NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at New Jersey
(Wednesday, November 14th)
Final Score: NY Rangers 4, New Jersey, 2
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Jaromir Jagr tallied a goal and an assist as the New York Rangers downed the New Jersey Devils, 4-2, in an Atlantic Division battle at Prudential Center.
Marc Staal scored his first career goal while Scott Gomez added two assists for the Rangers, who have won three straight and seven of eight.
Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves for New York, which has won all three games against New Jersey this season.
"We did a good job with the puck tonight and a good job on the boards," said Jagr. "I thought we played very good hockey. We cycled the puck well. We didn't give them too much to work with tonight."
Jamie Langenbrunner, playing his first game of the season, scored both goals while Martin Brodeur made 19 stops for the Devils, who have dropped four of six.
Langenbrunner missed the entire preseason and the first 17 games of the regular season for the Devils after having a sports hernia surgery two months ago.
"We didn't compete like we needed to compete," said Langenbrunner. "They pretty much scored at will. Our power play wasn't effective tonight and we need that. We got to figure out a way to string some wins together."
Langenbrunner wasted little time in getting his first goal of the season. On his first shift, Johnny Oduya blasted a shot from the right point that Lundqvist made a save on, but Langenbrunner was sitting on the doorstep and banged in the rebound just 35 seconds into the game.
However, the Rangers had a quick answer as Nigel Dawes skated in on a 2-on-1 with Petr Prucha and slid a soft shot between the pads of Brodeur just 50 seconds later.
Both the goaltenders held their ground after the goal as the teams skated into the second period tied.
The Rangers struck quickly in the second to take the lead. Jagr brought the puck out from the right boards and made a quick move to get past the defender. From the slot he snapped a shot on net that Brodeur stopped, but Brandon Dubinsky pounced on the rebound and backhanded it into the net just 61 seconds in.
New York appeared to take a 3-1 lead with 6:06 left in the second as Jagr flicked a low shot between the legs of a defender and on net, but Brodeur had his left arm along the ice and kept the puck out of the net. The play was reviewed, but the call on the ice was upheld.
Jagr, though, did get a goal with just 34 seconds left in the middle session. With Oduya in the box for slashing, he flipped the disc out front, but it hit off the left webbing and came right back to Jagr, and he stuffed the puck into the net.
Lundqvist made eight saves in the second period, including a couple of shots down low from Zach Parise late in the period, to keep New Jersey from scoring.
The Rangers padded their lead 4:13 into the third period as Staal's wrister from the left circle hit off the right post and into the net.
"I grew up watching him (Brodeur) so getting it against him is a little added bonus," said Staal about his first goal.
The Devils cut into their deficit as Langenbrunner backhanded a rebound past Lundqvist from the low right circle with 12:31 to play.
Brian Gionta had an opportunity to make it a one-goal game with about six minutes left as he skated in on a breakaway from center ice, but Lundqvist calmly knocked the shot that was looking for the right corner out of the way.
New Jersey defenseman Paul Martin left the game with lower body soreness...The Rangers play in Philadelphia on Thursday...The Devils host the Islanders on Friday...The Rangers went 1-for-5 on the power play while the Devils failed to score on any of their five chances...Brodeur is still stuck at 499 career wins...It was Langenbrunner's 15th career two-goal game.
11/14 22:52:07 ET