Though Henrik Lundqvist stoned them 43 times, it could be the clanging of the pipes that haunts the Devils for the next few days, as a few posts and crossbars were all that separated them from a losing streak-snapping win.
Instead, the Devils’ skid extends to six games and the Rangers climbed another two points in the standings Wednesday night.
Here’s a look around the Rangers and Devils media the morning after.
Morning Links: The Blueshirts
The Rangers clamped down in the third, despite a so-so performance to that point, writes Andrew Gross.
Jesse Spector’s chat with Brian Boyle after the game paints a mature picture of the club, with Boyle saying they didn’t need a lecture from John Tortorella (one they didn’t receive) to know they had to pick up their play after a dismal first period.
Rick Carpiniello thinks the Rangers' recent loose play might lead to a losing streak, among a few other observations.
Blueshirt Banter breaks down the victory in detail.
Morning Links: The Devs
The Devils felt they were a little unlucky last night, according to Tom Gulitti (and I tend to agree).
One positive the Devils are drawing is an increase in intensity, also per Gulitti.
In Rich Chere’s summary for the Star-Ledger, Jason Arnott says he didn’t swear at the officials when he earned an extra two minutes following a holding minor. Given the verbal abuse the refs endured from Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin in Wednesday night’s episode of HBO’s 24/7, that’s pretty surprising to see such a hair trigger in Arnott’s instance. Perhaps that’s another benefit of star power.
In Lou We Trust says the Devils outplayed the Rangers but still couldn’t get the W.