The Rangers landed a convincing first punch in their Eastern Conference Finals showdown. The Rangers blanked their rivals, 3-0 behind goals from Dan Girardi, Chris Kreider, and an empty net special from Artem Anisimov. Henrik Lundqvist bested Marty Brodeur in the battle of the goalies. The Rangers out shot the Devs, 28-21, holding the Devils to just four shots in the third period. The Rangers have won with stifling third period defense thus far so expect that to continue.
We all know that this series will come down to goal tending and defensive play. The Rangers have superior talent in both facets and should advance to their first Stanley Cup Final since 1994.