Rangers top Devils in shootout

March 19, 2008 6:57:54 PM PDT
Chris Drury scored the tying goal with 4:46 left in regulation, and Nigel Dawes beat Martin Brodeur in the shootout to give the New York Rangers a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night.New York tied Ottawa in points in the Eastern Conference playoff race but is still in sixth place on the basis of one fewer win. The Rangers improved to 6-0 this season against the conference-leading Devils, holding them to five goals in the process and winning three times after regulation.

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

The only blemish was Dainius Zubrus' power-play goal in the first period that looked as though it would be enough for New Jersey to finally top the Rangers.

Martin Brodeur 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, until Drury scored.

Just 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.

New Jersey leads Montreal by one point in the race for the top playoff seed in the East. The Devils are four points ahead of the Rangers in the Atlantic Division.

Working solely in the Rangers' zone during their first power play of the night, the Devils grabbed the lead at 6:05 of the first. 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 Rangers and one-timed a shot by Lundqvist.

That marked just the second time in six games with the Rangers this season that the Devils held a lead.


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