NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at NY Rangers
(Thursday, January 15th)
Final Score: New Jersey 3, NY Rangers 3
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Matthew Barnaby scored the tying goal late in the third period to help the New York Rangers skate to a 3-3 tie with the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden.
Barnaby added an assist for the Rangers, who are 2-1-1 in their last four games. Anson Carter and Chad Wiseman also scored for New York, while Mike Dunham finished with 30 saves.
Erik Rasmussen, Jay Pandolfo and Sergei Brylin scored for New Jersey, which has just two wins in its last nine games (2-5-2). Martin Brodeur also had 30 saves in net for the Devils.
New Jersey ran its unbeaten streak against the Rangers to 11 games (6-0-5) and is 21-1-13-1 in its last 36 matchups with New York.
The Devils, who posted a 5-0 victory in the first meeting this season on November 15, were closing in on another win in the series, but the Rangers tied it with just 1:49 left in the third period.
Vladimir Malakhov pinched in at the left point to keep the puck in the New Jersey zone and sent it behind the net for Mark Messier. The Ranger captain made a quick pass to the left side of the crease for Barnaby, who snapped a low shot past Brodeur for his sixth goal of the season and first in 10 games.
"One mistake led to another," Brodeur said about the play on the tying goal. "We had the chance to clear. We were in control. They were on the boards. Next thing you know, we make a little mistake. [Our] guys are up high in the zone and you leave a 2-on-1 down low with two minutes left. It's a mental block."
Brian Gionta had a chance to win it in the closing seconds for New Jersey, but Dunham stopped his shot from the top of the left circle.
The Devils had the only two shots of an uneventful overtime.
New Jersey led 2-1 after two periods, but Wiseman tied it for the Rangers just 42 seconds into the third with his first NHL goal. He beat his man down the slot and was able to chip Barnaby's pass over Brodeur's left shoulder.
"It was a little area pass," Wiseman said. "I was just sitting there. I picked up the loose change and shoveled it in."
The Devils went back in front just past the four-minute mark when Brylin scored his eighth goal of the season. Igor Larionov gained the Ranger zone and made a backhand pass to Paul Martin, who blasted a shot from the left circle. Dunham made the save but could not control the rebound, which went into the low right circle for Brylin, who backhanded a shot past the netminder.
New Jersey erased a 1-0 deficit with a pair of goals on its first two shots of the second period.
Rasmussen tied it at the 5:33 mark with his second goal. Scott Niedermayer flipped the puck from center ice into the Ranger zone and Turner Stevenson chased it down in the left circle. Stevenson made a backhand pass to the slot for a charging Rasmussen, who made a neat move as he approached the crease and slipped a forehand shot around Dunham.
Pandolfo put the Devils ahead just 3:08 later with his ninth goal. Niedermayer sent John Madden out on a 2-on-1 rush and Madden made a perfect feed from the right circle just past sliding Ranger defenseman Tom Poti. Pandolfo was alone at the left side of the crease and directed the pass home.
New Jersey had a golden opportunity to increase the lead with a two-man advantage for nearly two minutes midway through the second period, but Dunham stopped seven Devil shots to keep it a one-goal game.
"That was the game. No question about it," said Messier. "They're already up a goal. They get another one there and they pretty much slam the door shut. So if you had to look anywhere, where we get our one point, it was killing that 5-on-3."
The Rangers went in front with just 1:11 left in the first period. Carter intercepted a pass at center ice and sent the puck ahead to Jan Hlavac at the Devil blue line along the right wing. Hlavac then dropped it back for Carter, who blasted a shot from above the right circle past Brodeur for his ninth goal.
Dunham was brilliant in the first period, stopping all 12 shots he faced.
The Devils again played without All-Star defenseman Scott Stevens, who has missed four straight games because of the flu and could be sidelined through the weekend with an unknown injury that may have resulted from a hit earlier this month.
Carter scored for the first time in 12 games...Brodeur started his 50th straight game against the Rangers...Dunham, Brodeur's former backup, is just 1-8-3 all-time against New Jersey, including 0-3-3 while with New York...The Devils were 0-for-5 on the power play, while the Rangers failed on three chances with the extra skater...New Jersey is 2-0-3 in its last five visits to Madison Square Garden.
01/15 23:16:15 ET