New York Rangers Late Comeback Against New Jersey Devils Gives Them Spare Life

March 27th, 2010 by Doug Gausepohl Leave a reply »
Sixteen-and-a-half seconds.

That's how close the Rangers were to losing a 3-2 decision to the rivals across the Hudson River, the New Jersey Devils, on Thursday night.

But more than just the game was on the line that night. 

They were losing any realistic shot of making an extremely late playoff push, with the eighth-seeded Boston Bruins five points ahead of them, plus an extra game in hand for Boston.  

But then one of the more under-achieving Rangers of the past few years, captain Chris Drury, slammed one past Martin Brodeur off a fantastic pass by Erik Christensen behind the net with less than 17 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime, and secure themselves a point.

In the shootout, Erik Christensen would also score the first and only goal of the shootout, in a goal that needed to be reviewed upstairs after it hit about every square inch of the posts before finally touching nylon.

Henrik Lundqvist held down the Rangers' crease for all three Devils' attempts to secure the extra point in New York's favor.

And just like that, the Rangers are alive.

Barely bre ...

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