Kreider #20 of the New York Rangers celebrates his third period goal as Martin Brodeur #30 of the New Jersey Devils reacts in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Prudential Center on May 19, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Rangers Use Familiar Blueprint, Grab Game 3 Victory Over Devils

Dan Girardi and Chris Kreider scored in the third period en route to a 3-0 Rangers win over the Devils in Game 3. Sound familiar?

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New Jersey Devils See Frustrating Similarities In Losses To Rangers

New Jersey lost their second game of their Eastern Conference Final series to the Rangers, and in an eerily similar fashion to the first. While some aspects to their effort improved, the Devils have to find a way to get pucks past Henrik Lundqvist.


Devils Vs. Rangers, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 3: Henrik Lundqvist Leads New York To Shutout Win

The New York Rangers reclaimed home-ice advantage on Saturday afternoon with a 3-0 Game 3 win over the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center. The Rangers started slow but the Devils could not capitalize on a slew of scoring chances early. Henrik Lundqvist was amazing yet again, and the Rangers killed off five penalties to seal the shutout win.

Dan Girardi finally broke the scoreless tie with a power play goal for the Rangers. The score was set up by the face-off win of Brad Richards and the puck went right out to Girardi near the blue line. The Rangers' defenseman drifted to his right and rocketed a shot back across the stick side of Martin Brodeur for the first goal of the game.

The Rangers then took a 2-0 lead when rookie Chris Kreider scored his fifth goal of the playoffs off a deflection in front of Brodeur. Stationed at the blue line, Ryan McDonagh stepped in and took a bounce off the boards and threw it to the front of the net. Kreider came dashing across the front of Brodeur, who had no chance to stop it off the re-direct. Ryan Callahan added a late empty-netter to remove all doubt.

Lundqvist finished the game 36 saves for his second shutout of the series. He certainly kept his team in it during a rocky start and put them ahead 2-1 in the series. Game 4 is set for Monday night in Newark.

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Devils Vs. Rangers Score: Game 3 Is Officially A Mirror Image Of Game 1

Here’s what we in the aftermath of Game 1 in this series:

After playing a scoreless first two periods, the New York Rangers scored three times in the third period to take Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Dan Girardi got the scoring underway with a goal just 53 seconds into the third period. Chris Kreider scored his third goal of the playoffs with 8:00 minutes play before Artem Anisimov capped the scoring off with an empty-net goal with 1:27 left in the game.

Now, Game 3: Girardi has a goal early in the third. Kreider scored 5:16 into the third to give New York a 2-0 lead. Just waiting on that Anisimov empty-netter now.

But unlike Game 1, the Devils haven’t been sitting back after giving up the Kreider goal. They’re getting pucks in on goal, and New Jersey has a power play to work with midway through the third. Safe to say they need a goal here.


Patience Pays Off For Devils And Clarkson As Winger Flourishes

Signed by New Jersey as an undrafted free agent in 2005, David Clarkson took the long road to the NHL. Nearly seven years later, the rugged power forward is a big key to the club's chances to qualify for the Cup Final.

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