NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at New Jersey|
(Saturday, March 22nd)
Final Score: NY Rangers 2, New Jersey 0
Newark, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Henrik Lundqvist recorded his 50th career
shutout, a new franchise record, and helped the New York Rangers escape with a
2-0 win over the New Jersey Devils.
Posting a 21-save effort for his fifth shutout of the season, Lundqvist passed
Ed Giacomin for the most shutouts in franchise history and helped the Rangers
win for a fourth time in the past five games.
Rick Nash scored halfway through the second period, and Derek Stepan added an
empty-netter in the final moments as New York sits a point back of
Philadelphia for the second spot in the division.
"We had a real emotional game last night and another one here tonight," said
Nash. "The best part about tonight was hearing the fans cheering for us. This
was a fun game."
Martin Brodeur was solid in defeat, stopping 25-of-26 shots for the Devils,
who have lost four of their past five games to fall far back in the playoff
"We've got to regroup because we have a game tomorrow and it starts right
there," said New Jersey forward Stephen Gionta. "We're going to have to claw
our way back because we're not going to give up until the end."
The winning goal came at 10:33 of the second period, as Stepan fired a pass
from the right wing to the low left side that missed its target. The puck,
though, took a good bounce off the backboard and went to the circle for Nash,
who snapped it in for his 23rd goal of the season.
Lundqvist stopped 11 shots through the first two periods, then made the lead
holdup in the third with a 10-save stanza.
Andy Greene was called for tripping with 2:03 to play, but New Jersey pulled
Brodeur to make it 5-on-5.
The Devils had a great chance down low with around 40 seconds left as Travis
Zajac got a tip on net. Lundqvist made the initial save, then stopped a
Jaromir Jagr stuff on the rebound.
Stepan scored in the closing moments to seal the game.
The Rangers went 1-for-3 on the power play while the Devils failed on their
one chance ... New Jersey hosts Toronto on Sunday ... The Rangers host Phoenix
on Monday ... New Jersey took three of the five games against New York this
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