NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at NY Rangers
(Sunday, December 17th)
Final Score: New Jersey 6, NY Rangers 1
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Patrik Elias and Sergei Brylin both scored a pair of goals, as the New Jersey Devils pounded the New York Rangers, 6-1, at Madison Square Garden in a battle between the top two teams in the Atlantic Division.
Jamie Langenbrunner and Zach Parise both posted a goal and two assists for the Devils, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Brian Gionta added two assists. Martin Brodeur stopped 35 shots in goal.
"Zack's been playing well," said Langenbrunner. "He comes to work every day and has been a huge player for us. "Obviously we count on him in key situations and he's delivered."
Petr Prucha scored the lone goal for the Rangers, who lost their second straight. Jaromir Jagr and Michal Rozsival recorded the assists. Kevin Weekes stopped 22-of-28 shots in defeat.
"It's very frustrating," said Weekes. "Regardless as to what age you are or what level, when you're a goalie, it's frustrating."
Elias scored with 34 seconds left in the first on a 5-on-3 when he blasted a slap shot past the netminder's shoulder on the power play.
Langenbrunner then scored on a slap shot unassisted on the power play 6:25 into the second period to give the Devils a 2-0 lead.
Prucha responded about a minute later on a backhander from the slot when he scored his first goal since November 10th. Jagr assisted the shot and moved into 19th place on the all-time assists list with 864.
Brylin scored on a slap shot 10:05 into the second off a feed from Parise to put New Jersey ahead, 3-1.
The Devils scored again on a 2-on-1 break. Parise took the puck down the right boards and found Brylin right in front of the crease for a backhander 1:49 into the third for his second straight goal.
Elias scored his second goal a tick over five minutes into the third when he tipped in a shot from in front of the crease. The goal was not awarded right away. After 3 1/2 minutes of play, the officials reviewed the shot and deemed it a goal. Parise then wristed in a shot with just under two minutes left to seal the win for Jersey.
New York won both previous meetings between the rivals this season, both of which took place at the Garden. The Rangers have also won five of their last seven regular-season matchups with the Devils as the home team...However, New Jersey won twice at MSG as part of a four-game sweep of New York in the opening round of last year's Eastern Conference playoffs.
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