NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at New Jersey
(Wednesday, February 11th)
Final Score: NY Rangers 3, New Jersey 1
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Mike Dunham made 28 saves and three different Rangers scored goals, as New York earned a 3-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils at the Meadowlands.
Tom Poti, Boris Mironov and Dan LaCouture scored for the Rangers, who beat the Devils for the first time in 12 meetings (1-6-5). Dunham also won for just the second time in his career against New Jersey (2-8-3), and for the first time as a Ranger (1-3-3).
"I was relaxed out there and followed the puck well," Dunham said. "I was in position at the right time and that's goaltending."
It was just the third win for the Rangers in the last 37 matchups (3-21-13) with their Hudson River rivals.
Turner Stevenson scored the lone goal for the Devils, who have lost three in a row. New Jersey, which was coming off a 4-1 loss at Philadelphia on Tuesday, has been outscored 11-2 during the three-game skid.
Martin Brodeur finished with just 13 saves in defeat.
The Devils had a goal disallowed on a power play at the 11:33 mark of the first of the period. Brian Rafalski's point shot went past Dunham, who fell when his skates got tangled with New Jersey's Jamie Langenbrunner.
Langenbrunner was called for goaltender interference and the Rangers cashed in on the ensuing power play to take a 1-0 lead.
Brian Leetch had the puck at the left point and fed it across for Poti, who ripped a one-timer past Brodeur on the glove side for his eighth goal with 6:28 left in the opening period.
The Rangers then scored again just before time expired in the first. Jaromir Jagr made a rush toward the net and had the puck knocked off his stick. It went back to the top of the right circle for Mironov, who blasted a shot past Brodeur. The officials had to check the video to determine if time expired, but the puck crossed the goal line with 4/10ths of a second to play.
"To get ahead of this team is a big plus," said Rangers head coach Glen Sather. "To come in here and get a couple of goals on them, it's a big plus. They're a tough team to score on."
LaCouture then extended the Ranger lead to 3-0 at 4:02 of the second, scoring on a wraparound for his third goal. LaCouture beat the New Jersey defense around the net and Brodeur lost his stick trying to poke-check it away, leaving him vulnerable to the wraparound at the right post.
The Devils finally answered with 5:31 left in the second on Stevenson's seventh goal. He took a shot from the left circle that was deflected on net, and Dunham failed to control it. Stevenson got to the rebound first and chipped it over the fallen netminder.
The Rangers went into a defensive shell in the third, mustering only one shot on goal.
Dunham, meanwhile, stopped all nine shots he faced in the final 20 minutes and got some help.
"Dunham looked composed, he looked sharp, he looked good," Sather said. "There was a lot of pressure on him, but that's the nature of the beast. He rose to the occasion."
Langenbrunner had a point-blank shot from the low slot ring off the post with 8:24 to play and Jeff Friesen hit the outside of the net from in close in the final minute.
"I thought it was tremendous effort by our team," said Devils head coach Pat Burns. "I was very satisfied with the effort. If we had gotten a couple of more chances, it would have been a different game. We were all over the place. But they got a couple of goals early. That put us behind the eight-ball."
The Rangers were just 2-8-2 in 12 games before the All-Star break...New York won at the Meadowlands for the first time since March 31, 2001...Dunham's only other win against New Jersey came on January 30, 1999 with Nashville.
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