NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at NY Rangers
(Thursday, October 22nd)
Final Score: New Jersey 4, NY Rangers 2
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Dainius Zubrus scored the game-winning goal nearly eight minutes into the third period, as the New Jersey Devils edged the New York Rangers, 4-2, in a battle between these two Atlantic Division foes at Madison Square Garden.
Zach Parise had two goals and an assist for the Devils, who have won two in a row and five of six. Nicklas Bergfors had the other goal. Martin Brodeur stopped 29-of-31 shots for New Jersey, which improved to 4-0-0 as the guest this season.
"I don't know. I don't think there is anything we do differently. It just happens we're 4-0-0 on the road. We have been playing smart on the road," Parise said of the Devils' road success this year.
Ales Kotalik registered a goal and an assist for the Rangers, who have dropped two straight after a seven-game winning streak. Marian Gaborik had the other score. Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 21-of-24 shots in defeat.
"When you're two goals down, you try and change something to change the momentum," said Kotalik. "In the second period we did the job to come back, but unfortunately they got a lucky bounce. And against a team like New Jersey it's tough to come back."
With the score tied 2-2, Zubrus lit the lamp at the 7:51 mark of the third to put the Devils ahead 3-2. Parise, who was covered along the left boards near the circle, was able to get a shot off. Zubrus was able to chip the disc past Lundqvist.
Parise's empty-net goal with 41 seconds remaining sealed the victory.
"I think I cheated too much," Lundqvist said of Zubrus' game-winning goal. "It is just a really bad goal, unfortunately, at the wrong time."
The Devils drew first blood at the 6:11 mark of the first period. Jamie Langenbrunner was positioned along the right boards at center ice and took a pass from Rob Niedermayer. Langenbrunner then slid a perfect pass to a streaking Parise, who finished off a breakaway with a wrister past the glove side of Lundqvist.
Bergfors' goal with 4:50 left in the first gave New Jersey a 2-0 lead. David Clarkson collected the disc at center ice after New York turned the puck over. Clarkson made his was down the left side of the ice before sliding a pass to Bergfors, who fired a shot into the back of the net.
The Rangers used a Gaborik power-play goal at the 1:47 mark of the second to cut the deficit in half.
Kotalik's goal with 5:35 remaining in the second tied the tilt. Dan Girardi collected a rebound after a Lundqvist save and made a long pass to Kotalik, who capped off a breakaway with a wrister that beat Brodeur.
New York won 3-2 against New Jersey at the Prudential Center on October 5...Thursday marked the first of back-to-back road tests against divisional opponents for the Devils, who will also visit Pittsburgh on Saturday. The Rangers travel to Montreal on Saturday.
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