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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.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 75 16 27 -6 43
M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
P. Elias 69 13 21 -20 34
S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 31 9 .925 2.26
K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59