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D. Zajac forces OT in 5-4 loss to Rangers

Friday, 09.23.2011 / 4:04 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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D. Zajac forces OT in 5-4 loss to Rangers
Darcy Zajac's late goal knotted the game at 4-4. (Getty/NHL Images)
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Jonathan Audy-Marchessault’s goal 16 seconds into overtime sealed the Devils' 5-4 loss to the Rangers in Friday afternoon’s AHL exhibition game at AmeriHealth Pavilion.

Audy-Marchessault took a shot from just inside the blue line, beating Maxime Clermont inside the right post.

Darcy Zajac forced the extra session with 25.3 seconds left in regulation, jamming a Joe Whitney rebound past 6-8 goaltender Jason Missiaen. Clermont was pulled for an extra attacker with 47 seconds remaining to give the Devils a 5-on-4 advantage.

The Devils led 2-0 after one nd went ahead 3-1 in the second. The Rangers struck for three straight goals, including Ryan Bourque’s tally that broke a 3-3 tie at 8:47 of the third.

That erased a quick start by the home team. J.T. Barnett’s deflection of a Nathan Perkovich shot opened the scoring at 1:26. Then, J.S. Berube beat Rangers starter Scott Stajcer on a partial break at 2:55.

Devils starter Scott Wedgewood couldn’t stop Bourque’s 5-on-3 one-timer from the side of the net early in the second. That got the Rangers on the board, 2-1, at 3:54. Both teams switched goalies midway through the frame, and Perkovich quickly capitalized. From the left circle, he snapped a wrister over Missiaen's glove into the top right corner of the net for a 3-1 lead at 10:37.

J.T. Miller started the Rangers’ comeback with a shot off Clermont’s catching glove at 11:56. Christian Thomas converted on a shorthanded chance in front of Clermont to tie the contest, 3-3, with 1:17 left in the second.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
10 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 75 31 32 12 167 192 74
14 CAR 74 28 36 10 173 202 66
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 68 16 24 -3 40
M. Cammalleri 61 25 13 4 38
P. Elias 62 11 20 -17 31
S. Gomez 51 7 24 -7 31
S. Bernier 60 13 14 3 27
T. Zajac 67 11 12 -3 23
A. Larsson 57 3 19 2 22
A. Greene 75 3 17 2 20
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
E. Gelinas 55 6 11 -2 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 27 8 .928 2.19
K. Kinkaid 5 5 3 .918 2.47