Morning Stanley Cup of Joe – May 17, 2012
NEW JERSEY 3, NEW YORK 2; Series tied 1-1
David Clarkson broke a 2-2 tie at 2:31 of the third period as the Devils evened the series with a 3-2 win. This was Clarkson’s third goal this playoff and all three have been game winners.
A countdown of the night’s best moments, from an oddity with a stubborn penalty box door to an incredible save by Martin Brodeur and a wrist shot by a Devil that will amaze you.
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NOTHING REGULAR ABOUT KREIDER
Chris Kreider scored at 12:19 of the second period to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead. With that goal, he tied Eddie Mazur’s record of four playoff goals prior to playing in a single regular season game. This was also Kreider’s sixth playoff point which ties him with Mazur and George McPhee for the most post season points before skating in a regular season game.
IT’S ALL IN THE WRIST
Ilya Kovalchuk fired a wrist shot into the top corner on the power play at 13:39 of the first period to open the scoring. After the goal, former teammate Zach Bogosiantweeted what everyone watching was thinking “What a shot by Kovalchuk. Nice to see old teammates doing well. One of the sickest shots in the game”.
DID YOU KNOW?
Marc Staal’s goal was the tenth by a Ranger defenseman in the playoffs, that’s five more than any other team has from their blueliners.
THEY SAID IT
“The NJ/NY Hockey playoff series is fun to watch!! A lot of action” – Former NFL player Michael Strahan
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Martin Brodeur made an incredible skate save off Marian Gaborik in the second period. . . Ryan McDonagh slid a puck through the crease that somehow stayed out of the net. . . Vince Vaughn, Matt Lauer, Kate Upton, Dennis Miller and James Lipton all were at the game. . .
SNEAK PEEK AT THURSDAY’S ACTION
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Phoenix @ Los Angeles, Game 3, 9:00 p.m., NBCSN, TSN, RDS
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