You might not know it from all the Ranger-centric talk around here, but the tri-state area’s got more than one team competing for Lord Stanley this postseason.  Figured I’d throw you Devils fans a bone and get you some shine on the Stool.

The Devils kicked off their playoff home opener in fine style last night by going up 3-0 within 10 minutes, but then proceeded to absolutely shit the bed, ultimately losing 4-3 to the Florida Panthers.  It’s the worst lead in hockey, and the longer you have it the less secure it is.  The Rock was rocking as Parise, Gionta and Elias lit the lamp in quick succession, but a slew of bad penalties saw Florida chip away at the somehow sold out crowd’s energy.  The once superb New Jersey penalty kill is now a pathetic mess; 0/3 last night and a shocking 40% success rate this series.  But even more shocking was the yanking of ol’ man Brodeur, who after allowing 3 goals on 12 shots left the game early in the second.  In the battle of the backups, it was the former Devil pine pony Scott Clemmensen skating away with the Game 3 victory.

And how enjoyable it was for the Ranger faithful!  Some of my best and fattest friends are Devils fans, and their pain is pure pleasure for me when it comes to playoff hockey.  God forbid they do better than my Blueshirts, I’d never hear the end of it.  We’re still a long way from sealing either team’s first round fate of course, but any instance of Marty showing age has me breathing a little easier at the prospect of playing them down the line.  With Philly on the brink of winning their series and Boston looking poised to pass the ragged Caps, the Florida-New Jersey winner may decide whether a hopefully-moving-on Rangers team faces the Flyers and or Devils in the conference semi-finals. If we draw the Devils, I’d have to kill like five friends just to avoid their annoying accented jabbering.  That’s like half of my social circle at this point, not great for popularity purposes.  If we face Philly though, I’d only have to kill my one Flyer fan friend Steve.  And honestly, we’ve all been looking for an excuse to kill Steve since he hoarded a half ounce of keefe on freshman year 4/20… @Osgood_StoolNYC