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Great Games #5 - Gelinas ices Rangers in OT

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Great Games #5 - Gelinas ices Rangers in OT
Great Games #5 - Gelinas ices Rangers in OT

Newjerseydevils.com looks back at 10 of the top Devils games from last season.

#5 - Dec. 7, 2013 Devils 4, Rangers 3 OT

The Devils struggled in early December, dropping a home-and-home set with Montreal before managing only 11 shots in home loss to Detroit.

But a second trip across the Hudson for their third encounter with the Rangers provided the tonic for a turnaround.

Under the bright lights of Broadway, the Devils were led to victory by rookie Eric Gelinas, whose power-play goal in overtime capped a 4-3 victory at Madison Square Garden.

The Devils fell behind 2-0, then got off the mat in the second period when Cam Janssen crashed the net to bury a Tim Sestito rebound. It was Janssen’s third goal of the season, doubling his total from his previous 312 career contests.

In the third, Travis Zajac knotted the game at 2 before Michael Ryder scored to give the Devils a 3-2 lead. The Rangers came back to tie with 22 seconds left in regulation, but Gelinas made sure his first career game-winner would be one to remember.

He rocketed a one-timer off a pass from Patrik Elias, beating Henrik Lundqvist 1:15 into the extra session and lifting the Devils to their third straight win over the Blueshirts.

"Probably the biggest [goal] of my career, besides my first one," Gelinas said. "It was a great feeling.”

It was just the way Peter DeBoer drew it up.

"We wanted Eric Gelinas to shoot and Steve Bernier in front of the net with a screen,” the head coach said. "It's not rocket science."

Said Gelinas: "I'm fortunate to be out there in that type of situation, and I gave it a shot. It definitely feels good to be rewarded and to get that winner, but it was a team effort."

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 PIT 31 21 6 4 99 71 46
2 TBL 33 20 10 3 110 87 43
3 NYI 31 21 10 0 99 89 42
4 DET 32 17 7 8 92 80 42
5 MTL 33 20 11 2 88 82 42
6 TOR 32 19 10 3 110 91 41
7 FLA 30 14 8 8 68 76 36
8 WSH 31 15 10 6 91 85 36
9 BOS 32 16 13 3 81 83 35
10 NYR 29 15 10 4 89 79 34
11 OTT 31 13 12 6 82 86 32
12 CBJ 31 13 15 3 76 100 29
13 PHI 31 11 14 6 81 92 28
14 BUF 32 13 17 2 62 100 28
15 NJD 33 11 16 6 74 96 28
16 CAR 31 9 19 3 66 88 21

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 32 5 15 -9 20
A. Henrique 26 8 10 2 18
M. Zidlicky 33 4 13 -5 17
M. Cammalleri 23 11 4 0 15
M. Ryder 32 4 10 -1 14
D. Severson 32 4 8 -4 12
P. Elias 27 3 9 -13 12
E. Gelinas 26 4 6 3 10
T. Zajac 25 4 4 -4 8
S. Bernier 22 2 6 3 8
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Kinkaid 0 1 2 .942 1.71
C. Schneider 11 15 3 .916 2.55