...although there were 27 shots, 17 by the Rangers, as both goalies have been sharp. Rangers PP had two ops and clearly are missing Gaborik, Prospal, 0 for last 9, even with some tinkering by Tortorella.
The defensive shot and pass-blocking effort continues unabated. Staal blocked two shots on on rush, Del Zotto slid to break up a 3 on 1, Girardi has two blocks. There's a lot of chirping between the sides, Boogaard and Clarkson, Avery and anybody he's near, including Langenbrunner, and Dubinsky and Parise at the end of the period.
Brodeur made huge stop on Callahan shorthanded at 16:08, as No. 24 deked and treid to slide the puck under the Devs netminder but his pad deflected it out of the crease...frolov had been denied on a couple wraparounds....Devs will have 1:10 of PP tiem to open the second...
Still no definitive word on why Mike Sauer was a scratch. The coach has sadi at 5 pm that he would be in, and the rookie took warmups. Three Blues reps are in the house scouting, including JD....probably checking both teams