Devils vs. Rangers: New York Will Ride Henrik Lundqvist to Stanley Cup Finals

May 19th, 2012 by Chris Trapasso Leave a reply »
Henrik Lundqvist has been the best player on the New York Rangers through three games of the Eastern Conference Finals, and his play alone gives team the a fantastic opportunity to advance to their first Stanley Cup Final since 1994.

He just completed his second shutout of the series, stopping 36 shots in a 3-0 Game 3 win in New Jersey, despite that the Devils have been the hungrier club overall, out-shooting the Rangers in Games 1 and 3. 

Rangers rookie call-up Chris Kreider has scored in every game of the series, but New York has relied upon blocked shots, and most importantly, stonewall efforts from their Vezina-candidate goaltender to take a 2-1 series lead. 

New Jersey has been a defensive-minded team for years due to having legendary goalie Martin Brodeur between the pipes, and now, the Rangers have adopted a similar style in these playoffs. 

Lundqvist is an elite goaltender and they've intelligently played to win games 2-1 or 3-2 by being more conservative on offense, limiting odd-man rushes and prime scoring chances for the Devils. 

In their most recent and momentum-shifting win, New York's offe ...

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