New Jersey Devils coach Brent Sutter made a claim that while everyone doubts the Devils ability to score, he knows that ability is in them, and they simply need to unleash it. Tonight, his words came to life as the Devils find a way to put two pucks past Ranger netminder Henrik Lundqvist, two of which were power play goals.
Every game has been tough, close, and exciting. In games 1 and 2, the Devils could not seem to catch a break with unusual calls and just not getting a bounce to go their way.
Even the New York Rangers would bite their tongue when speaking about Sunday night’s matchup, because even they knew that these games were too close for a comfortable remainder of the series.
Now this is not to say unusual things didn’t occur during Game 3.
The Devils overtime goal was scored by John Madden, but the puck was shot, hit off of Marc Stall’s skate, and went between the legs of Lundqvist.
Overall pest Sean Avery will be the cause of a new “rule.” During a 5-on-3 man advantage for the Rangers, Sean Avery planted himself in front of Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, faced Brodeur, and waved his stick and arms in front of him to distract him. The end result was a power play goal by Avery. This is something that no one has ever seen including the officials, players, coaches, etc. None of the Devils would comment on this either, but Devils coach Brent Sutter hinted that he was warned after the stunt and will most likely be penalized with an Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalty if he does that again. Avery was not available for comment after the game.
Zach Parise, less two teeth, was able to score a Power Play goal by feathering the puck through Lundqvist’s legs on a rebound.
The two teams will have a break of two days before meeting again at the Garden on Wednesday.