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Dec 12, 2012 7:54pm
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The New Jersey Devils raced to an early 3-0 lead, saw is slip away, then broke
the tie late in the third period to claim a 3-2 series lead, winning Game Five
against the New York Rangers, 5-3, at Madison Square Garden. Danieal Manning Jersey . In the end, it was
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less than five minutes remaining in the third period, played 7:44 in Game Five,
less than any other Devil. Carter had eight points and was minus-12 in 65
regular season games and now has five points and a plus-5 rating in 16 playoff
games. Carter was set up for the winning goal by Stephen Gionta, who also scored
the first goal of the game. If Carter is an unlikely hero, he had to be
considered more likely than Gionta, a 28-year-old who played one regular season
game for the Devils and scored all of 16 points in 58 AHL games this year. With
a goal and an assist in Game Five, Gionta now has six points in 17 playoff
games. While the totals from Gionta and Carter seem modest, they are valauble
contributions from the fourth line. (Gionta, by the way, played 9:49,
second-lowest on the team, ahead of only Carter.) Once the Devils had
established a 3-0 lead before the midway point of the first period, it looked
daunting for the Rangers, but there is a benefit to falling behind by three
goals with more than 50 minutes remaining—there is more time to climb the
mountain when the deficit is established so early. Even when the Devils were
building their lead, they werent controlling the play and the Rangers outshot
them 28-16 for the game. The Devils had fewer than 16 shots on goal twice in 98
previous games this season, including a game against the Rangers at MSG on
February 27. With a sense of urgency, the Rangers clawed their way back into the
game, first with Brandon Prust sliding a backhand under a sprawling
Martin Brodeur, then goals in the first minute of both the second and third
periods, when Ryan Callahan deflected a pass in off his leg and then
Marian Gaborik banked a shot in off Brodeur after Brdoeur was caught out of
position when the puck got away from him into the corner where he couldnt play
it. Once the Rangers tied the game early in the third period, they continued to
hold the momentum, but couldnt take the lead, opening the door for Carter to
play the unlikely hero. While the Devils fourth liners made a difference, its
worth noting that Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise each finished with two points
after Parise iced the game with an empyt-net goal. Rangers defenceman
Michael Del Zotto had a tough night, finishing minus-3, while Brad Richards and
Mike Rupp were minus-2. Rangers centre Brian Boyle won 13 of 14 draws (92.9%).
When the Rangers had all the momentum, it looked like they might find a way to
win a series that has been largely controlled by the Devils, but after New
Jersey stole a win, in a game in which they were outplayed, the Blueshirts now
face a huge challenge, needing a win on the road in Game Six, just in order to
have a chance to win the series in Game Seven. One thing is certain, if
Henrik Lundqvist isnt at the top of his game (unlike Game Five, when he stopped
just 12 of 16 shots), then the Rangers wont have a chance. Scott Cullen can be
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first-place Washington Nationals when Andrelton Simmons scored on a throwing
error in the ninth inning Friday night. DETROIT —As no-hit bids go, this one
was proceeding almost predictably. Justin Verlander was commanding his pitches
brilliantly on the mound. An overmatched Pittsburgh lineup looked powerless
against him. Then, with only two outs separating the Detroit ace from yet
another rare achievement, Verlander threw a breaking ball just off the outside
corner, and Josh Harrison hit a soft line drive to centre field for a single.
“Would I rather it be hard-hit? Of course,” Verlander said. “But a hits a hits a
hit.” Harrisons ninth-inning single broke up Verlanders latest no-hit bid, but
the powerful right-hander was brilliant again for the Tigers, striking out 12 in
a 6-0 victory over the Pirates on Friday night. Verlander allowed two walks and
settled for his first career one-hitter. He nearly became the sixth major
leaguer to throw at least three no-hitters. The Pirates havent been no-hit since
1971, when Bob Gibson did it against them for St. Louis. In fact, Pittsburgh has
been no-hit only four times in franchise history. Verlander fell just short of
the third no-hitter in the majors already this season. Philip Humber pitched a
perfect game for the Chicago White Sox at Seattle on April 21, and Jered Weaver
tossed a no-hitter for the Los Angeles Angels against Minnesota on May 2.
Verlander no-hit Toronto on May 7, 2011. His other no-hitter came June 12, 2007,
against Milwaukee. “I felt pretty good. I dont know if it was the best. Its hard
to compare some of the others to this one just because theyre different,”
Verlander said. “Im a different pitcher now than I was last year even, or
especially four or five years ago with the first one I had. But I felt like I
pitched really well.” Four of the five pitchers with at least three no-hitters
are in the Hall of Fame: Nolan Ryan (seven), Sandy Koufax (four), Bob Feller
(three) and Cy Young (three). Larry Corcoran, an ambidextrous pitcher who won
177 games from 1880-85, is the other one. The 29-year-old Verlander, last years
AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner, really brought the crowd to life in the eighth
with three straight strikeouts. Casey McGehee went down looking at a 98 mph
fastball, then Nate McLouth struck out swinging on a pitch that hit 99.
Verlander reached 100 mph with his first pitch to Clintt Barmes, and after
getting him to chase an outside pitch for strike three, he walked slowly to the
Detroit dugout and down the steps closest to home plate on the third-base side
—while teammates used another entrance at the opposite end. Duane Brown Jersey. In the ninth,
Michael McKenry grounded to shortstop Jhonny Peralta on a 3-2 offering, and
Verlander got ahead of Harrison before he reached for a 1-2 slider and sent a
clean single up the middle that Peralta couldnt get to. “I was so amped to hit
his 100 mph fastball that I didnt even know where the ball was going,” Harrison
said. “He never threw me a fastball in that at-bat, but I finally got a pitch I
could put my bat on.” Verlander (5-1) saw the ball drop in shallow centre and
bent backward on the mound, knowing how close he came. He settled for his sixth
career shutout and 16th complete game. He threw 109 pitches. The sellout crowd
at Comerica Park gave Verlander a big ovation and he quickly finished off the
Pirates with a pair of groundouts. After the Tigers lined up for high-fives,
Verlander saluted fans with a wave. This was his first one-hitter, although he
allowed one hit in eight innings against the Los Angeles Angels last season, one
of several close calls to go with the no-hitter against the Blue Jays. After
rolling to the AL Central title in 2011 and adding Prince Fielder in the
off-season, Detroit was just 18-20 entering Friday nights game. Against the
Pirates, the Tigers provided a glimpse of what Motown was hoping to see this
season. Miguel Cabrera and Fielder hit back-to-back RBI doubles in the first off
Charlie Morton (2-4). Delmon Young added a solo homer in the fourth, and
Don Kellys run-scoring single later that inning made it 4-0. Then there was
Verlander. “With him, anytime like the fifth, sixth inning, with his stuff, you
think it could happen,” Detroit catcher Alex Avila said. “His stuff was better
today than it was last year during his no-hitter.” NOTES: Plate umpire CB
Bucknor was shaken up in the first when he was hit around the collarbone by a
wild pitch. ... Detroits Brennan Boesch extended his hitting streak to 11 games.
... Detroits Drew Smyly (1-0) takes the mound against Pittsburghs A.J. Burnett
(1-2) on Saturday. ’ ’ ’ 

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