NY Rangers 4, New Jersey 2

Boxscore | Recap
Monday, March 19, 2012 7:30 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
New Jersey 41-27-2-3 20-13-0-3 21-14-2-0 L2
NY Rangers 45-20-2-5 25-9-0-2 20-11-2-3 W1

Recap


RANGERS 4, DEVILS 2: Derek Stepan and Brandon Dubinsky collected a goal and an assist apiece and All-Star Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 20 shots as host New York won a physical contest to secure a postseason berth.
 
Mats Zuccarello scored for the second time in as many games and All-Star defenseman Dan Girardi also tallied for the Rangers, who split the six-game season series (3-3-0) and pulled three points ahead of idle Pittsburgh in the Atlantic Division.
 
The rivals didn't waste time renewing acquaintances as three fights erupted simultaneously three seconds into the contest. With New Jersey defenseman Bryce Salvador receiving a 10-minute misconduct for trying to pull Stu Bickell off a bloodied Ryan Carter, a total of 40 minutes of penalties were distributed.
 
After Patrik Elias trimmed the Rangers' lead to 2-1 at 5:03 of the second period with a sharp-angle shot, Zuccarello regained the two-goal advantage exactly 2 1/2 minutes later by cleaning up a loose puck on the doorstep for a power-play tally.
 
Veteran Petr Sykora brought the Devils back within one 3 1/2 minutes later after accepting a cross-slot feed and wiring a shot from the left faceoff circle past Lundqvist.
 
The Swedish netminder held the fort from there to hand New Jersey its third loss in four games.
 
GAME NOTEBOOK:
During a Feb. 7 contest, New Jersey's Cam Janssen fought Mike Rupp and Eric Boulton of the Devils tangled with Brandon Prust two seconds after the opening faceoff. ... New York, which entered the game with three power-play goals in 23 opportunities, went 1 for 3 with the man advantage on Monday. ... Ilya Kovalchuk notched an assist, but is still searching for his 400th career goal.

Top Game Performances

New Jersey   NY Rangers
Petr Sykora 2 Points Brandon Dubinsky 2
Petr Sykora 1 Goals Brandon Dubinsky 1
Petr Sykora 1 Assists Ryan Callahan 2
N/A Power Play Goals Mats Zuccarello 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Martin Brodeur .852 Save Percentage Henrik Lundqvist .909
Martin Brodeur 23 Saves Henrik Lundqvist 20

Team Stats Summary

 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
New Jersey 22 2 0-3 2-3 33 23
NY Rangers 27 4 1-3 3-3 23 34

Upcoming Games

  • NY Rangers will play their next game at home against Detroit . The Rangers have a W/L % of .636 after a win and .607 after a loss.
  • New Jersey will play their next game on the road against Ottawa . The Devils have a W/L % of .571 after a win and .548 after a loss.
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