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NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at NY Rangers



(Tuesday, November 14th)

Final Score: NY Rangers 3, New Jersey 2

New York, NY (Sports Network) - Jaromir Jagr scored two of New York's three goals in a 90-second span early in the third period that gave the Rangers a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden.

Brendan Shanahan completed the three-goal surge for the Rangers, who trailed 2-0 after two periods but rallied for their fifth win in the last seven games overall (5-1-1).

Henrik Lundqvist made 20 saves in the victory.

Jamie Langenbrunner and Brian Gionta scored for New Jersey, which saw its four-game winning streak halted. Martin Brodeur allowed three goals on 24 shots for the Devils, who despite the loss have earned 12 points in their last eight games and will host Ottawa on Friday.

Trailing 2-0 entering the third period, the Rangers stunned their home crowd with three goals -- all scored at even strength -- in the first 3:35 to grab the lead.

"The first three minutes (of the third period), we just got careless," said New Jersey's Patrik Elias. "We were too passive. It's disappointing."

First, at the 2:05 mark, Jagr worked a nice give-and-go. He held the puck in the slot and passed to the left circle for Marcel Hossa, who momentarily faked a shot and fed the disc back into the goal mouth where on off-balanced Jagr slid a backhander past Brodeur.

"You have to drive to the net," said Jagr. "It is not easy to score against (New Jersey), trust me. I've played against a lot of great goalies, but (Brodeur) is probably the toughest."

Only 26 seconds later, a questionable goal that was credited to Jagr tied the contest.

The Rangers were pressing in their offensive zone and Brodeur made several nice saves before the puck bounced out to the right circle. Jagr wound up for a slap shot but partially fanned on it and sent a knuckleball-style shot on Brodeur. The goaltender reached with his glove to swipe the puck out of midair while New York forward Jason Ward simultaneously batted the puck into the net.

After a review in the replay booth, the goal was allowed despite camera angles that appeared to show Ward's stick had touched the puck. But the goal stood and Jagr was credited with his second goal of the night and seventh of the season.

With the home crowd buzzing, the Rangers then took the lead for good at 3:35 on Shanahan's 14th goal of the season. Defenseman Michal Rozsival sent a crisp pass from his own end through the neutral zone for Shanahan, who corralled the puck near the blue line, maneuvered through blueliners Paul Martin and Johnny Oduya and lit the lamp with a wrist shot that deflected off Brodeur and into the net.

"We caught them changing lines and we took advantage," said Shanahan. "I was spun around as I was shooting it. I just tried to get it on net, and I got enough on it to squeak it through."

The Devils had several quality scoring chances in the waning minutes of regulation, including a wrist shot by Gionta from the low shot that barely missed the left post.

Brodeur was pulled with over a minute to play and the best chance with the extra attacker came when Elias sent a one-timer from the centerpoint, but Lundqvist made the pad save and the Rangers held on for the one-goal win.

"We outplayed them for 57 minutes of the game," said Brodeur.

The Devils opened the scoring midway through the first period when Langenbrunner unloaded a blazing slap shot from the top of the right circle that slid under Lundqvist's pads. Zach Parise held control along the upper right half-wall and slid a soft pass for Langenbrunner's one-timer, his fifth goal, at 9:05.

New York nearly tied the score 3:40 into the second period when Jagr had a good look with a wrist shot from the low slot, but Brodeur's glove was quicker.

The remainder of the second stanza belonged to the Rangers, who controlled the offensive action but watched as the visitors grabbed a two-goal lead after a pair of penalties created a two-man advantage for New Jersey.

With Shanahan and Blair Betts in the penalty box, the Devils worked the puck around the perimeter before Brian Rafalski held control atop the left circle. Rafalski sent a pass across the blue line for a one-timer by Elias that was beautifully deflected into the cage by Gionta from the goal mouth. Gionta's eighth goal of 2006-07 was scored with 4:26 remaining before the second intermission.

Brodeur made two great saves in the final 1:30 seconds of the period to keep the Devils ahead by two. Shanahan was alone at the left post for a backhander and moments later also ripped a one-timer from the left circle, but Brodeur denied both chances.

Game Notes

These two Hudson River rivals are now tied atop the Atlantic Division with 21 points...This marked the 108th career two-goal game for Jagr...New Jersey finished 1-for-6 on the power play and held the Rangers scoreless on three power-play chances...Rafalski tallied two assists...Attendance was a usual Garden sellout of 18,200.

11/15 01:35:42 ET


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