The New York Rangers defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-0 to take a two-games-to-one lead in the National Hockey League’s Eastern Conference finals.
Dan Girardi, Chris Kreider and Ryan Callahan scored third-period goals yesterday at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, and Henrik Lundqvist made 36 saves in the New York goal for his NHL-best third shutout of the playoffs.
“That means so much to me to win every game here and it’s so important to me and to the group,” Lundqvist told reporters. “But on Monday, it’s not going to mean anything. You have to start over and earn that respect again, and hopefully you say the same thing after that game.”
New Jersey hosts Game 4 in the best-of-seven series tomorrow.
After two scoreless periods, the Rangers broke on top 3:19 into the third with a power-play goal as Girardi tipped Brad Richards’s shot past Martin Brodeur.
Kreider made it 2-0 less than two minutes later with another tip-in, and Callahan’s empty-net goal clinched the victory with 2:13 remaining in the game. Brodeur made 19 saves in the Devils goal.
The series winner plays the Los Angeles Kings or the Phoenix Coyotes for the Stanley Cup. The Kings lead the Western Conference finals 3-0 and can clinch their first trip to the title round since 1993 with a home win today.