Ilya Kovalchuk wound up for a hard one-timer in the third period, only to see it gobbled up again by Henrik Lundqvist.
The New Jersey Devils' biggest scoring threat shoved his stick back into his hand like he was jamming it into a holster and skated away with more frustration etched on his face. It was that kind of a day again for the Devils against the New York Rangers' goalie, who shut them out 3-0 on Saturday for the second time in three games of the Eastern Conference finals.
Kovalchuk's drive during another failed power play was the culmination of a long day for him and his teammates. New Jersey was the dominant team through the first 40 minutes, outshooting the Rangers 26-14 in the opening two periods.
Kovalchuk had a pair of breakaways, but couldn't produce the elusive goal that would have energized the crowd waiting for a reason to break out in cheers and drown out the many Rangers fans that had invaded from the other side of the river.