Momentum is a very real thing. Often times we get confused and think it has some sort of predictive value (it does not), but it is a real thing, and it can change on a dime. The Devils had it all throughout the first period and early in the second, but from the moment Alexei Ponikarovsky stepped into the penalty box for interference 1:23 into the second, it’s been all New York.
A strong five-minute surge from the Rangers has resulted in a whole lot of nothing on the scoreboard, and that has to be concerning for desperate New York, because we all know the momentum can shift right back in New Jersey’s favor at any second here. A Pete DeBoer timeout might just be what the doctor ordered, in fact.
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