New York, NY (Sports Network) - Brandon Dubinsky and Derek Stepan posted a
goal and an assist apiece to lead the New York Rangers to a 4-2 win over the
New Jersey Devils in an Atlantic Division battle.
The win clinched a playoff berth for the Rangers as the team became just the
second in the NHL and first in the Eastern Conference to earn a spot in the
Dan Girardi and Mats Zuccarello each scored a goal for the Rangers, who had
dropped five of their last seven coming in. Henrik Lundqvist posted 20 saves
in the win.
This was a much-needed win for the Rangers as they have the Penguins and
Flyers hot on their tails.
In a very crowded Atlantic Division, the Rangers now have 97 points and hold a
three-point lead over Pittsburgh and five-point lead over Philadelphia. The
Rangers lead Boston by 10 points for the top overall spot in the Eastern
Petr Sykora and Patrik Elias each posted a goal for the Devils, who have lost
three of their last four. Martin Brodeur gave up all four goals on 27 shots in
New Jersey sits in the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference with 87 points,
three more than idle Ottawa.
New York needed just 71 seconds to take the lead on Dubinsky's eighth of the
year. Stepan had the puck down the right wing and tried to pass it, but it
rolled off his stick. He was able to reach out, though, and pass it to the
slot where Dubinsky shot it low past Brodeur.
The score stayed that way until 33 seconds into the second period when Girardi
gathered the puck in the high slot, skated over to the top of the right circle
and fired a shot that hit off the right pad of Brodeur and went in.
The Devils made it a one-goal game at the 5:03 mark of the second when Patrik
Elias' shot from a sharp angle at the left side hit off the right shoulder of
Lundqvist and went in.
New York got the goal back exactly 2 1/2 minutes later, on the power play.
Brad Richards fired a shot from the right point that Ryan Callahan got a stick
on with Zuccarello finishing the play in front for his second of the year.
However, the Devils again scored to make it a one-goal game when Marek
Zidlicky sent a pass from the right boards over to the top of the left circle
where Sykora let fly with a wrister for his 17th of the year.
New Jersey was unable to net the equalizer in the third period and the Rangers
sealed the win with 1:10 to play shortly after a power play expired when
Dubinsky fired a shot on net from the high slot that Stepan redirected out of
New York hosts Detroit on Wednesday...The Devils play in Ottawa on
Tuesday...This was the final game of the season between these two teams. Each
club won twice, but the Rangers gained seven points due to one shootout
loss...New York went 1-for-3 on the power play while New Jersey was 0-for-3.
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