NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at NY Rangers
(Sunday, January 22nd)
Final Score: NY Rangers 3, New Jersey 1
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves and Michael Nylander's second-period goal was key, as the New York Rangers defeated the New Jersey Devils, 3-1, at Madison Square Garden.
Petr Prucha and Dominic Moore also scored for the Rangers, who have won three in a row. Martin Rucinsky had a pair of assists for New York, which improved to 4-2 in six meetings against the Devils this season.
Scott Gomez scored the lone goal for the Devils, who had a nine-game winning streak halted. Martin Brodeur finished with 30 saves as the Devils lost for the first time in 2006.
After Prucha gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead with a first-period, power-play goal, Nylander recorded an important goal in the second period to increase the advantage to 2-0.
Nylander, coming off the bench, took a pass from Jaromir Jagr at the blue line and skated in on Brodeur all alone. Nylander faked a wrister, pulled the puck across the crease and slid a backhander under the netminder with 4:54 left in the period.
"You know we were prepared more so than in the past games," said Jagr. "The first ten minutes they had seven minutes of power play. When we killed it and it works both ways. It gave us the momentum on our side and plus their top guys get tired."
Gomez cut the deficit to 2-1 in the third when he wristed a shot over the glove shoulder of Lundqvist from the left circle with 6:36 gone in the stanza.
The Rangers then held off a 6-on-5 in the final minute and Moore recorded an empty-net goal with 11 seconds left to ice the win.
New York fought off six power play chances by the Devils, including two 5- on-3s and a five-minute major.
"In this league now you have to and take advantage of those opportunities and we didn't do that today," said the Devils Patrik Elias. "We had chances. I don't think on the five on five any team was better. They scored on the power play and we didn't."
Darius Kasparatis' night was cut short for the Rangers when he was sent off nearly six minutes into the game when he hit Grant Marshall with an elbow, causing a concussion and forcing him to be helped off the ice. Marshall did not return.
The loss brought an end to the Devils' longest winning streak since capturing a franchise record-tying 13 in a row from February 26-March 23, 2001.
Lundqvist has won three straight games in net...The Rangers went 1-for-4 on the power play...The Rangers improved to 15-5-4 at home...This was the start of a four-game road trip for the Devils...Lundqvist became the first rookie goaltender to post 20 wins for the Rangers since Mike Richter had 21 during the 1990-91 season.
01/23 01:09:39 ET