NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at New Jersey
(Friday, November 5th)
Final Score: NY Rangers 3, New Jersey 0
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Brandon Dubinsky matched a career-high with two goals and Henrik Lundqvist made 33 saves as the New York Rangers downed New Jersey, 3-0, at the Prudential Center.
Brian Boyle scored the other goal and Artem Anisimov added a pair of assists for the Rangers, who bounced back from a defeat in Philadelphia Thursday to win for a sixth time in their last nine games.
Lundqvist recorded his second shutout of the year and 26th of his career for the visitors, who have defeated the Devils in the first two of their six scheduled meetings this season.
"He's the rock of our team, no doubt about it," Dubinsky said about Lundqvist. "He's the guy that we lean on and sometimes we lean on too much. He showed why he's the best in the league again tonight. It was a big win for our team."
Johan Hedberg stopped 17 shots in defeat for the Devils, who have scored only 12 goals while losing six of their last eight games.
New Jersey starting netminder Martin Brodeur, the NHL's all-time wins leader, missed the game after suffering a bruised elbow in Wednesday's victory over Chicago.
The red-hot Dubinksky got the Rangers on the board 7:35 into the contest. Alex Frolov passed from behind the net into the slot for Anisimov, who partially fanned on the shot. Dubinsky found the puck, fought off a check and stashed the puck past Hedberg from the bottom of the right circle.
The visitors added to their lead in the final minute of the middle session on the power play. Boyle won a left circle draw to Anisimov, who sent it back to the point to Dan Girardi, who skated to the midpoint and sent a wrister that Boyle deflected past Hedberg with just 36 ticks left.
The visitors scored shorthanded early in the third to push their lead to 3-0. Dubinsky came down the right side all alone and had his wrist shot stopped by Hedberg. Todd White chased down the rebound behind the net and sent it to the right side of the cage from where Dubinsky popped it into the far corner.
Lundqvist made tremendous saves on a Travis Zajac one-timer from the top of the crease and on Mattias Tallinder from in close on a Devils power play with about eight minutes left in the game.
"We're not getting the second and third attempts," said New Jersey head coach John McLean. "We're getting some shots, we're just not able to get the rebounds or the bounce that leads to an ugly goal. And, that's what we need."
The Rangers have won 15 of the last 22 matchups...Lundqvist recorded his fifth shutout of the Devils and his 20th win over them in 32 career games...Dubinsky has scored a goal in five of his last seven games and has nine points over the same stretch...He recorded his seventh career two-goal game...Rangers forward Ryan Callahan was scratched from the game with soreness after going face- first into the boards after a hit from Philadelphia defenseman Kimmo Timonen in Thursday's game...New York's John Tortorella won his 296th career game, the most for an American-born head coach...The Devils are 0-5-1 at home this season...Hedberg is 11-5-2 in 18 career games versus the Rangers...Stephen Gionta made his NHL debut for the Devils and joined Brian Gionta to become part of the fifth brother combination to play for the team. The other tandems are Scott/Rob Niedermayer, Aaron/Neal Broten, Claude/Jocelyn Lemieux and Patrik/Peter Sundstrom.
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