NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at New Jersey
(Tuesday, February 6th)
Final Score: New Jersey 3, NY Rangers 2 (SO)
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Brian Gionta scored the only goal of the shootout, as the New Jersey Devils topped the New York Rangers, 3-2, at Continental Airlines Arena.
Paul Martin and Zach Parise scored for the Devils, winners of three straight games. Martin Brodeur stopped 28 shots in regulation and all three he faced in the shootout to earn his 33rd win of the season.
Karel Rachunek and Jaromir Jagr tallied goals for the Rangers, who have lost their last four contests. Henrik Lundqvist halted only 19-of-21 shots in regulation then gave up the lone goal in the final round to drop to 21-19-2 on the year.
Gionta's game-winner on New Jersey's first shootout chance was typical of the diminutive winger, as he held until Lundqvist dropped to his knees at the left side of the net before lifting a perfect backhander high into the net.
Brodeur then sewed up the victory by stopping Michael Nylander, Brendan Shanahan and Matt Cullen on successive chances.
"It was a big win," Devils head coach Claude Julien said. "Obviously we knew we could have played a little bit better. We did play against a team that is desperate to get some wins to get into the playoffs. We knew it was going to be a tough night, and it was."
The game started as it ended, with a Devils tally.
In a four-on-four situation, Jersey took a 1-0 lead with 5 1/2 minutes left in the first as Scott Gomez dished to Martin whose shot dipped right in front of the Rangers' net fooling Lundqvist, who was unable to snag it with his glove.
The Rangers answered 75 seconds later on a shortened power play, as Rachunek's knuckling one-timer from the bottom of the left circle zipped through Brodeur.
"We finally got a power-play goal, and when you're going 'oh-for,' game after game after game, one is better than nothing, but certainly it's not good enough," said Rangers head coach Tom Renney.
It was a 2-1 Devils lead with 1:42 left in the second, as Parise muscled a shot through Lundqvist off Jamie Langenbrunner's pass from the left circle.
On a great individual effort 1:38 into the third, Jagr drew the Rangers even. After a Devils defenseman sticked aside his initial shot attempt from the top of the left circle, Jagr followed the puck behind the goal line, turned, and shot the puck off Brodeur and into the net.
New Jersey has won six of the last 10 meetings...The Devils are 19-4-4 at home this year...It was the first appearance in a Rangers uniform for enforcer Sean Avery, who picked up a first-period assist on Rachunek's goal...This was the second shootout between the teams this season, with each side winning once ...The Devils improved to 6-6 in the shootout, while the Rangers fell to 5-2...New Jersey moved to 2-0 on its season-long six-game homestand.
02/06 23:53:24 ET