Devils fall to Rangers
Niedermayer and Zajac (PPG) score in 3-2 loss to Rangers
Rangers ice with 1:51 left. Devils are controlling the play.
Rangers ice it again with 2:02 left. These final four minutes have been all Devils in NY territory.
Drury ices it with 3:30 left. Devils gaining some ground here with possession in Rangers' zone.
Devils looking for the equalizer with 5:26 left in 3rd.
Clarkson and Aaron Voros wrap up at the benches, both off for roughing with 8:47 left in 3rd.
Brodeur with a big save on Chris Higgins' wraparound with 11:35 left in 3rd.
Devils' PPs killed off. 17:16 remaining in 3rd.
Now 1:32 remaining on 5-on-4. Callahan out of the box, Drury still in for boarding.
Devils have a 28-second 5-on-3 PP coming 37 seconds into the third period. Devils call a timeout.
Devils will have 1:04 of PP time to open the third period. NJ is 1-for-4 with the man advantage.
Wide-open Matt Gilroy gives the Rangers their first lead of the game with a slapshot from the top of the right circle at 17:50.
Two minutes of 4-on-4 action with Niclas Bergfors off for a dive, and Kotalik off for a hook at 14:43 of second.
Devils get 22-seconds of PP time with Del Zotto still in the box.
Del Zotto off. zone trip on Niedermayer wipes out 1:38 of NY's sixth PP of game. Four-on-four action.
Clarkson fires a dump-in that hits Del Zotto, caroms into Langenbrunner sitting on bench with 9:18 left in second.
Clarkson forecheck hit destroys Dan Girardi in corner at 7:26 of second. Clarkson then takes holding minor at 7:39 to put the Devils' on their fifth PK.
Solid, puck possession shift by Rolston-Zubrus-Bergfors in NY zone forces Lundqvist to cover up at 7:07 of the second.
Devils' PP killed... NJ 1 for 3 with the man advantage.
Set to start the second... 1:20 of PP time remaining for NJ to open the period.
End of first period. Devils will start the second with 1:20 left on the PP after Prospal's roughing minor. Goal scorers: Niedermayer (1:20) and Zajac (PPG, 10:52). Clarkson with two assists.
Prospal going off with 40.2 seconds left for a rough on Paul Martin. Martin skating well after collision with Drury.
Kotalik one-timer from left point ties the game at 2-2 on PP at 16:23 of first. Rangers wound up with a power play after Oduya came to Martin's defense over Drury's knee-on-knee hit. Oduya was slapped with a double-minor for roughing, while Drury got two for kneeing.
Chris Drury collides knee-on-knee with Paul Martin as Martin controlled the puck in Devils' territory. Oduya piles on top of the Rangers' captain. 3:42 left in the first period. Looks like Oduya getting an extra two, served by Pikkarainen.
Devils kill it off, have killed two of three Rangers' PP in period.
Pelley off for a trip at 13:52. Devils' third PK of the period.
Scrum in Devils territory with penalties coming. Salvador flips Brian Boyle to the ground.
ZAJAC PPG PUTS DEVILS BACK ON TOP. PARISE FROM HALF BOARDS TO CLARKSON IN FRONT FOR A NO-LOOK BACKHAND PASS TO A WIDE-OPEN ZAJAC AND A TAP-IN GOAL AT 10:52. CLARKSON'S SECOND ASSIST OF THE GAME.
Devils kill it off, going on their second PP with Dubinsky in the box
Rolston off for holding, Devils back on the PK at 7:23 of first.
Michael Del Zotto connects to tie it up on the PP for the Rangers at 6:31 of first. Prospal's blast from the right circle was stopped by Brodeur, Del Zotto put home the rebound from the left circle.
Pikkarainen off for hooking at 5:51. First PK of the game for the Devils.
Rangers call timeout just 1:24 into the contest under intense Devils pressure.
ROB NIEDERMAYER'S FIRST GOAL AS A DEVIL PUTS NJ AHEAD 1-0 AT 1:10 OF FIRST. HARD-WORKING FORECHECK IN THE RIGHT CORNER BY PANDOLFO, WHO FINDS NIEDERMAYER AT THE RIGHT HASH MARKS FOR A WRISTER HIGH, GLOVE SIDE PAST LUNDQVIST.
The Devils will start the ZZ Pops line of Zach Parise - Travis Zajac - Jamie Langenbrunner with Paul Martin and Johnny Oduya on defense, and Martin Brodeur in goal. Rangers are starting Vinny Prospal-Brandon Dubinsky-Marian Gaborik with Wade Redden and Matt Gilroy on defense and Henrik Lundqvist in net.
• Ilkka Pikkarainen has been activated from IR and will make his NHL debut tonight. Brendan Shanahan was moved to the team's non-roster list.
• Tonight's scratches are Andy Greene, Matt Halischuk, and Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond.