NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at NY Rangers|
(Sunday, October 24th)
Final Score: NY Rangers 3, New Jersey 1
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Ryan Callahan, Michal Rozsival, and Brandon
Dubinsky each had a goal and an assist, as the New York Rangers held off the
New Jersey Devils, 3-1, at Madison Square Garden.
Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 27-of-28 shots for the Rangers, who have won
three in a row. It was also the first home victory of the season for New York.
"You need some luck, in tight games; you need that extra bounce and tonight we
had it," Lundqvist said. "I think we earned it for working so hard the whole
game. We played simple and hard. The guys have been working really hard and
it's paying off. We are finishing checks a little more and guys are skating
harder, a lot of blocked shots; we are really paying the price the last couple
of games and it's great to see."
Ilya Kovalchuk, who was a healthy scratch against the Buffalo Sabres on
Saturday night, scored the lone goal for the Devils, who started a six-game
road trip on Sunday.
Martin Brodeur stopped 31-of-33 shots in defeat for New Jersey, which has
dropped four of five.
"I think we played a good game, we just can't score goals right now,"
Kovalchuk said. "We need to be a little more simple and get more traffic in
front. It seems like all the goalies play their best games against us. We need
to get through that together."
Rozsival broke a scoreless tie at the 1:26 mark of the second period as his
slapper from the right point beat traffic in front and got past Brodeur.
Callahan's power-play goal at the 12:22 mark of the middle stanza made it 2-0.
Dubinsky controlled the puck at the bottom of the left circle and slid a pass
in front for Callahan, who chipped the disc through the legs of Brodeur.
New Jersey made things interesting when Kovalchuk lit the lamp at the 14:08
mark of the third. Matthew Corrente fired a shot on net from the right point,
but Lundqvist left a rebound. Dainius Zubrus, with his back to the net, slid a
no-look pass through his legs to Kovalchuk, who had a mostly empty net to work
Brodeur was called to the bench for an extra skater with 1:03 to play, and
Dubinsky's empty-net goal with one second remaining sealed New York's victory.
The Devils and Rangers have split their six-game series in each of the
previous two seasons since New York won seven of eight in 2007-08. New Jersey
has lost eight of its last 11 at MSG...Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov
missed his seventh straight game with a broken nose and stiff neck...The
Rangers started a three-game homestand on Sunday...Lundqvist made 11 saves in
the third period...Forward Jeremy Williams made his Rangers debut after being
recalled from Hartford (AHL) earlier Sunday.
10/25 00:23:26 ET