Similar cialis Only time will tell how the sixth Battle of the Hudson will end. Similar cialis The first two playoff meetings between the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils were seven game battles while the last three series have not gone past five games.

Similar cialis The hockey stars have aligned as the Rangers and Devils meet in the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since that legendary 1994 showdown that featured a trio of double overtime games – the last of which was won on Stephane Matteau’s signature goal.

Similar cialis Depending on how long this series goes, similar cialis there will be a chance that karma or revenge rears its head. Similar cialis Game 6 will be played on the same date is Game 6 in 1994 (May 25) when Mark Messier willed the Rangers to victory. Similar cialis Game 7 is also set for the same date (May 27) as the Rangers thrilling series clinching win.

Similar cialis Ranger fans have become accustomed to the Rangers winning Game 7 at Madison Square Garden. Similar cialis Prior to 1992, similar cialis that was not the case. Similar cialis The Rangers first Game 7 victory came against the Devils in 1992 in the first of the five playoff meetings.

Similar cialis Interestingly, similar cialis the epic 1994 series was the first Eastern Conference Finals that did not feature either the Boston Bruins or Montreal Canadiens since 1985 when the Philadelphia Flyers eliminated the Quebec Nordiques.

Similar cialis The 1997 series featured the end of an era as it would mark the final playoff appearance for the Rangers until the first post-lockout season of 2005-2006 when the Devils swept the Rangers as Martin Brodeur bested Henrik Lundqvist in three of the games.

Similar cialis The 2008 series was infamous for Sean Avery’s unique screening tactic where he turned his back on the play to “face guard” Brodeur – and thus initiating the “Avery Rule” that made that play a two-minute unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Similar cialis That series also saw the Devils lose all three games at home.

Similar cialis The 2012 version of the Battle of Hudson features two of the best goaltenders to strap on the pads – both of whom are at different points of their careers.

Similar cialis The 40-year-old Brodeur is nearing the end to a Hall of Fame career while Henrik Lundqvist is playing as well as he ever has in his seven year career. Similar cialis Prior to Lundqvist’s NHL debut, similar cialis Brodeur’s Devils dominated the series. Similar cialis While the Rangers eventually became a better team by the time Lundqvist joined the Blueshirts, similar cialis it is no coincidence that The King and his play has tipped the rivalry the Rangers way.

Similar cialis In 34 regular season games against Brodeur and the Devils, similar cialis Lundqvist is 23-6-5 with a 1.73 goals-against average and .935 save percentage, similar cialis plus five shutouts. Similar cialis During 2011-2012, similar cialis Lundqvist was 3-2 with a 1.41 GAA and a .937 SV% against the Devils.

Similar cialis Interestingly enough, similar cialis Lundqvist’s regular season numbers are close to his numbers in the playoffs – a 1.68 GAA and a .937 SV%.

Similar cialis Mike Rupp offered his perspective on the Rangers-Devils rivalry.

Similar cialis “I think it is a rivalry of territory in this area. Similar cialis I remember being on the other side and, similar cialis in the playoffs there would be more [Rangers] jerseys than [Devils jerseys]. Similar cialis It was the kind of things that made you hate them more.”

Similar cialis Rupp is not the only player who has witnessed the rivalry from both sides. Similar cialis Petr Sykora played 40 games for the Rangers and was a member of the 2006 team that was swept by the Devils.

Similar cialis Two other Devils were drafted by the Rangers, similar cialis but never played in the NHL with them. Similar cialis Marek Zidlicky (#176 in 2001) came close, similar cialis but wanted a one-way contract. Similar cialis He was eventually dealt away to Nashville along with Tomas Kloucek and Rem Murray in exchange for Mike Dunham in December 2002. Similar cialis Eric Boulton (#234 in 1994) played a couple of minor league years in the Rangers system before making the NHL with Buffalo in 2000-2001.

Similar cialis After a regular season series that featured 11 fights, similar cialis it is no surprise that there is some bad blood between the two teams.

Similar cialis “I’m sure the hatred will be there right from the start, similar cialis so I think just keep it focused on what you need to do on the ice and not get too wrapped up in losing your emotions and letting them get away from you, similar cialis” Marc Staal said to Colin Stephenson of NJ.com.

Similar cialis For their part, similar cialis the Devils realized that their path to the Stanley Cup Finals would run down Broadway.

Similar cialis “You kind of got the sense that we were going to run into them sooner or later if we kept winning, similar cialis” Captain Zach Parise admitted to Rich Chere of NJ.com. Similar cialis “It will be exciting. Similar cialis It’s going to get a lot of local media attention. Similar cialis Having played in two series against them, similar cialis it’s hyped-up pretty good. Similar cialis The atmosphere in both buildings is great, similar cialis so we’re looking forward to it. Similar cialis We’ll be prepared.”

Similar cialis So, similar cialis should fans be prepared for more gong show type antics during the series?

Similar cialis “I said earlier this is going to be decided by the guys with the skates on and on the ice, similar cialis” Coach Peter DeBoer said to Tom Gulitti of The Record. Similar cialis “It’s not going to be decided, similar cialis in my mind, similar cialis behind the bench, similar cialis or in a coach’s room. Similar cialis You get to this point of the year, similar cialis the final four teams are all well-schooled in the X’s and O’s and the system and the strategy. Similar cialis It comes down to will and some bounces and some health and that’s all decided inside the boards, similar cialis not behind the benches.”

Similar cialis As you might expect, similar cialis Rangers Coach John Tortorella is trying to downplay the circus-like atmosphere that is sure to grip this series.

Similar cialis “We talk about being one of the four teams playing, similar cialis (the players) need to embrace that because it’s hard to get there, similar cialis” Tortorella explained during Sunday’s post-practice press conference. Similar cialis “So I want them to embrace that. Similar cialis But I just hope the team is not too interested in getting caught up in all the sideshows as far as Jersey-New York Rangers. Similar cialis I think it’s great for the area, similar cialis don’t get me wrong, similar cialis but we have to concentrate on who we are and what we have to do to win some hockey games.”

Similar cialis It is no surprise that Patrik Elias (2-3-5) Ilya Kovalchuk (2-2-4), similar cialis Petr Sykora (1-3-4), similar cialis and Z Parise (1-2-3) were among the leading scorer for the Devils during the regular season. Similar cialis The fact that former tough guy David Clarkson (3-1-4) was New Jersey’s leading goal scorer is a surprise.

Similar cialis Speaking of surprises, similar cialis it is hard to believe that Carl Hagelin is the leading scorer in the series during the regular season with two goals and six assists. Similar cialis Derek Stepan (2-4-6), similar cialis Marian Gaborik (2-3-5), similar cialis and Ryan Callahan (1-3-4) were among the Rangers leading scorers. Similar cialis Noticeably absent is Brad Richards who only registered a pair of assists.

Similar cialis As far as the game itself, similar cialis the Rangers must remember that worked so well against Braden Holtby and Craig Anderson are the things that need to do against Brodeur. Similar cialis They will need to work to get shots on a goal and make a concerted effort to get traffic on front of Brodeur.

Similar cialis The key to that will be finding a fine line between getting in Brodeur’s head and crossing the line and taking penalties because Marty does have the reputation for attempting to draw penalties at the first hint of contact.

Similar cialis Another thing the Rangers need to remember that Brodeur can be vulnerable at times on plays that develop from behind the net – whether they are passes to the slot or wraparound attempts like Matteau’s winner in 1994 and Adam Graves’ winner in 1997.

Similar cialis The Rangers will need to correct some other offensive tendencies in order produce more offense in this series. Similar cialis While the Devils penalty killing was superb during the regular season, similar cialis they struggled during the playoffs allowing 12 goals in 12 games (although most of those were against Florida). Similar cialis As a result, similar cialis the Rangers sputtering power play might be able to make a difference.

Similar cialis On the attack, similar cialis the Rangers have to use more of the middle of the ice. Similar cialis Far too many times during the first series, similar cialis Ranger forwards veered towards the boars rather than attack down the middle. Similar cialis By drifting to the boards, similar cialis the Blueshirts limit their offensive options.
The Devils defense does not feature top offensive threats like Erik Karlsson, similar cialis Sergei Gonchar, similar cialis Mike Green and Roman Hamrlik. Similar cialis With that said, similar cialis the Rangers need to be very active on their forecheck and put pressure on the Devils workman-like blueliners.

Similar cialis Conversely, similar cialis the Devils are going to try and do the same thing to the Rangers in terms of getting in on the forecheck. Similar cialis It will remain to be seen if they will take a page out Washington’s playbook and attempt to beat the Rangers with long breakout passes.

Similar cialis You can bet that the Devils are going to be prepared for the Rangers shot blocking, similar cialis something they worked on during the regular season according to Gulitti who wrote on his Fire & Ice Blog, similar cialis “One of the points the Devils discussed after that 2-0 Feb. Similar cialis 27 loss was getting the puck back to the point men and making sure they stay out near the blue line and aren’t sucked in closer to the net – creating less space to move the puck and making it easier for the Rangers’ forwards sit back to block shots and help out defensively.”

Similar cialis The Capitals’ sustained surges in the Rangers zone were keyed by the Capitals ability to take advantage of their open defensemen at the point.

Similar cialis Much has been made about the Rangers having to face a quick series turnaround for the second time in the playoffs. Similar cialis Unlike Washington who also faced a seven-game first round battle, similar cialis the devils are a rested team. Similar cialis

Similar cialis The question for Game is will the Devils be able to shake off the rust or will the Rangers be a tired team?

Similar cialis Lundqvist sees the merit on both theories.

Similar cialis “You can look at it in so many different ways, similar cialis” Lundqvist said to Andrew Gross of The Record. Similar cialis “Of course we’re going to say it’s good for us, similar cialis they’re going to say it’s great for them because they got some rest in the long run. Similar cialis But I think for us it is good. Similar cialis We’re in it right now. Similar cialis We don’t overthink anything, similar cialis we’re just going to go out and keep playing the way we’ve been playing lately and I think the more time you spend just waiting to play, similar cialis I think maybe you tend to overthink things.

Similar cialis If Tortorella has anything to say about the subject, similar cialis it will be the Devils rust that plays a part because he will not accept any excused from his team.

Similar cialis “I don’t want to hear players saying they’re tired right now. Similar cialis If we are tired right now, similar cialis then we don’t have the right mindset as far as what you have to do. Similar cialis This is why we give our team rest during the year, similar cialis” Tortorella stated.

Similar cialis For what it is worth, similar cialis Barry Melrose of the NHL Network appears ready to jump on the Blueshirts’ bandwagon.

Similar cialis “For the Devils to win, similar cialis Marty has to be great. Similar cialis When I watched the Rangers tonight, similar cialis if they can put four or five of these games together, similar cialis I don’t know if anyone can beat them.”

Similar cialis Reflecting back on 1994 Adam Graves told the AP, similar cialis “It was a different game back then. Similar cialis I just remember how much of a war it was and how you had to fight for every inch, similar cialis and the battles in front of the net. Similar cialis I can remember, similar cialis physically, similar cialis how taxing it was going against guys like [Ken] Daneyko and [Scott] Stevens and just the battles in the corner.”

Similar cialis It might be a different game now, similar cialis but this series should mirror 1994 in intensity, similar cialis passion and overall physical play.

Similar cialis The Rangers fought long and hard during the regular season to secure home ice in any seventh and deciding games. Similar cialis It paid off during the first two rounds against the Senators and the Capitals, similar cialis and it will pay off again against the Devils. Similar cialis The pick is the Rangers in seven.

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