Sanids Ozolinsh should give Ed Whitson a call. That might help him prepare to be the most-vilified figure in town. With the Garden rocking and Jagr back in the lineup, Ozolinsh misplayed the puck setting up a 2-on-1 rush that the Devils converted for a goal just 68 seconds into the game last night. The goal sucked the life out of the building and New Jersey went on to win 3-0.
The way things are going for New Jersey, there is a good chance they will hoist their fourth Stanley Cup later this year. They have been flawless defensively while capitalizing on almost every Ranger mistake and turning it into an odd-man rush. Brodeur has once again shown why he is the best goaltender of his generation, stopping 79 of the 81 shots he has faced in this series.
The Rangers now have one more chance to save the way this season is remembered. Losing to New Jersey seems inevitable, but to do so in four games while dropping their last nine overall would really put this franchise back on its heels. Yes, they did some great things, but you cannot finish the season this way. They need to win on Saturday.