NEW YORK, NY - MAY 23: Travis Zajac #19 celebrates his first period goal with Zach Parise #9 and Marek Zidlicky #2 of the New Jersey Devils in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 23, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Rangers Vs. Devils, Game 5: Ryan Carter Gives New Jersey The Win

The Devils jumped out to an early lead and the Rangers clawed their way back, but in the end, Ryan Carter's late third period goal pulled New Jersey within a win of the Finals.

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NHL Playoff TV Ratings: Devils Vs. Rangers Game 5 Sets New York Record

Another game between the Devils and Rangers, another record for NBC in the New York market.

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Stanley Cup Finals 2012: Why Hockey Fans Should Root For Devils Vs. Kings

The two most exciting teams in 2012 playoff hockey are the Kings and Devils. If you aren't a Rangers fan, you should be rooting for a Cup Finals featuring these two hard-forechecking teams.


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Different Script, Same Outcome: New Jersey Devils On Brink Of Cup Finals After Game 5 Win

It was perhaps their weakest effort of the Eastern Conference Final, but the Devils built a big lead, allowed it to slip away, then found a way to pull out the victory late in regulation. NJ now sits on the precipice of heading to their first Cup Final since 2003.

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New York Rangers Again Fail To Seize Control, Face Elimination After Game 5 Loss

Despite a three goal rally, the New York Rangers failed to take control of the Eastern Conference Final on home ice, and find themselves in a 3-2 series hole once again.

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Rangers Vs. Devils: Ryan Carter Goal Pulls New Jersey Within 1 Of Cup Finals

Much like the New York Rangers defied the odds with their two wins earlier in the Eastern Conference final, the New Jersey Devils did the same in Game 5. After jumping out to a massive 3-0 lead in the first 10 minutes of the game, the Devils promptly blew that lead, and it seemed as though the Rangers were going to grab this one in heroic fashion.

But Ryan Carter's goal at the 15:36 mark of the third period would be the game-winner for New Jersey, and it came completely against the flow of play in a game that New York utterly dominated after a John Tortorella timeout calmed them down in the first period.

By the end of the evening, Henrik Lundqvist only had to make 13 saves -- 12 on Devils shots, one on a Brad Richards shot -- in the hockey game. The Rangers simply outskated the Devils all night long, and when New Jersey was able to set up in New York's zone, they couldn't get anything going thanks to the Rangers' phenomenal defensive zone coverage.

It really is a game of bounces at this time of year. The Devils got plenty of bounces early in the game, and even though the Rangers frankly deserved to win the hockey game, New Jersey got the best of them when it mattered most. Now, they're a game away from the Stanley Cup finals.

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Watch Brad Richards Take A Shot ... On Henrik Lundqvist

This is Brad Richards of the New York Rangers taking a shot on goal. In that goal: New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. Oy.

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Maybe he was just trying to keep the guy company. After all, it had been quite some time since Lundqvist was tested by New Jersey's shooters, who had generated quite a bit of zone time but hadn't been able to get a shot on goal. They just weren't getting good looks at the net thanks to Ranger players jumping in every shooting and passing lane in sight.

In reality, Richards was clearly trying to clear this puck out to the neutral zone by wrapping it around the boards behind the net, but um ... he missed. Can you imagine if that broke the tie?

Stick with our StoryStream for full coverage of Devils vs. Rangers Game 5. For more on the Devils, check in with In Lou We Trust, and for more on the Rangers, check in with Blueshirt Banter. For complete coverage of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, stay tuned to SB Nation's dedicated NHL hub.

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Martin Brodeur's Gaffe Helps Rangers Tie Score, 3-3

Martin Brodeur isn't happy about this one, and that's probably some mix of being mad at himself and mad at the officials. But in reality, it's all the fault of the Devils goaltender. The puck hit his body, he went to cover it and he never grabbed control of it. Marian Gaborik poked at it through the pads, and we have a tie hockey game.

It'll be interesting to hear what Marty has to say about this one after the game, but he has nobody to blame. The whistle was never blown because he never had control, plain and simple. And for Gaborik, who was demoted down to the third line in the game because of his goal-scoring slump, the game-tying goal couldn't have come at a better time.

The Devils had a 3-0 lead 10 minutes into the game. It's 3-3 and we're just three minutes into the third. Let that soak in for a second as you let the relentless "Marty! Marty!" chants from the MSG crowd do the same.

Stick with our StoryStream for full coverage of Devils vs. Rangers Game 5. For more on the Devils, check in with In Lou We Trust, and for more on the Rangers, check in with Blueshirt Banter. For complete coverage of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, stay tuned to SB Nation's dedicated NHL hub.

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Devils Lucky To Survive Second Period With 3-2 Lead

The Rangers may have picked up a lucky bounce early in the second period to trim New Jersey’s lead to 3-2, but after a dominant period for New York, that’s probably a fair result.

The Rangers controlled the entire frame from start to finish, and it took New Jersey just about the entire 20 minutes before they put together a shift resembling the kind of play they’ve established over the course of this series.

We all thought this game was over when New Jersey jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first 10 minutes of the game, but if they let this pivotal swing contest slip away, it’s going to be utterly heartbreaking.

Stick with our StoryStream for full coverage of Devils vs. Rangers Game 5. For more on the Devils, check in with In Lou We Trust, and for more on the Rangers, check in with Blueshirt Banter. For complete coverage of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, stay tuned to SB Nation's dedicated NHL hub.

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NHL Explains Ryan Callahan Goal Call, Says Puck Deflected Off Leg

It certainly looked to us like Ryan Callahan kicked in his early second-period goal. The call was a pivotal moment in this Game 5 between the Devils and Rangers, and with the Eastern Conference final tied at two games apiece, an incorrect call by the officials could loom large.

The NHL's Situation Room upheld the call on the ice that it was a good goal, and they handed down a solid explanation via NHL.com just moments later:

At 0:32 of the second period in the Rangers/Devils game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Artem Anisimov's cross-ice pass deflected off Ryan Callahan's leg and into the Devils' net. According to rule 78.4 "if an attacking player has the puck deflect into the net, off his skate or body, in any manner, the goal shall be allowed." Good Goal New York.

It's not a goal if Callahan distinctly kicked the puck in the net, but what if he's making a kicking motion while the puck deflects off his shin? That could be a different story. What do you think? Was it the right call or the wrong call here?

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Ryan Callahan Pulls Rangers Within 1 Goal: Did He Kick It In?

Suddenly, we have a hockey game.

Just 32 seconds into the second period, Ryan Callahan redirected a puck on goal. It didn't hit Martin Brodeur or the goal post, and that means it went into the net. What was once a 3-0 Devils lead has suddenly been cut to 3-2 with plenty of time left in the hockey game.

One question, though: Did Callahan kick the puck into the goal? The officials ruled in favor of Callahan, claiming there was no distinct kicking motion, but let's take a closer look at the replay anyway.

In this first replay, watch the puck come in from the top left while keeping a close eye on Callahan's left skate.

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That certainly looks like a distinct kicking motion to me, but you can be the judge for yourself. In any event, the goal counts and it's just a 3-2 Devils lead now.

Stick with our StoryStream for full coverage of Devils vs. Rangers Game 5. For more on the Devils, check in with In Lou We Trust, and for more on the Rangers, check in with Blueshirt Banter. For complete coverage of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, stay tuned to SB Nation's dedicated NHL hub.

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John Tortorella Timeout A Turning Point For Rangers In First Period

Patrik Elias made the score 3-0 for the Devils about midway through the first period. In the latter half of that period, however, the Rangers came to play. A John Tortorella timeout immediately following the Devils' second goal seemed to be a bit of a turning point for New York, as they really started to assert themselves afterward.

From the timeout to the end of the period, New York took 14 attempts at the Devils' goal. One of them went in the goal behind Martin Brodeur. The Devils took just nine attempts at the Rangers' net, many coming in one shift late in the period.

New Jersey held off the Rangers' charge and survived to the end of the period, so it’ll be interesting to see how things hold up momentum-wise as the second begins.

Stick with our StoryStream for full coverage of Devils vs. Rangers Game 5. For more on the Devils, check in with In Lou We Trust, and for more on the Rangers, check in with Blueshirt Banter. For complete coverage of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, stay tuned to SB Nation's dedicated NHL hub.

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New York Rangers Score To Pull Within 2 Goals Of Devils

The Rangers needed a break. They got a break.

Marek Zidlicky tried dumping the puck deep into the New York zone, but the attempt was blocked down by Ruslan Fedotenko at the blue line. Fedotenko gathered the puck, dropped it at his feet and dished it up ice to a streaking Brandon Prust, fresh off suspension. Prust took advantage of a Bryce Salvador miscue while holding off Zidlicky on the back check. He threw the puck on net and Martin Brodeur simply couldn't handle it.

Pretty? Not really. But the crowd is energized at Madison Square Garden, and just as was the case in Game 3, it looks as though the Rangers have picked up some steam thanks to a timely John Tortorella timeout. Fortunately for New Jersey, however, they've still escaped the first period with a two-goal lead. They're still in full control.

Stick with our StoryStream for full coverage of Devils vs. Rangers Game 5. For more on the Devils, check in with In Lou We Trust, and for more on the Rangers, check in with Blueshirt Banter. For complete coverage of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, stay tuned to SB Nation's dedicated NHL hub.

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New Jersey Devils Blindside Rangers, Take Big First Period Lead

The Rangers may have felt as though this series was slipping past them in Game 4, when the Devils finally were able to break through with their relentless forecheck, but they were banking on the home crowd and a fresh start in Game 5 with the series tied 2-2.

Yet before they could blink, the Devils took over, scoring one goal two goals three goals in the time it took to write this sentence. (Actually, it was in the first 9:49 of the first period, but you get the point.) Stephen Gionta opened the scoring 2:43 into the game and less than two minutes later, this awful bounce of a goal probably sums up how the night's been going for New York.

It pinballed through traffic before bouncing off the skate of a Ranger defender and into the back of the net. An absolutely awful break, but on the scoresheet, it just looks like Patrik Elias' fourth goal of the playoffs. Travis Zajac's goal at the 9:49 mark of the period gave New Jersey a 3-0 lead, and while the Rangers have had their chances, they're clearly not getting the bounces thus far tonight.

John Tortorella joked on Tuesday that he'll need to pray to get his forwards to start producing offensively. Not so much of a joke anymore, is it?

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