NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at New Jersey
(Saturday, October 8th)
Final Score: New Jersey 3, NY Rangers 2 (OT)
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Brian Rafalski scored 3:17 into overtime to lift New Jersey to a 3-2 victory over the cross-river rival New York Rangers at Continental Airlines Arena.
Rafalski also assisted on each of the Devils' other two goals, while Viktor Kozlov assisted on the game-winner and added a goal of his own during the win.
Martin Brodeur made 33 saves for New Jersey, which was outshot 35-27 for the night.
Jason Ward and Martin Rucinsky both scored in the Rangers' second overtime defeat in three days. New York fell 4-3 to Montreal in extra minutes on Thursday.
Kozlov sailed a shot wide in the overtime period but outraced New York's Darius Kasparaitis to the puck, then wheeled behind the net and found an open Rafalski, who ripped a 25-footer past rookie Henrik Lundqvist to end the game.
"I slid behind that (Rangers) forward, Koz made a nice pass, and I was able to find a hole," Rafalski said.
Lundqvist finished with 24 saves in his NHL debut.
"I'm disappointed," said Lundquvist afterward. "Still, we played a pretty good game."
Brodeur, who uncharacteristically struggled in Friday's 5-2 loss to Philadelphia, was strong throughout. The All-Star netminder made three stops in overtime, including a rebound by Rucinsky in front moments before the final tally.
Brodeur also made key glove saves on Marek Malik and Jaromir Jagr in the closing minutes of regulation to keep the game at 2-2.
New Jersey trailed 2-1 after two periods but drew even 2:14 into the third, when Alexander Mogilny took a feed from Scott Gomez and fired a shot that trickled underneath Lundquvist's pads and into the net on the power play.
The goal came with the Rangers' Michal Rozsival in the box for an interference penalty.
New York had grabbed a 2-1 lead on Rucinsky's power-play goal with 11:28 remaining in the second period. Michael Nylander and Martin Straka received the assists.
The Devils were put a man down when John Madden was called for a hook.
The Rangers dominated play in the opening 20 minutes, but the teams entered the first intermission tied 1-1 despite producing a 13-1 New York advantage in shots.
Ward began the scoring five minutes into the game when he wheeled around the net and wrapped the puck past Brodeur from the left side. Officials first ruled that Brodeur stopped the shot, but the call was reversed on replay.
The Devils waited nearly 16 minutes for their first shot of the night, but struck gold when Kozlov redirected a blast from the point by Rafalski with 4:21 left in the period.
The Devils own a 10-1-5 record over the Rangers in the last 16 meetings between the teams...New York has won just once in its last nine visits to East Rutherford...Defenseman Tom Poti and right wing Jamie Lundmark were both healthy scratches for the Rangers...The teams will play again Thursday in Madison Square Garden.
10/09 00:31:36 ET