Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/20/12

The Devils face one major problem as they try to again rally from behind in their Eastern Conference final with the rival Rangers.

Henrik Lundqvist.

"We're not the first team that Lundqvist has done this to," coach Pete DeBeor said after the Rangers goalie stopped 36 shots Saturday to pitch his second shutout in the first three games of the series. "You have to battle through."

Saturday's 3-0 loss put the Devils in a 2-1 hole and allowed the Rangers to regain home-ice advantage in the series. Game 4 is Monday night, but you get the feeling home ice isn't going to be the difference in this series. Lundqvist, on the other hand, might well turn out to be the difference.

The Devils figured out a way to get three pucks past him in Game 2, one goal by an all-alone Ilya Kovalchuk and the other two on deflections. In games 1 and 3 he has stopped everything and flat out stole Game 3, a game, just like Game 1, that was scoreless through two periods before the Rangers beat Martin Brodeur twice and also scored into an empty net.

"He's played well and got a little lucky off the post, but we need to keep doing what we're doing," said Brodeur, who might be the greatest goalie of all time but doesn't own the better of play career-wise against Lundqvist. "We're playing a team that is playing well, and they blocked shots and they're paying the price to win hockey games."

Center Patrik Elias lost a power play faceoff to Brad Richards that led to defenseman Dan Girardi's winner.

"It's tough to give a goal right from a faceoff," Elias said. "It seems like whoever gets that first goal, it's tough to get back. We made a push, and they scored right away again. We just have to stay focused until the end; we have to find a way to put pucks in."

The Devils' power play was 0-for-5 with six shots in the loss, which ended the Devils' four-game home winning streak.

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