NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at NY Rangers|
(Tuesday, February 7th)
Final Score: New Jersey 1, NY Rangers 0
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Martin Brodeur extended his NHL record with
the 117th shutout of his career, as the New Jersey Devils made a first period
goal stand up in a 1-0 win over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
David Clarkson tallied the only goal for the Devils, who have now won five
The Rangers appeared to tie the game with 3.5 seconds left, but Marian Gaborik
crashed into Brodeur and was called for goalie interference, negating Artem
Anisimov's potential equalizer.
"I thought it was the right call," Devils coach Pete DeBoer said. "Marty gets
pushed into the net. Give them credit for getting it right."
Henrik Lundqvist was again marvelous in net, stopping 21-of-22 shots, but saw
a personal four-game winning streak come to an end. New York, meanwhile, lost
for only the second time in its last six games overall.
"The difference was Brodeur," said Rangers head coach John Tortorella, who
refused to comment on the controversial ending. "He made some terrific saves
in the third period."
Brodeur, though, was the story, as the four-time Vezina Trophy winner stopped
30 shots, including 15 in the final period, to secure his first shutout since
blanking the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 25 of last season.
It looked as if he would be denied the shutout late. With the Rangers net
empty and time ticking down, Ryan Callahan wristed a shot from the left circle
that Brodeur pushed aside. Gaborik then with a little help from Devils
defenseman Anton Volchenkov went into Brodeur, knocking him backwards into
the net, while Anisimov buried the putback, only to see it waved off by the
"I don't understand the call. If I was running I wouldn't say a word but I
tried to stop, put my stick for Cally's pass and he pushes me into Brodeur,"
said Gaborik. "It's frustrating. We should be in overtime right now."
The Rangers had their chances in the third period and outshot the Devils,
15-1. New York was also 0-for-3 on the power play and is scoreless in its last
17 tries with the extra skater.
"It came down to special teams," Lundqvist said. "We just have to keep working
at it. Special teams always play a big part. We have to make sure we are sharp
on the PK and power play because we are going to need them moving forward."
The Devils took advantage of a Stu Bickel holding call and cashed in on the
power play 8:14 into the opening period. From behind the net Zach Parise found
a streaking Clarkson, who beat Lundqvist glove side for his 21st goal of the
Clarkson now has five goals in his last five games, while Parise extended his
point streak to six games (5g, 3a).
Petr Sykora almost made it a two-goal game late in the first period, but his
rocket from the top of the right circle hit the crossbar with time winding
The Rangers had a pair of terrific chances in the second period. Shortly into
the period Brandon Prust missed the net, while with time ticking down in the
stanza Brodeur used the left glove to turn aside a terrific opportunity from
Lundqvist has allowed one goal or fewer in 11 of his last 19 games, and has
held opponents to two or fewer goals in 27 games this season...The Devils have
outscored the opposition 21-12 during their five game win streak.
02/07 22:54:06 ET