The Rangers, with home ice advantage, came out strong and physical in game one pushing New Jersey to their limits. Both veteran superstar goalies were on top of their game as there was no score in the first two periods of play. Dan Girardi, Chris Keider, and Artem Anisimov all scored in the third period to help the Rangers to a 3-0 win and 1-0 series lead. Game two was held at Madison Square Garden once again, this time the Devils who scored first on Ilya Kovalchuk’s slap shot midway through the first. The Rangers bounced back and took the lead with two goals of their own only to see the Devils’ Ryan Carter tie the game with two minutes left in the second period. But with barely three minutes in the final period, Devils star David Clarkson got one by Henrik Lundqvist to give NJ the win and tie up the series at one all.
Game three was held at the Prudential Center also known as the “Rock” in Newark, NJ on Saturday afternoon. After being criticized for their performance at home in game two, Rangers head coach John Tortorella knew his team must bring their A-game to this one. New York responded with a superb effort by shutting out New Jersey the entire game, stopping all 36 Devils shots in a 3-0 New York win to take a 2-1 series lead. Dan Girardi and Chris Kreider scored just two minutes apart early into the third, as Ryan Callahan put his stamp on the Rangers win with a goal of his own with just two minutes remaining.
Game four was right back at the Prudential Center on Monday night, with the Rangers looking to take a 3-1 series lead heading back home. The Devils scored first on a Bryce Salvador slap shot followed by a Travis Zajac wrist shot midway through the first to take a 2-0 lead. The Devils added another goal to start the third period to increase their lead to 3-0. The Rangers, who looked flat all night, managed to squeak out a goal midway through the period, only to see the Devils add an empty netter just three minutes later and seal the win. As of this writing, the series is tied 2-2, and headed back to Madison Square Garden for game five.