NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at NY Rangers
(Thursday, October 25th)
Final Score: NY Rangers 2, New Jersey 0
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Henrik Lundqvist's hot play of late finally netted the Rangers a much-needed win as he posted his second shutout of the season in a 2-0 win over New Jersey at Madison Square Garden.
Lundqvist made 22 saves for his ninth career shutout and he has now allowed just one goal in the last three games. However, the previous two games were both 1-0 losses as he allowed one goal against Pittsburgh on Tuesday and gave up just a shootout goal in a loss to Boston last Saturday.
Nigel Dawes scored both goals for the Rangers, who snapped a four-game losing streak.
"When you're going out there you don't think about it too much," said Dawes. "I was just trying to contribute any way that I could. It was nice to get the win."
Martin Brodeur had his best game of the season as he made 29 saves, but it was not enough for the Devils, who ended their nine-game road trip to start the season with a 3-5-1 record.
"I felt good out there tonight," said Brodeur. "Of course it would have felt better to get the win."
New Jersey opens the doors at its new home, the Prudential Center in Newark, on Saturday when the team will host Ottawa.
The Rangers snapped their scoring drought just 57 seconds into the game. A clearing attempt hit a Devil player at the right blueline to keep the puck in the zone. Brendan Shanahan grabbed the puck and swept it to Dawes, who wristed it home from the slot for his first goal of the season.
"Shanny made a good play to get it over and I just wanted to get a good shot on net and I think it fooled him (Brodeur) a bit," said Dawes.
The goal was the first in 126 minutes, 57 seconds for New York. The last time the team scored a goal was with one minute left in last Thursday's 5-3 loss to Atlanta.
Lundqvist made nine saves in the opening period to hold the Devils off the scoreboard.
Neither side lit the lamp in the second period as Lundqvist made six saves and Brodeur nine.
However, Brodeur was the main reason why there were no goals in the frame.
A bit over six minutes in, Chris Drury skated in on a breakaway and deked to the backhand, but Brodeur used the stick to turn the shot away.
Then with about eight minutes to play in the frame, Drury sent a pair of shots on net that Brodeur stopped, including a beautiful glove save on a backhand shot from down low.
New Jersey was pressuring throughout much of the third period, but Lundqvist was up to the challenge as he stopped all seven shots he saw in the frame, including a nice blocker save on a Sergei Brylin wrister about six minutes in.
The Rangers sealed the win with a power-play goal as Dawes had the puck at the right boards, skated to the right circle and rifled a wrister into the right corner with 3:53 to play.
The Rangers host Toronto on Saturday...The Devils took five of eight games against the Rangers last season...Brandon Dubinsky's assist on Dawes' second goal was his first career point in the NHL...The Rangers went 1-for-4 on the power play while New Jersey failed to score on any of its four chances.
10/25 22:47:42 ET