NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at New Jersey|
(Tuesday, February 5th)
Final Score: New Jersey 3, NY Rangers 1
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - David Clarkson registered two goals and an
assist, while Martin Brodeur stopped all but one of the 25 shots he faced, to
help the New Jersey Devils earn a 3-1 victory over the New York Rangers in a
rematch of the Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday at Prudential Center.
Adam Henrique also lit the lamp and Patrik Elias added a trio of assists for
the Devils, who have won two straight on the heels of a four-game skid.
"It'd be nice to get but at the end of the day, it doesn't really matter,"
Clarkson said of falling a goal shy of his first career hat trick. "The most
important thing is that win and how the team did."
Chris Kreider scored the lone New York goal and Henrik Lundqvist was charged
with all three goals on 22 shots in the setback, the Rangers' second in their
last three games.
"We have some guys on our hockey club that are really playing hard, and we
have some guys that look scared and tentative," New York coach John Tortorella
remarked. "I'll tell you right now we're not waiting. We don't play careful
New Jersey struck first five minutes into the contest, as Clarkson made a nice
backhand feed from behind the net to Henrique just inside the left circle and
the 22-year-old center one-timed a shot high over Lundqvist to make it 1-0.
After the Devils killed off a double-minor at the 13:09 mark, New Jersey's
aggressive forecheck kept the pressure on deep in New York's zone and a loose
puck ended up in the slot, where Clarkson recovered it and ripped a shot past
Lundqvist for a 2-0 lead with 53 seconds left.
New York controlled the play in the second and outshot the Devils 9-4 in the
frame, but Brodeur turned away all nine shots to maintain New Jersey's two-
New Jersey then padded its lead while on the power play just under three
minutes into the third when Clarkson pounded home a rebound from in front off
an Andy Greene blast from the point.
The Rangers finally cracked the scoreboard at the 6:28 mark when Kreider
wristed a shot from the left dot that snuck high over the short-side shoulder
of Brodeur to bring New York within 3-1.
However, the hosts would pull no closer, as Brodeur stood tall between the
pipes to preserve the Devils' two-goal edge.
The Devils ousted top-seeded New York in six games last spring to earn a trip
to the Stanley Cup Finals ... New York forward J.T. Miller, the 15th overall
pick of the 2011 draft, made his NHL debut and finished with two shots in over
14 minutes of ice time ... New York finished 0-for-5 on the power play, while
New Jersey went 1-for-4 ... New York defenseman Dan Girardi did not play
because he is "banged up", according to the team.
02/05 23:12:14 ET