With the New Jersey Devils up 3-1 with less than four minutes to go in the first period, it appeared that they were on their way towards another statement win. However, the New York Rangers had other plans.
After their third goal of the game, the Devils were shut out the final 44 minutes of the game and Martin Brodeur had no answer the rest of the way, as the team allowed seven unanswered goals to fall in the first hockey game to be played at Yankee Stadium. Give credit to the Rangers for not giving up and fighting back to stay in the hockey game, but in reality, it was the Devils that seemed to have lost a lot of energy and focus. When the Rangers scored before the end of the first period to make it 3-2, it appeared that the fans were in for a duel between two rivals. Instead, it turned into a beat down.
The second period was not kind to the Devils, as they allowed four goals during that period. Pucks were bouncing in many different directions and Brodeur could not seem to get a handle on a save. No matter how much the goaltender tried to save a shot, it always appeared to elude him or take a strange bounce into the net. It got so bad for him that he was benched after that nightmare period and replaced with Cory Schenider, who did fair a bit better than his counterpart, but allowed the final nail in the coffin — the penalty shot goal to Derek Stepan.
This is going to be a tough loss to swallow for the Devils, but they should be able to bounce back. It is not over yet, but the loss certainly hurts.