NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at NY Rangers|
(Thursday, March 27th)
Final Score: NY Rangers 3, New Jersey 2
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Nigel Dawes notched the game-winning goal
with 3:06 remaining in the third, as the New York Rangers rallied to down the
New Jersey Devils, 3-2, at Madison Square Garden.
Brendan Shanahan and Christian Backman also tallied for the Rangers, who ran
their record to 7-0-0 against the Devils this season. Chris Drury collected
three assists and Scott Gomez, who returned after missing Tuesday's 2-1
overtime loss to Philadelphia with sprained ribs, added two helpers. Henrik
Lundqvist stopped 32-of-34 shots to earn the win.
Patrik Elias and Zach Parise scored for the Devils, who extended their winless
streak to five games (0-4-1). Martin Brodeur allowed three goals on 31 shots
"We have to find ways to win," Brodeur said.
New York and New Jersey are now tied for the fifth spot in the Eastern
Conference with 91 points.
Backman redeemed himself for the costly gaffe that lead to the Devils' late
second-period goal, which put them in front, 2-1, with a power-play marker in
the early stages of the third period. The defenseman cradled a cross-ice pass
from Gomez, took a few strides towards the net and snapped a wrister from the
top of the left circle that beat Brodeur high on the short side at 1:38.
The Rangers reclaimed the lead on a fortuitous bounce with 3:06 to go in
regulation. Drury tried to feather a pass to Dawes in the slot, but the puck
deflected off the skate of Sheldon Brookbank, forcing Brodeur to make a save.
The New Jersey goaltender flicked the puck out with the stick, but the disc
caromed off the left shoulder of a sliding Dawes, who was pulled down by
Travis Zajac and crashed into the crease.
"It was a huge two points," Dawes said. "Good things happen when you go to the
net like that."
The Devils pulled Brodeur in the dying moments and peppered Lundqvist, but
couldn't net the equalizer.
The Rangers got on the board first courtesy of the power play, as Shanahan
broke a nine-game goal-less drought with his 23rd marker of the season. Gomez
collected the disc behind the net and spotted Shanahan perched below the left
circle. Gomez then threaded a pass that Shanahan banged in on the short side
at the 5:21 mark of the second period.
New Jersey scored two unanswered goals and carried a 2-1 lead into the second
The Devils tied the score at one on a perfect redirection with 8:22 remaining
in the middle stanza. Paul Martin, appearing in the 300th game of his NHL
career, fired a slap pass from the right point that Elias deflected just
inside the near post.
New Jersey then capitalized on a bad giveaway by Backman to take a 2-1 lead.
As the Rangers defenseman looked to start a rush from his own zone, Parise
intercepted his pass and fired a quick shot high over the glove of a stunned
Lundqvist with 1:47 to play.
Drury notched the 300th assist of his career on Shanahan's tally...The Devils
have lost five in a row for the first time since dropping six straight from
November 2-14, 2000...New Jersey hosts Philadelphia on Friday...The Rangers
visit the Penguins on Sunday in the front end of a home-and-home
series...The Rangers registered their third consecutive season with at least
40 wins, the longest streak since 1970-74.
03/27 23:32:20 ET