Game 73 Live Game Blog: Devils Lose, 4-3, In Shootout

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The Devils and the Rangers, tied 3-3, will head to a shootout in tonight’s game at the Prudential Center.

Christensen SCORES on Rangers first attempt.

Parise MISSES on Devils first attempt.

Anisimov MISSES on Rangers second attempt

Elias MISSES on Devils second attempt

Dubinsky MISSES on Rangers third attempt

Zajac MISSES on Devils third attempt

Rangers win shootout, 1-0, and win game, 4-3.

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Chris Drury scored with 16 seconds left to tie the game, 3-3.

Erik Christensen made a nice pass for the goal. Possessing the puck behind the net, Christensen put a backhand pass through the legs of defenseman Colin White and to the crease. Drury one-timed the puck through the Brodeur’s legs for his 12th goal of the season.

The Devils led in shots through three periods, 37-27.

Langenbrunner’s goal at 12:57 puts the Devils ahead, 3-2.

Elias sent a backhanded pass to Langenbrunner along the blue line. The captain skated the puck into the left circle and blasted a puck past Lundqvist for his 17th goal of the season.

Elias missed his second breakaway opportunity 50 seconds before the goal. Skoula found Elias with a long pass from the defensive zone. Elias came in alone and tried to put the puck through Lundqvist’s pads. The Rangers’ goalie closed the pads and denied the goal.

Artem Anisimov’s goal at 9:40 of the third period tied the game at two.

Anisimov’s goal came from a bad defensive play by Bryce Salvador. With Brandon Prust and Salvador racing for the puck in the Devils zone, Salvador decided to try and play Prust instead of the puck. Prust skated by Salvador and sent a centering pass to Anisimov at the front of the net. Anisimov held the puck, and Brodeur went down to the butterfly. Anisimov lifted the puck over a helpless Brodeur and into the net for his 12th goal of the season.

The Devils are finding success with long-ice passes. With the Rangers trailing, the Devils forwards are able to get past the pinching defenseman. As a result, they’ve had some great scoring chances in the third period.

Elias’ goal at 3:53 of the period gave the Devils a lead, 2-1.

Clarkson collected a loose puck behind the net and skated it to the side boards. Elias, coming off the bench, found an open spot in the slot. He one-timed Clarkson’s pass over the glove of Lundqvist for his 14th goal of the season.

Brodeur made a great save to keep this game tied at one. With the Rangers getting possession behind the net, the puck came to Ollie Jokinen in the slot. The center rifled a shot on goal, but Brodeur stopped the shot with his mask for the save.

Ryan Callahan is out for the rest of the game after re-aggravated a leg or hip injury.

Brandon Dubinsky’s powerplay goal at 7:32 of the second period tied the game at one.

With Rolston in the box for interference, Dubinsky collected a loose puck behind the net. He skated to the side boards and passed the puck to Michael Del Zotto, who passed the puck right back on a give-and-go. Dubinsky skated into the right circle and shot the puck through a screen and into the net for his 17th goal of the season.

Ilya Kovalchuk scored at 5:21 of the first period to give the Devils a lead.

The Devils moved into the zone with a 3-on-2 rush, and Brian Rolston put a slap shot on goalie Henrik Lundqvist. The puck bounced off the heel of his glove, and Kovalchuk put the rebound through Lundqvist’s pads for his 38th goal of the year.

Rolston’s assist was his first point in seven games.

The Devils outshot the Rangers, 10-8, in the second period. They hold an advantage in total shots, 21-12.

The Devils were badly outplayed during the first part of the second period. But the team woke up and played a solid game during the latter half of the period. Also, Martin Brodeur played well in the second period. There was nothing he could do on the goal against, and he made several incredible saves during that period.

The Devils had two great opportunities to take the lead. Parise had a goal disallowed at 10:19 of the second period. Jamie Langenbrunner drove to the front of the net and tried to pass the puck to Parise on the crease. With the puck spinning behind Parise, he turned around to find the puck. It bounced off of his shoulder and found the back of the net. On a video review, the league ruled he intentionally put the puck in using his shoulder.

A few seconds before that chance, Patrik Elias had a great opportunity to give the Devils a lead. With Zach Parise in the box for holding the stick, Martin Skoula cleared the puck out of the zone. Elias got behind the defense and broke in alone on Lundqvist. Lundqvist tried a poke check and missed, but recovered and stopped Elias with his right pad for the save.

The Rangers have come out with a sense of urgency in the second period. After being outshot, 11-4, in the first period, the Rangers lead the shot total, 7-2.

The game has been chippy throughout, as Devils and Rangers game tend to be. Jody Shelly and Andrew Peters dropped the gloves at 9:01 of the first period. Shelly landed most of the punches, but Peters knocked him to the ice with a solid right to end the fight.

After a 3-for-6 night with the man advantage, the Devils failed to score in their first two powerplay attempts.

David Clarkson and Sean Avery exchanged words during the pre-game warmups, and looked like they may fight right off the opening faceoff. Clarkson grabbed Avery’s jersey, but no one dropped the gloves. The players were eventually split.

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Here were the starting lineups:

Devils:

Dainius Zubrus – Rob Neidermayer – David Clarkson; Martin Skoula – Paul Martin; Martin Brodeur

Rangers:

Sean Avery – Chris Drury – Ryan Callahan; Marc Stall – Michael Rosival; Henrik Lundqvist

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The Devils enter tonight’s game with a chance to clinch a playoff berth. If the Devils can earn a point in tonight’s game and the Thrashers lose in regulation, the Devils will officially be in the playoffs.

The team needs at least one point to move ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins for first in the Atlantic Division.

The Rangers enter the game five points behind the Boston Bruins for eighth in the Eastern Conference.

The Devils lead the season series with the Rangers, 3-2. This is the final game of the six-game series.

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Jay Pandolfo and Andrew Peters will suit up tonight, replacing Rod Pelley and Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond on the fourth line. Mark Fraser and Anssi Salmela remain healthy scratches on the defensive end.

Here are tonight’s line combinations:

forwards

Zach Parise – Patrik Elias – Jamie Langenbrunner

Ilya Kovalchuk – Travis Zajac – Brian Rolston

Dainius Zubrus – Rob Niedermayer – David Clarkson

Andrew Peters – Dean McAmmond – Jay Pandolfo

defenseman

Bryce Salvador – Andy Greene

Colin White – Mike Mottau

Martin Skoula – Paul Martin

netminder

Martin Brodeur

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