New York, N.Y. - The New Jersey Devils lost and were eliminated by the New York Rangers today in a 4-1 loss.
The Devils got in a hole early when Ryan Callahan got the puck poked to him by a Devils defenseman and then putting it into a vacant net at 00:34. The play was going the opposite way and Callahan got a lucky bounce, as usual.
The Devils had 10 penalty minutes in the first period. Ryan Carter got a two minute roughing call that turned into a double-minor for no apparent reason. Pete DeBoer was livid on the bench along with Dave Barr.
So play goes on, the Devils kill that penalty, but get another penalty at 8:44 for Matt D’Agostini was called for holding the stick after he was dazed from getting hit. D’Agostini looked to be clueless of where he was as Dan Girardi’s stick was caught under his arm. A penalty, yes, but I do not think it was on purpose.
After a deflection goal by Derek Stepan, Carter got called for tripping when the Ranger player only lost his edge. Another bad call.
Here’s to sum up the rest of the game: Taylor Pyatt goal at 11:56, Unsportsmanlike penalty that turned into a power play goal by Ryan Callahan, more bad calls, Andrei Loktionov goal, and Aaron Asham game misconduct with 17 seconds remaining.
The referee that made all of the bad calls was Chris Rooney. Rooney is notorious for favoring teams and blowing games. He also has many websites with all of the bad calls he makes, just search his name. I never like to blame refs, they are an easy scapegoat for the team losing, but this time it got in the heads of the Devils and they could not play the game to their best ability.
The Devils are now officially out of the playoffs, but play again Tuesday night against the Montreal Canadiens at the Prudential Center.
Attendance - 17,200
1st Star - Ryan Callahan
2nd Star - Brad Richards
3rd Star - Derek Stepan