|NYR||2||4||1||(0 - 0)||7|
|NJD||3||0||0||(0 - 0)||3|
|G: 2||Shots: 4|
|A: 0||Hits: 2|
|PTS: 2||PIM: 0|
|+/-: 2||TOI: 17:46|
|G: 2||Shots: 3|
|A: 0||Hits: 0|
|PTS: 2||PIM: 2|
|+/-: 0||TOI: 14:28|
|G: 0||Shots: 0|
|A: 2||Hits: 3|
|PTS: 2||PIM: 0|
|+/-: 4||TOI: 19:49|
NEW YORK -- The City That Never Sleeps and the National Hockey League unveiled yet another masterful sporting event Sunday afternoon when the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers battled the elements and each other before 50,105 rabid fans in the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at iconic Yankee Stadium.
With the centerfield scoreboard, classic white façade and "4" train serving as the backdrop, the Cathedral of Baseball proved the perfect setting for the on-ice showdown between the Metropolitan Division rivals in the South Bronx.
The Rangers rallied from a 3-1 deficit with six unanswered goals en route to a 7-3 victory in their first of two games at the Stadium. The Rangers will play the New York Islanders on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS2).
Devils coach Peter DeBoer was forced to pull starter Martin Brodeur in favor of Cory Schneider (four saves on five shots) to open the third period, marking the first time New Jersey made a goalie switch within a game this season. Brodeur, who was playing in his 100th career game against the Rangers, allowed six goals on 21 shots. The Devils were the last team in the League to change goalies in the course of a game.
The seven goals scored by the Rangers were the most in an outdoor game. The Detroit Red Wings held the previous mark in a 6-4 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks at Wrigley Field in Chicago in 2009.
Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who improved to 29-14-6 in 49 career regular-season games against the Devils, made 19 saves to earn his 18th win of the season.
The Devils still lead the all-time series against the Rangers 85-78-27, including a 54-34-7 record in their previous 95 home games.
The Rangers pulled into a 3-3 tie early in the second when defenseman John Moore broke in 2-on-1 with Mats Zuccarello. Zuccarello put his stick down but Moore's picturesque pass deflected off of his left skate and past Brodeur.
Not soon after, it began to flurry to the delight of those in attendance.
The game was tied, the temperature (25 degrees at the opening faceoff) was dropping and snow was floating to the ice -- high drama for sure.
That's when the Rangers gained their first lead on Zuccarello's second goal of the game at 12:44 of the second for a 4-3 edge. Zuccarello broke in 2-on-1 with Derick Brassard against Anton Volchenkov. Brassard sent a saucer pass to Zuccarello while Volchenkov was sliding to the ice to take away the pass, but Zuccarello collected the puck and swept it home.
The Rangers extended the lead to 5-3 when Carl Hagelin scored his 12th of the season on a shot from the right circle that appeared to deflect off defenseman Marek Zidlicky and change direction before beating Brodeur high on the short side at 13:53. Hagelin beat a fallen Zidlicky to the puck in the right-wing corner before skating into the right circle for his opportunity.
Rick Nash made it 6-3 with 28.5 seconds remaining in the second off a 3-on-1 with Derek Stepan and Chris Kreider after Anton Stralman stood up Andy Greene at the Rangers' blue line. Nash took a cross-ice feed from Stepan in the right circle and ripped a shot that deflected off defenseman Mark Fayne and beat Brodeur to the long side.
Nash, who scored his 11th goal in 11 games, is riding a five-game goal streak (seven goals). He has a team-leading 18 goals for the Rangers.
Stepan added the seventh goal on a penalty shot in the third at 10:06. Stepan received his opportunity on Schneider after he was held by Travis Zajac while breaking toward Schneider. Stepan's goal, his 10th of the season, came off a rocket into the top left corner.
The Devils received two goals from Patrik Elias and two assists from Jaromir Jagr in the first period to open a 3-2 lead. In addition to the offensive flurry, the opening 20 minutes was highlighted by plenty of good opportunities and big hits.
Hagelin delivered a crunching hit on Devils captain Bryce Salvador at 1:05 and Zajac returned the favor not soon after when he dumped defenseman Ryan McDonagh into the New Jersey player's bench.
Zajac's eighth goal of the season, off a backhand in the slot, gave the Devils a 3-1 lead at 16:07. Jagr made the play possible when he fed Zajac just before skating behind the net. The Rangers pared the deficit to 3-2 when Marc Staal's innocent attempt from the left-wing corner deflected in front and past Brodeur at 16:59.
Elias opened the game at 5:36 when he collected a feed from Ryane Clowe at the Rangers' blue line and skated to the left hash before firing a shot that beat Lundqvist high on the short side. The Rangers evened the contest when Dominic Moore connected on a rebound at the right post following a good shot from the right point by Stralman.
Elias made it 2-1 at the 11-minute mark when he took a great pass from Jagr and deposited his ninth of the season from the slot past Lundqvist. Jagr circled the net with the puck before making his special delivery to Elias, who fought off a check in front.
Jagr's two helpers moved him past Mario Lemieux and into sole possession of 10th place in League history with 1,035. Jagr had tied his former Pittsburgh Penguins teammate Friday with two assists in a 2-1 victory against the Washington Capitals. Marcel Dionne ranks ninth on the all-time assist list with 1,040.
Jagr has 697 goals and 1,732 points in 20 seasons. He has 16 goals, 28 assists and a Devils-leading 44 points in 53 games this season.
|Patrik Elias (8) ASST: Ryane Clowe (10)|
1 - 0 NJD
|Dominic Moore (4) ASST: Anton Stralman (5), Brian Boyle (8)|
1 - 1 Tie
|PPG - Patrik Elias (9) ASST: Jaromir Jagr (27), Marek Zidlicky (20)|
2 - 1 NJD
|Travis Zajac (8) ASST: Jaromir Jagr (28), Mark Fayne (3)|
3 - 1 NJD
|Marc Staal (3) ASST: Dominic Moore (6)|
3 - 2 NJD
|Mats Zuccarello (14) ASST: John Moore (8), Derick Brassard (19)|
3 - 3 Tie
|Mats Zuccarello (15) ASST: Derick Brassard (20), Benoit Pouliot (11)|
4 - 3 NYR
|Carl Hagelin (12) ASST: Ryan Callahan (11), Anton Stralman (6)|
5 - 3 NYR
|Rick Nash (18) ASST: Derek Stepan (25), Marc Staal (5)|
6 - 3 NYR
|PS - Derek Stepan (10) ASST: NONE|
7 - 3 NYR
|Brian Boyle Roughing against Anton Volchenkov|
|Patrik Elias Tripping against Dan Girardi|
|Derick Brassard Tripping against Stephen Gionta|
|Mark Fayne Holding against Chris Kreider|
|Marek Zidlicky Cross checking against Rick Nash|
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