NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at New Jersey
(Saturday, November 15th)
Final Score: New Jersey 5, NY Rangers 0
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Martin Brodeur made 18 saves to become the active shutout leader with 67 and Scott Niedermayer scored a goal and added two assists, leading the New Jersey Devils to a 5-0 rout of the New York Rangers at the Meadowlands.
Jamie Langenbrunner picked up a goal and an assist for New Jersey, which has won two straight and extended its unbeaten streak to nine (7-0-2). Jay Pandolfo, Brian Rafalski and Christian Berglund also scored for the Devils, while Jeff Friesen and Scott Gomez each notched a pair of assists in the victory.
Mike Dunham made 20 saves in two periods for the Rangers, who have lost four of their last five (1-3-0-1). New York was shut out for the third time this season.
Brodeur made six saves in the first period and four in the second. He then turned aside eight third-period shots to preserve his third shutout of the year. He is also 11th all-time with 67 career shutouts, surpassing the recently-retired Patrick Roy and Toronto's Ed Belfour.
New Jersey improved to 6-0-4 in its last 10 meetings with the Rangers and 21-1-12-1 in the last 35 matchups with its Hudson River rivals
The Devils put the pressure on the New York net early in the contest and scored just 70 seconds in. Scott Stevens intercepted a clearing attempt at the left point and sent a wrist shot toward the net. The puck was deflected by Langenbrunner before it reached Dunham, who could not control the rebound and Pandolfo was able to sweep it home for his fourth goal of the season.
Just under three minutes later, the Rangers were caught in a bad line chance and Brian Gionta walked into the New York zone with a clear shot. His blast from the top of the right circle beat Dunham, but rang off the post.
Dunham was strong for the remainder of the period and finished with 11 saves during the opening 20 minutes.
New Jersey appeared to score again just over six minutes into the second period during a scramble in the crease, but the whistle had blown to stop play when the referee lost sight of the puck.
The Devils opened a 2-0 lead with 9:31 left in the second period on Langenbrunner's seventh goal. Niedermayer carried the puck from his own blue line into the New York zone and dropped a pass for John Madden, who quickly sent it ahead again for Niedermayer. The defenseman skated into the right circle and backhanded a pass toward the top of the crease, where Langenbrunner tipped it past Dunham.
Rafalski was then credited with his second goal with 2:38 left in the period to make it 3-0. The defenseman's high wrist shot from the point went off the glove of Ranger defenseman Brian Leetch before going past Dunham.
Berglund added his second of the season just 1:32 later, scoring on a wrist shot from the slot. Patrik Elias was in front and created a screen.
Niedermayer, who also assisted on the Berglund goal, cashed in a power play for his fourth goal of the season at 8:47 of the third for the final margin.
Jussi Markkanen played the third period in goal for the Rangers and made nine saves.
Brodeur, who notched his fifth career shutout against the Rangers, earned his 374th career victory, tying him for 10th on the all-time wins list with John Vanbiesbrouck...Stevens played in his 1,612th career game, tying him for fifth among defensemen with Raymond Bourque...New Jersey improved to 5-0-1 in its last six home games...New York's Eric Lindros did not play because of a scratched cornea he suffered in Wednesday's game against Pittsburgh.
11/15 21:23:07 ET