The New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils played a crazy game five on Wednesday night. The game was played at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Rangers actually played their best first period of the series but were losing 3-0 in the first ten minutes of the game. The Rangers were able to score a goal and cut it to 3-1 after one period. The Rangers scored a goal in the first minute of the second to make it 3-2 and that is how the second period ended. The Rangers tied the game in the first 17 seconds of the third period. It would remain 3-3 until the final four minutes of the game and then the Devils scored a goal as they threw it in front. They added an empty net goal and the Devils take a 3-2 series lead home for game six on Friday night.
Henrik Lundqvist has been good all playoffs long and has two shutouts in this series but the last couple of games he hasn’t been very good. The Rangers can’t win without Lundqvist being on top of his game. If the Rangers are going to find a way to come back and win they are going to need their goalie playing his best. If Lundqvist can get it back and be what he has been, then the Rangers can win game six and go home for game seven again.
The Rangers did show great heart and guts in game five to get back in the game but the bottom line is that they lost the game. I would expect Lundqvist to come back and have a great game. I think the Rangers can build off of this game and play a very good game six. If the Rangers play the way they did in this game they will win the game and have a chance to once again win a game seven at home.
The Devils have been the better team for most of the series but for most of this game the Rangers were the better team. The Rangers came very close a couple of times to taking a 4-3 lead and if that happened, they probably would of won the game. In hockey it could be some good or bad bounces and the game looks a lot different. The Rangers didn’t get the good bounce to take a 4-3 lead and ended up allowing a goal late and lost the game. It should be a great game six and I expect this one to be very low scoring and tight throughout.