NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, February 21st
(All times eastern)
New Jersey Devils (30-17-11-1) at New York Rangers (22-27-7-4), 1 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Fresh off a spirited win over one rival, the New York
Rangers will take on another today when they welcome the New Jersey Devils to
Madison Square Garden.
On Thursday, Mark Messier and Matthew Barnaby each posted a goal and an
assist in the first period, igniting the Rangers to a 6-2 victory over the
Islanders in a fight-fest at MSG.
Jaromir Jagr, Bobby Holik and Petr Nedved all contributed a goal and an assist
while Alexei Kovalev also scored for the Rangers, who stopped a three-game
losing streak. Tom Poti added four assists.
Mike Dunham turned aside 30 shots in the victory, the fifth in five meetings
this season for the Rangers over their bitter rivals from Long Island.
The Rangers, with 55 points, are 11 behind the Isles for the final playoff
spot in the Eastern Conference. They haven't made the playoffs since 1997.
The Rangers, who had lost five of their previous six at MSG, will host
Montreal on Monday.
New Jersey, meanwhile, had a three-game unbeaten streak snapped with a 3-1
loss in Washington on Thursday. Olaf Kolzig made 43 saves and Matt Pettinger
snapped a late second-period tie with a breakaway goal for the Capitals.
Patrik Elias scored the lone goal for New Jersey, which is 2-1-1 in its last
four tries. Scott Clemmensen got a rare start in the New Jersey net in place
of Martin Brodeur and finished with 23 saves.
Brodeur took a night off for just the fourth time this season.
New Jersey, with 72 points, trails first-place Philadelphia by six in the
Atlantic Division race. The Devs are sixth in the Eastern Conference standings
-- five behind Boston and Ottawa.
The Devils will open a three-game homestand Sunday against Calgary.
The Rangers snapped an 11-game series winless streak (0-6-5) with a 3-1 win in
Jersey on February 11.
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