NEWARK, NJ - MAY 21: Jacob Josefson #16 and David Clarkson #23 of the New Jersey Devils celebrate a first period goal by teammate Bryce Salvador #24 in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Prudential Center on May 21, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey.
Had the Devils fallen into a 3-1 hole, that may have been too much to overcome. Expect Game 5 to be an intense struggle to see which team can take a 3-2 series lead.
We needed that
Devils players surround Zach Parise after he jammed in a close-range shot against Henrik Lundqvist during the third period of Game 4. Parise also added a late lengthy empty-net goal.
Just stick it
Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, of Sweden, has been either very good or very mediocre this series with no in-between. New York returns home for a pivotal Game 5 with the series tied 2-2.
New Jersey's Alexei Ponikarovsky takes some time to see if he can give Marc Staal's face a little frostbite as the two wrestle for control of the puck.
East coast wrestling
New York's Marc Staal feels the wrath of New Jersey's Alexei Ponikarovsky. The Devils won Game 4, which now essentially makes the Eastern Conference Finals a best-of-3 game series for the right to go to the Stanley Cup Finals.
The Devils offense was frustrated by not getting a puck past Henrik Lundqvist in Game 3, but they were able to rectify that by scoring twice in the first period to take an early 2-0 lead. Getty ImagesJim McIsaac
New Jersey Devils' Adam Henrique and New York's Ryan McDonagh went at it during the first period, with each player picking up a five-minute visit to the sin bin for their troubles.
New York's Mike Rupp (71) falls back while attacking against New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur during the first period. Brodeur was blitzed late in Game 3, but was solid in the opening two periods of Game 4.
Bryce as nice
New Jersey's Zach Parise (9) embraces Bryce Salvador after Salvador scored the opening goal against the Rangers in Game 4. It was basically a must-win game for New Jersey, as a 3-1 hole would have been a tall task to overcome.
Henrik Lundqvist was a wall in Game 3, as he shut out the Devils for the second time in the first three games. He was hoping to make it three in four games, but New Jersey had other ideas. Getty ImagesBruce Bennett