NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at New Jersey|
(Wednesday, December 29th)
Final Score: NY Rangers 3, New Jersey 1
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Henrik Lundqvist allowed just one goal on 44
shots to backstop the New York Rangers to a 3-1 victory over the struggling
New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center.
"It doesn't matter how we do it, as long as we get the points," said
Lundqvist, who finished with a season high in saves. "It's hard to be perfect
every night but we've found ways to win and get points."
Brandon Dubinsky had a goal and an assist for the Rangers, who have won five
of their last seven games. Brian Boyle and Michal Rozsival also lit the lamp
for the victors.
Travis Zajac tallied the lone goal for the Devils, who have lost six straight
and 11 of their last 12 games. Jacques Lemaire was handed his third straight
loss after taking over as the New Jersey head coach for the third time last
Martin Brodeur stopped 23-of-25 shots in the loss.
"There's a lot of frustration. It's been that kind of year," said New Jersey
defenseman Andy Greene. "All we can do is show up every day and work. I know
it sounds cliche but that's all we can do."
The Rangers took the lead for good at the 13:22 mark of the second period
thanks to a lucky bounce on a delayed penalty.
Dubinsky handled the puck from behind the net and slipped it to Rozsival for a
one-timer at the right circle. The shot appeared to be sailing well wide,
however, it caromed off Greene's thigh and fluttered into the net.
Meanwhile, Lundqvist was solid between the pipes in the middle frame,
withstanding a 20-shot barrage unscathed.
During the final period, New York killed off three penalties, including a
Chris Drury holding call with less than four minutes left to play.
Brodeur was pulled late for an extra attacker, but Dubinsky added an empty-
netter with six seconds left to ice the game for the Blueshirts.
The Devils drew first blood just 6 1/2 minutes into the game as they ripped
off several shots on the Rangers' net. Finally, Zajac collected the loose puck
in the high slot and wristed it into the net.
Only 47 seconds later, Boyle answered back for the Rangers with his 14th goal
of the season. Brandon Prust charged down the right boards to start the play
and centered the puck to Ruslan Fedotenko, who dropped it off to Boyle. He
then wristed a shot from the left circle that bounced just under Brodeur's
New York has won three in a row over New Jersey this season and five of its
last six over New Jersey since this past February...Rangers forward Erik
Christensen left the game in the second period with a knee injury and did not
return...The Rangers improved to 13-6-0 on the road this year and the Devils
slipped to 5-11-2 at The Rock...New Jersey has been outscored 27-6 during its
six game slide and failed to score more than two goals for the 28th time in 36
games this season.
12/30 03:52:41 ET