NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at New Jersey|
(Tuesday, March 19th)
Final Score: NY Rangers 3, New Jersey 2
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Rick Nash scored the deciding goal 7:25 into the
second period, and Henrik Lundqvist made the lead stand as the New York
Rangers posted a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils in a key Atlantic
Division clash from the Prudential Center.
Michael Del Zotto assisted on Nash's game-winner while delivering a
short-handed goal earlier on for New York, with Lundqvist coming up with 29
saves to help the Rangers win for a second straight night following a three-
Carl Hagelin also scored for New York, which moved into a tie with the
struggling Devils for the eighth and final playoff spot.
"It seems like every game we play a team that we have to pick up points
against, so I think we're aware of the situation," said Devils forward Travis
Zajac and Anton Volchenkov had the goals for New Jersey, with Johan Hedberg
stopping 19-of-22 shots in the Devils' third consecutive setback.
Twelve of Lundqvist's saves came during a busy second period, and his turning
away of Steve Bernier's backhander near the end of a Devils' power play led to
an odd-man rush in which Nash skated up the right wing and beat Hedberg to the
stick side to break a 2-2 deadlock.
Lundqvist made seven more stops in the final session, and the Rangers were
able to successfully kill off the lone penalty of the period to stay in front
until the final horn.
"I thought we stuck with it," Rangers head coach John Tortorella said
afterward. "Henrik makes three great saves in that second period, (then) we go
down and score."
Del Zotto scored shorthanded with a little over eight minutes left in an
action-packed opening period, with the New York defenseman tipping home a pass
Derek Stepan threw on net after forcing a turnover deep in the Devils' zone
for a 1-0 edge.
The Devils fared far better on their second power-play opportunity. Shortly
after winning a faceoff, Zajac fired a loose puck through the legs of
Lundqvist to tie the contest 4:45 prior to the first intermission.
That started off a sequence of three goals between the teams within a span of
under two minutes.
New York regained the upper hand with 3:50 to go in the frame, when Dan
Girardi blasted a shot wide of the net that caromed right to Hagelin for a
stuff-in into an open left side.
The lead was short-lived, though, as Volchenkov ripped a wicked shot from the
left point that landed just inside the right post a mere 57 seconds after
Hedberg started despite the Devils activating Martin Brodeur from injured
reserve prior to the game, with fellow goaltender Jeff Frazee reassigned to
AHL Albany in a corresponding move. Brodeur has not played since Feb. 21 due
to a sore back ... Center Andrei Loktionov missed a second straight outing for
New Jersey due to an undisclosed injury ... The Rangers improved to 9-3-2 in
one-goal games this season, while the Devils fell to 3-10-4 when allowing the
game's first tally ... Volchenkov's goal was his first since March 11 of last
season, which took place against Philadelphia.
03/19 23:36:06 ET