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NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at NY Rangers



(Sunday, December 9th)

Final Score: NY Rangers 1, New Jersey 0 (OT)

New York, NY (Sports Network) - Brendan Shanahan scored just 30 seconds into overtime as the New York Rangers continued their dominance of the New Jersey Devils with a 1-0 win at Madison Square Garden.

The teams played scoreless hockey through the first 60 minutes as two of the top goaltenders in the league, New York's Henrik Lundqvist and New Jersey's Martin Brodeur, put on a clinic for the sold-out New York crowd.

However, Shanahan's potent one-timer shortly after the start of overtime gave the Rangers their fourth win in as many attempts against New Jersey this season.

On a crisp passing play, Fedor Tyutin received a pass at the left point and immediately sent it to Scott Gomez near the right circle. Gomez spotted Shanahan at the outside of the left circle, slid the puck over and Shanahan blasted a one-timer into the left corner of the net for the win.

"We gained the zone and Gomez made a great play back to the point," said Shanahan. "I just went to the net. When Tyutin passed it to Gomez I opened up in the slot."

Lundqvist stopped 17 shots for his fifth shutout of the season for New York, which stopped a three-game losing streak.

"It felt like I was missing a little energy last game, but I was pumped up for this game," said Lundqvist. "It's not hard to do. I felt good going in. The start was important for me. I only faced four shots in the first period, but I got a good start."

Brodeur made 28 saves for New Jersey, which had a nine-game winning streak snapped. It was the longest winning streak for the team since closing out the 2005-06 season with 11 straight wins.

"We started slow, the first period wasn't one of our greatest," said Devils coach Brent Sutter. "I guess it's give and take because you're doing what you think is right over the long haul and doing what you think is right as far as two games in two nights. What happened in the first period isn't really a surprise. I thought we played a lot better in the second. For the most part, our detail was pretty good, but we blew our coverage in overtime."

Each team had opportunities to score in the first period, but neither were able to light the lamp in the frame as Brodeur made 12 saves while Lundqvist only had to make four stops.

The goaltenders continued to put on a show in the second period as Brodeur made seven stops while Lundqvist turned aside nine.

Lundqvist's best save of the period came on an early power play when he calmly swallowed a Jamie Langenbrunner slap shot from the left point with two Devils sitting on the doorstep waiting to pounce on the rebound.

Brodeur kept the game scoreless with under two minutes left in the second as he flashed the glove on a Petr Prucha turnaround slap shot from the slot.

The Rangers played good defense in the third period and limited New Jersey to just four shots.

New York had the best opportunities in the third, but Brodeur turned away all nine shots he face. Included in those was two jam attempts from Shanahan down low during a New York power play with under three minutes left in regulation.

Game Notes

The Devils continue their three-game road trip in Washington on Monday...The Rangers play in Washington on Wednesday...Both teams went scoreless as New Jersey had three chances and New York had five...The Blueshirts are 8-2-1 in the last 11 games against the Devils at Madison Square Garden...New York has outscored New Jersey, 9-3, this season...It was Lundqvist's 12th shutout of his career and second this season against the Devils.

12/09 20:35:43 ET


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