New York at New Jersey

Drury scores twice as Rangers drop Devils again


NEWARK, N.J. -- The days when the New Jersey Devils dominated the New York Rangers are gone.

Chris Drury scored two goals and Henrik Lundqvist made 33 saves as the Rangers beat the Devils for the fifth straight time, 3-1 on Friday night.

The Rangers have won all five meetings this season between the metropolitan-area rivals and Lundqvist has been a major part of that success. He was in net for all five wins, allowing only five goals.

"It's always fun to beat the New York-area teams," Lundqvist said. "We have three more games against these guys and they have been good games. They are a good team, but so far this year, we have really played our best every time we play them."

Lundqvist has two shutouts against New Jersey this season.

"He certainly played well," Devils coach Brent Sutter said. "He made some big saves for them. I thought we did a lot of good things here tonight. Obviously, we didn't score enough goals."

Brandon Dubinsky also scored the Rangers, who have won two straight -- on the road on consecutive nights.

"We've been a lot more disciplined lately," Drury said. "It's down to the wire here. We need to get points and we need to get wins. We're starting to build some momentum and we're starting to see how we have to play. It's defense first, and we'll go from there."

Zach Parise scored for the Devils, who have only two wins in their last seven games with all five losses coming on home ice.

Dubinsky scored the only goal of the opening period four minutes in with a drive from the top of the left circle.

The Rangers came close to adding a second goal with nine minutes remaining but Martin Brodeur denied Jaromir Jagr's wrist shot.

The Devils' best chance of the period came when Lundqvist stopped Patrik Elias just outside the Rangers crease with 2½ minutes left.

New Jersey outshot New York 15-9 in the first period.

New York extended the lead to 2-0 as Drury connected for a power-play goal at 2:06 of the second period. The Rangers applied continuous pressure after Devils defenseman Colin White was whistled for slashing at 1:05.

Seconds after Nigel Dawes hit the post, Drury scored with the man advantage with a goal that banked off Brodeur's leg. Scott Gomez, the former Devil, got the first assist for his 500th career point.

Parise cut the Rangers lead to 2-1 at 5:48 as a delayed penalty was about to be called on New York. Parise's snared his own rebound and chipped the puck past Lundqvist.

New Jersey held a 14-11 edge in shots in the second period.

The Rangers shut down the Devils in the third, limiting them to five shots.

Lundqvist preserved the win, stopping a stuff attempt by Parise in the closing seconds. Drury closed out the scoring with a power-play goal into an empty net with 3.7 seconds remaining for his 500th career point.


  • Rangers LW Marcel Hossa missed a fourth straight game with a back injury while D Marek Malik missed the game after suffering a knee injury and facial cuts in New York's 4-0 win over the Flyers in Philadelphia on Thursday.
  • The Devils had two healthy scratches: defensemen Andy Greene and Sheldon Brookbank. RW Jamie Langenbrunner returned after missing one game with flu-like symptoms.
  • Brodeur made his 10th straight start for the Devils. Lundqvist returned after getting a night off. Steve Valiquette was in goal Thursday night in Philadelphia in the Rangers' 4-0 shutout of the Flyers.
  • Ryan Hollweg of the Rangers and Devils D Vitaly Vishnevski got roughing penalties for a pushing-and-shoving scrum at the end of the second period.
  • The crowd was 17,625, the Devils' fifth sellout in the Prudential Center.
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Left winger Chris Drury scores his 14th and 15th goals of the season for the Rangers. (Getty Images)
Left winger Chris Drury scores his 14th and 15th goals of the season for the Rangers. (Getty Images)
NY Rangers  (26-22-6) «1113
New Jersey (28-20-3)0101
Three Stars
H. Lundqvist

Saves: 33
Save Pct.: .971
C. Drury

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
Z. Parise

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
04:00Brandon Dubinsky (8), Slap Shot, Unassisted.
02:06Chris Drury (14), Snap Shot. Assist: Scott Gomez, Daniel Girardi
05:48Zach Parise (19), Tip-In. Assist: Jamie Langenbrunner, Johnny Oduya
19:56Power Play - Chris Drury (15), Empty Net. Assist: Blair Betts
Penalty Summary
06:27Martin, 2 min, Kneeing
01:05White, 2 min, Slashing
10:24Gomez, 2 min, Hooking
20:00Vishnevski, 2 min, Roughing
20:00Hollweg, 2 min, Roughing
08:26Zubrus, 2 min, Tripping
19:28Zubrus, 2 min, Bench - Too Many Men on the Ice
Shots On Goal
New York911626
New Jersey1514534
Henrik Lundqvist60:00331
Martin Brodeur59:13232
Game Information
Attendance - 17625
Referees - Tim Peel, Kevin Pollock
Linesmen - David Brisebois, Darren Gibbs
Other Games
Buf 4 Final
Atl 5
Van 3 Final
Fla 4
Dal 4 Final
Edm 1
Colo 0 Final
Det 2
Ana 0 Final
StL 1