The New Jersey Devils fell to the New York Rangers by a score of 4-2 on Monday evening. The Devils’ defense played atrocious hockey, and although Martin Brodeur was strong, his effort was not enough. The Atlantic Division rivals finished off their regular season series tonight–the Rangers and Devils both have three wins a side against each other.
Tonight’s game started off as you might have expected. Cam Janssen, Eric Boulton, and Ryan Carter (all of the Devils) were called for five minute fighting majors as they squared off against Mike Rupp, Stu Bickel, and Brandon Prust of the New York Rangers. Bryce Salvador was also given a ten minute misconduct penalty to start off the game. Martin Brodeur played solid in net, as he has for most of the season, and kept the Rangers off the board until 9:01 into the period. Brandon Dubinsky scored his eighth goal of the season to put the Rangers up by a score of 1-0. At the end of one period of play, the Rangers outshot the Devils (13-6) and led the game by a score of 1-0.
Physical play continued in the second period. Dan Girardi put the Rangers up 2-0 just 33 seconds into the period with his fifth goal of the season. Patrik Elias quickly answered with his 25th goal of the year to cut the deficit in half. Both teams swapped boarding penalties in the middle period; however, only the Rangers were successful on the power play. Mats Zuccarello scored his second goal of the year to put the Rangers back up by two 7:33 into the middle period. Petr Sykora answered for the Devils 11:08 into the period. Heading in to the third period, the Devils seemed energized and ready to come back.
Both teams continued strong, physical play in the third period. Martin Brodeur and Henrik Lundqvist played outstanding. However, the Rangers were able to put the game on ice with 1:10 to play as Derek Stepan scored his 16th goal of the year. Shortly afterwards, Broduer headed to the bench for the extra attacker; however, the Devils’ efforts were futile. Time ran out on New Jersey’s attempted comeback as the Devils fell by a score of 4-2.
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