NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at New Jersey|
(Friday, February 18th)
Final Score: New Jersey 1, NY Rangers 0
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Ilya Kovalchuk scored the lone goal of the game
near the midway mark of the second period, as the red-hot New Jersey Devils
defeated the New York Rangers, 1-0, at Prudential Center.
Johan Hedberg stopped 16 shots to record his second shutout of the season for
the Devils, who hold a 14-1-2 record over their last 17 games. It was the 16th
career shutout for Hedberg.
New Jersey has also won a season-high six straight games.
"I think this is as good a defensive effort as I've ever had in the NHL,"
Hedberg. "I can't remember a game where I had to make this little saves as I
did tonight. It's just a tremendous job."
Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 27-of-28 shots for the Rangers, who had a brief
two-game winning streak snapped. New York has dropped seven of nine.
"We did get some chances, but for the most part they defended pretty well,"
said Rangers defenseman Marc Staal. "We just need to find a way to get an ugly
one, or just to bang one home and tie it up."
Kovalchuk broke a scoreless tie at the 8:18 mark of the second period. The
Rangers were set up in the New Jersey zone, but Staal failed to keep the puck
in at the right point. A speedy Kovalchuk gathered the puck at center ice
and went in on a breakaway. Lundqvist, who stopped the first 17 shots he
faced, failed to turn aside Kovalchuk's wrister.
The Rangers nearly tied the game just 21 seconds into the third. Ryan
Callahan's shot on net hit off the post and trickled across the line. Hedberg
fell back on the puck and covered it up before it crossed the line. Replay
confirmed it wasn't a goal.
New York went on the power play at the 9:51 mark when Wojtek Wolski was high-
sticked by Kovalchuk, but Hedberg held strong between the pipes.
The Rangers pulled Lundqvist late for the extra attacker, but New Jersey held
on for the victory.
The Rangers lead the season series with the Devils, 3-2...New Jersey has won
four straight on home ice...Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov returned to the
lineup after serving a three-game suspension for elbowing Carolina's Zach
Boychuk in the head on February 8...Volchenkov assisted on Kovalchuk's
goal...Prior to the game, the Devils assigned goaltender Mike McKenna to
Albany (AHL)...New York has lost four in a row on the road...The Rangers
assigned forward Kris Newbury to Connecticut (AHL).
02/19 01:33:25 ET