NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at NY Rangers
(Saturday, November 5th)
Final Score: NY Rangers 3, New Jersey 2 (SO)
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Petr Prucha scored in a sudden death shootout and added a goal in regulation, leading the New York Rangers to a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden.
Blair Betts sent the game into overtime with a goal midway through the third period and Kevin Weekes made 23 saves for the Rangers, who have won four of their last five games.
The Rangers swept a home-and-home set with New Jersey and improved to 3-1 versus the Devils this season, including wins in the last three meetings.
"You're going to get types of games like this when you play back-to-back games in your division," Devils head coach Larry Robinson said.
Brian Gionta scored a pair of goals to lead New Jersey, losers of three straight. Scott Clemmensen was peppered with 37 shots and stopped 35.
After a scoreless opening period, New Jersey grabbed a 1-0 lead on Gionta's first goal of the game, a power-play tally, just 1:40 into the second period.
Gionta then gave the Devils a 2-0 advantage midway through the second when New York gave away the puck inside the New Jersey zone. Gionta hustled for the loose puck at center ice, skated in on Weekes and wristed a shot just inside the far post for his ninth goal of the season.
The Rangers, however, got on the board courtesy of Prucha's power-play marker at the 16:28 mark of the second period. Jaromir Jagr was stationed along the right boards and slipped a cross-ice pass in front to Prucha, who stuffed the puck past Clemmensen's right leg pad.
"It's tough to win in this league," Clemmensen said. "I was disappointed again that we didn't get the win."
Betts then pulled New York even with a goal at 10:08 of the third period. He beat Clemmensen for his third goal of the season.
The rest of the third period was bland and overtime was needed. After a scoreless extra period, Devils forward Alexander Mogilny was stopped on the first try of the shootout. Martin Straka then missed for the Rangers, followed by Viktor Kozlov's wrister into Weekes' pads.
Michael Nylander opened the scoring in the shootout on a backhand shot past Clemmensen, but Gionta was hot and scored the same way on Weekes. Jagr then hit the left post to force a sudden death shootout.
After Jamie Langenbrunner was stoned by Weekes, Prucha won the game with a wrister between Clemmensen's pads.
"I tried to get the puck between his legs," Prucha said. "I didn't have a plan, I just threw the puck on net and it went in. I'm excited."
Gionta has four goals in his last three games, including three in a row...Jagr is riding a 12-game scoring streak with 19 points during that span...The Devils were 1-for-5 on the power play, while New York ended 1-for-6...Devils defenseman Colin White returned to the lineup after missing eight games with a pulled groin...The Rangers have scored at least one power-play goal in 13 of 15 games this season, going 7-3-3 in those contests...Gionta has eight career two-goal games.
11/05 17:12:57 ET