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(Sports Network) – The New Jersey Devils will try to even the best-of-seven
Eastern Conference finals tonight, when they host the New York Rangers in a
pivotal Game 4 at the Prudential Center. Ryan Tannehill Jersey . Join our Game Night
Blog at 8pm et/5pm pt. The top-seeded Rangers hold a 2-1 edge in this series
after taking Games 1 and 3 by identical 3-0 scores. New Jersey recorded its one
victory on the road in Game 2, beating New York in 3-2 fashion. Henrik Lundqvist
posted his second shutout of this series and third of this years playoffs thanks
to 36 saves in Saturdays triumph in New Jersey. Lundqvist, who is a finalist for
both the Vezina and Hart Trophies this season, has a 1.57 goals-against average
and .942 save percentage to go with his three shutouts in the 2012 postseason.
Ryan Callahan had a goal and an assist while Dan Girardi and Chris Kreider also
scored for the Rangers, who are in the conference finals for the first time
since 1997 and are aiming for their first Stanley Cup Finals berth since winning
their last championship in 1994. “He is always there to make the saves for us,”
Girardi said of Lundqvist. “We knew coming into the third that if we could have
a big period we could steal a game on the road and thats all thanks to him
(Lundqvist).” Girardi leads all defenseman in points in the playoffs with 11 and
all three of his goals have been game-winners. Kreider, who joined New Yorks
playoff run after helping Boston College win an NCAA championship last month,
has scored a goal in three straight games and has five tallies this postseason.
Kreider has set a new NHL record for most playoff goals (five) and points
(seven) by a player before skating in a regular season game. Devils goaltender
Martin Brodeur gave up two goals on 21 shots Saturdays loss. New Jersey went
0-for-5 on the power play in the game and have scored only once on 12
opportunities with the man advantage in this series. “We didnt play that bad
today, we did some good things,” said New Jersey center Travis Zajac. “We just
have to get Game 4 because we know its going to be a long series. No one in this
locker room thought it was going to be an easy series.” New Jersey is in the
conference finals for the first time since 2003, when they also won their last
Stanley Cup title. Lundqvist, who has six shutouts over his playoff career, made
11 saves in the first period, 15 in the second and 10 in the final stanza. “They
had some good chances, but I thought the guys did a really good job of keeping
most of the shots to the outside,” said Lundqvist. New Jersey fell to 4-2 on
home ice this postseason, while the Rangers improved their road record to 4-3.
New York will host Game 5 of this series on Wednesday. The Rangers will not have
forward Brandon Prust for tonights contest, as he was suspended one game for
elbowing New Jersey Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov in the head on Saturday.
Volchenkov was shaken up on the play but finished the game and did not suffer an
injury. As Atlantic Division combatants, the Devils and Rangers met six times
during the regular season and each team won three of those tilts. The Blueshirts
have dominated the postseason history against the Devils, winning four of the
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the form of a sweep in the 2006 conference quarterfinals, but the Rangers
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smallest crowd to watch a regular-season game at Nationwide Arena.ORCHARD PARK,
N.Y. —Chris Kelsay is in no mood to enjoy Buffalos bye week after the latest
meltdown from the Bills high-priced defence. And the veteran defensive end
delivered a tough-worded critique Monday that should make the upcoming break
uncomfortable for his teammates, too. Declining to single anyone out, Kelsay
accused players of lacking effort in a 35-34 loss to Tennessee a day earlier. He
then added its time for team leaders to start holding teammates accountable.
“You watch film and not everybody was playing hard every snap. And thats
unacceptable,” Kelsay said. “Its a blessing to be in this league. And then to go
out there and lay an egg, theres no excuses for it.” As for what it might take
to get players attention, Kelsay said: “We might have to grab guys by the shirt
collar and tell them to get moving.” In his 10th season with Buffalo, Kelsay is
the defences longest-tenured player, and one of the teams most respected
leaders. His comments come as Buffalo (3-4) enters its bye week having lost
three of four, and facing numerous questions before returning from its break to
play at Houston on Nov. 4. The most pressing concern involves fixing an
under-performing Mario Williams-led defence thats allowed an NFL-worst 1,238
yards rushing, including a whopping 937 in its past four games. The Titans were
but the latest team to expose the Bills deficiencies. After managing just 301
yards in his first six games, Titans running back Chris Johnson looked
rejuvenated in racking up 195 yards rushing and two scores Sunday. And Buffalo
crumbled in the clutch, allowing the Titans to score the decisive touchdown—
Matt Hasselbecks 15-yard pass to Nate Washington—on a fourth-and-9 with 1:03
remaining. This was not the type of performance anyone imagined from a defence
that was supposed to be much-improved after the Bills committed more than $127
million to sign Williams and fellow defensive end Mark Anderson in free agency.
Though the pass-rush has improved, Buffalos defence has regressed in most every
other statistical category. “I wouldnt have believed that in a million
years,&quuot; Kelsay said. Karlos Dansby Womens Jersey. “Thats why its
so frustrating.” He became the latest member of the Bills organization—and
first player—to openly question the teams performance. Coach Chan Gailey
questioned his teams mental toughness three weeks ago after a 52-28 loss to New
England in which the Bills were outscored 45-14 in the second half. A week
later, general manager Buddy Nix blamed the defensive collapses on an overall
lack of urgency after the Bills were accused of quitting in a 45-3 loss at San
Francisco. The Bills rebounded a week later with a 19-16 overtime win at
Arizona, but they failed to carry over that momentum against Tennessee. “Im not
pointing the finger. Im looking in the mirror myself,” Kelsay said. “But if you
arent going to give us everything youve got, you shouldnt be on the field.”
Gailey was caught off guard when told of Kelsays comments. “Kelsays entitled to
his opinion,” Gailey said, before adding everyone can play better. “Its not that
I dont think were playing hard. I do. I think we play hard. Can we play better?
Thats the key. Being consistent. Thats the term I used with the players this
morning.” Williams has taken the brunt of criticism for his inconsistent play.
Hes managed just 3 1/2 sacks and been invisible in all four losses. Gailey said
it was also unfair to single out Williams. “I wish everybody was doing a little
bit more right now, not just him,” he said. Running back Fred Jackson said
theres plenty of blame to go around, and not just limited to the defence.
“Everybody has to be held accountable for what they are doing,” Jackson said.
“Its a sick feeling right now. But at the same time we cant go in the tank.”
NOTES: Gailey said RG Chad Rinehart sustained a “long-term” injury after hurting
his left ankle on Sunday. Gailey said more tests will be required before
determining whether the injury is season-ending. ... Rinehart was starting in
place of Kraig Urbik (right ankle), who is expected to return next week. ... The
Bills will practice Wednesday before getting a four-day break. ’ ’ ’ 

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