New York at New Jersey

Rangers rally to win in shootout, continue mastery of Devils


NEWARK, N.J. -- For so long, the New York Rangers had no answers for Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils.

Now, even late deficits on the road don't rattle these Rangers.

Chris Drury scored the tying goal with 4:46 left in regulation, and Nigel Dawes beat Brodeur in the shootout to give the Rangers a 2-1 victory against the Devils on Wednesday night.

New York improved to 6-0 on the season against the Devils and closed within four points of New Jersey, the leader in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference.

"We're going to have to beat them sooner or later," said Devils forward Zach Parise, who missed on the final shot of the shootout. "They've gotten a little closer than we'd like them to be. They really played well and limited our chances."

The Rangers appeared to have no chance to dent Brodeur, who was sharp in making 20 saves and was in line for his 97th NHL shutout.

He faced only mild pressure from the Rangers, who rarely got quality scoring chances. Many drives came from sharp angles or were blocked well before they could get in on goal.

Only 18 seconds after the Rangers' fourth failed power play expired, Drury tied it. Ryan Callahan swooped out from behind the net and fed a pretty left-to-right pass that Drury buried behind Brodeur with 4:46 left.

"There wasn't a lot of space," Drury said. "It seems like anytime you get a shot, there are sticks or bodies in the way."

New York tied Ottawa in points in the Eastern Conference playoff race but is still in sixth place on the basis of one fewer victory.

The Rangers have held the Devils to five goals this season and have beaten them three times after regulation. New York is 12-2-3 in its past 17 and has gone to shootouts in five of nine -- winning four.

Dawes had the only goal in the shootout, and Henrik Lundqvist turned aside Jamie Langenbrunner, Brian Gionta and Parise in the tiebreaker after making 17 saves.

Lundqvist credited Drury for getting the game that far.

"He just finds a way to be at the right place at the right time," said Lundqvist, who earned his 100th NHL victory Tuesday in a 5-2 home victory against Pittsburgh. "He just gets sharper and sharper. You get a really good feeling when you see him out there."

The only blemish was Dainius Zubrus' power-play goal in the first period that looked as though it would be enough. New Jersey leads Montreal by one point in the race for the top playoff seed in the East.

"We're not in the playoffs yet, so every point that we get is closer to a playoff spot," Brodeur said. "Definitely we're happy about getting one point. We wish we could have two."

Working solely in the Rangers' zone during their first power play, the Devils grabbed the lead at 6:05. Mike Rupp played the puck behind the New York net and fed a quick pass in front to Zubrus, who cut from the right wing boards between a pair of defenders and one-timed a shot by Lundqvist.

That marked only the second time this season the Devils held a lead against the Rangers.

Brodeur faced only five shots in the period and made his best save by swatting away Martin Straka's shot after the Rangers forward was sent in alone off a stretch pass from defenseman Michal Rozsival from the New York blue line.

The Rangers outshot the Devils 9-4 in the second and nearly scored with the help of some deflections. The first came when Brendan Shanahan's drive struck the leg of New Jersey defenseman Colin White, which forced Brodeur to make a diving save with his glove.

About four minutes later, Fedor Tyutin's drive hit Brodeur and then the post but stayed out.

Lundqvist saw only 10 shots through 40 minutes, despite New Jersey having three power plays.

Dawes has been quite a find in the shootout. After failing on his first attempt of the season with the Rangers, Dawes has scored on four of five opportunities -- including a pair of winners.

He got Brodeur this time with a sliding shot between the pads. It was a lucky one, according to the Devils goalie.

"Well, he missed the shot," he said. "He was going to shoot it, I think low blocker and it kind of hit and went off his heel low. My stick was off the ice because I was reading something else."

Dawes chuckled and politely disagreed.

"I might not have gotten as much on it as I wanted to, but my intention was to go 5-hole," Dawes said. "I wanted to try to get him to freeze a little bit, and I got him with a good fake. Then I wanted to get him as he was trying to reset."


  • Devils LW Patrik Elias, who missed the Saturday game at Colorado due to a knee injury, was out again because of an illness. D Bryce Salvador was also scratched due to an injury.
  • Former Devils C Scott Gomez heard boos every time he touched the puck. It was his third game in New Jersey since signing with the archrival Rangers.
  • New York was 0-for-4 on the power play and has connected only once in 23 chances over seven games.
  • Dawes said he was 0-for-4 on shootouts at Hartford (AHL).
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Chris Drury exults after stuffing home Ryan Callahan's feed past Martin Brodeur to tie the game.  (AP)
Chris Drury exults after stuffing home Ryan Callahan's feed past Martin Brodeur to tie the game. (AP)
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Three Stars
M. Brodeur

Saves: 20
Save Pct.: .952
D. Zubrus

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
C. Drury

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
06:05Power Play - Dainius Zubrus (12), Slap Shot. Assist: Michael Rupp, Sergei Brylin
15:14Chris Drury (23), Wrist Shot. Assist: Ryan Callahan, Martin Straka
 Nigel Dawes (4), GOAL
Penalty Summary
35.0Avery, 5 min, Fighting
35.0Clarkson, 5 min, Fighting
05:13Rozsival, 2 min, High-Sticking
10:50Vishnevski, 2 min, Hooking
47.0Zubrus, 2 min, Hooking
08:10Straka, 2 min, Hooking
17:25Tyutin, 2 min, Interference
19:43Mottau, 2 min, Hooking
02:14Orr, 2 min, Interference
12:56Rupp, 2 min, Holding
Shots On Goal
New York59519
New Jersey64717
Henrik Lundqvist 65:0017130
Martin Brodeur 65:0020131
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
NY Rangers0-for-0
New Jersey1-for-2
Game Information
Attendance - 17625
Referees - Mike Hasenfratz, Wes McCauley
Linesmen - Michel Cormier, Tim Nowak
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Buf 7
Colu 1 Final
Det 3
Wash 0 Final
Chi 5
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SJ 4
Ana 2 Final
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