NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at New Jersey
(Thursday, November 3rd)
Final Score: NY Rangers 4, New Jersey 2
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Michael Nylander scored two goals to lead the New York Rangers to a 4-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils at Continental Airlines Arena.
Jaromir Jagr gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead in the first period and later added an empty-netter and an assist for the Rangers, who have won three of their last four games. Kevin Weekes made 30 saves in the victory.
Brian Gionta and Jamie Langenbrunner both scored for New Jersey, which has lost two straight, including an overtime setback to Pittsburgh on Tuesday. Prior to that game, the Devils had won four of their previous six games.
The Devils continue to play without stalwart goaltender Martin Brodeur, who remained out of the lineup for the fourth straight game with a sprained right knee. Scott Clemmensen, who has started all four of those games, allowed three goals on 24 shots in the losing effort.
These two teams, separated by several miles, will meet again on Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.
"Every game we play against them is real important," said Gionta. "We need to get those points."
The Devils took a 1-0 lead in the first period when Langenbrunner capitalized on a turnover while New Jersey was shorthanded. From the neutral zone, Langenbrunner picked up the disc and used his speed to gain a breakaway and he beat Weekes for the unassisted marker at 4:06.
Later in the opening period, New York scored twice in a 47-second span for a one-goal edge.
The first of the two Ranger goals came on the power play. Gionta was whistled for tripping and the Rangers went to work on the man advantage. Nylander held the puck near the left half-wall and fed a pass to Martin Straka along the goal line. Straka quickly gave the puck back to a cutting Nylander, whose one- timer from below the circle beat Clemmensen at 14:05.
Only 47 seconds later, the Rangers scored again on a nice individual effort by Jagr, who beat a Devil defenseman for position on a long dump in, maneuvered around down low and muscled home his 13th goal of the season for a 2-1 lead.
The only goal of the middle stanza was scored by Nylander. With 10:38 remaining, Jagr was behind the net and flipped the disc up in the air. After deflecting off two sticks, Nylander batted it into the cage and his fourth tally of 2005-06 made it a 3-1 New York advantage.
Midway through the final period, solid concentration by Gionta led to his seventh goal. Skating on the power play, a one-timer from the point by Vladimir Malakhov hit the rear boards and bounced in the air to the far side of the net to the left of Weekes. Gionta, coming in from the left circle, batted the puck out of midair and lit the lamp at the 9:19 mark.
"It came back off the end boards and the glass and back over the net," Gionta said.
Soon after, Gionta nearly tied it up when he took a great centering pass and fired a one-timer from the low slot, but Weekes made a nice stick save with under eight minutes remaining in regulation.
"I thought we had some chances, but we didn't get it past the goaltender," said Devils coach Larry Robinson. "We had it in their zone and we had shots, but they didn't go in."
Jagr's goal into the vacant net with 18 ticks to play capped the scoring.
Brodeur had started 68 straight games against the Blueshirts before this game, which marked the first time that a goaltender other than Brodeur started against the Ranger since December 5, 1993 when the Devil netminder was Chris Terreri...Langenbrunner and Gionta both scored in Tuesday's game as well...New Jersey forward Alexander Mogilny played in his 100th game as a Devil...Despite the victory, New York is only 2-6-2 in its last 10 trips at New Jersey...The Rangers were 1-for-4 on the power play, while the Devils were 1-for-5 with the extra skater.
11/04 00:21:20 ET