Maybe somebody was listening to John Tortorella on Tuesday when he jokingly said the only thing he can do to get his top forwards to score was "pray."

Last night at the Garden, during the Devils' 5-3 Game 5 win, the Rangers coach got one goal apiece from two of his best forwards — Ryan Callahan and Marian Gaborik. The closest example of divine intervention was Gaborik's third-period prayer, which went in from a sharp angle, getting jumbled in the feet of Martin Brodeur to tie the game, 3-3, just 17 seconds in.

"It's a tough one to give up," said Devils coach Peter DeBoer, whose team takes a 3-2 lead into tomorrow's Game 6 showdown at the Prudential Center.