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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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
3 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
M. Cammalleri 52 24 10 5 34
A. Henrique 57 12 20 -2 32
P. Elias 54 10 17 -12 27
S. Gomez 40 5 19 -10 24
M. Zidlicky 63 4 19 -7 23
T. Zajac 56 10 10 -3 20
S. Bernier 49 10 9 0 19
M. Ryder 44 6 12 -2 18
A. Larsson 46 3 16 5 19
M. Havlat 38 5 9 -12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 24 23 6 .928 2.17
K. Kinkaid 3 4 3 .915 2.59