Friday, May 18, 2012

A Look Back; Game 3 of the '94 Eastern Conference Finals

The 2012 Eastern Conference Finals between the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils is tied 1-1 as the series heads back to Jersey. The two teams were in the same position in the 1994 Conference Finals, and Game 3 was a game to remember.

With the series tied, Game 3 was another thriller that ended after multiple overtimes. Adam Graves opened the scoring early in the first period and gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead.  The Devils tied the game soon after the Rangers took the lead, and the first period ended a one apiece.

The Rangers took the lead again in the second period when Steve Larmer scored on the power play. The lead was short lived and the Devils tied the game once again, and the game remained tied through regulation.

In the first overtime, it was all about the goalies. Both Mike Richter and Martin Brodeur made key saves, and kept the game tied.

In the second overtime, the Rangers Stephane Matteau found himself in front of the net in the middle of a scramble for the puck. Matteau took two swipes at the puck and on the second swipe he backhanded the puck by the left pad of Brodeur.

The Rangers won the game 3-2 in double overtime after blowing two one goal leads in the first and second periods. Matteau is famous for his Game 7 heroics, but his Game 3 winner put the Rangers back in control of the series.

The Rangers outplayed the Devils the whole game and managed to get 50 shots on Martin Brodeur, while Mike Richter faced only 31 shots for the game.

The Rangers took a 2-1 series lead, and took back home ice from the Devils.

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