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Devils blanked by Rangers

Saturday, 03.22.2014 / 10:37 PM

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Devils blanked by Rangers
New York Rangers 2, New Jersey Devils 0
Three Stars of the Game
Henrik Lundqvist
Henrik Lundqvist
SA: 21TOI: 60:00
GA: 0EV: 18-18
PIM: 0PP: 0-0
SV%: 1.000SH: 3-3
Martin Brodeur
SA: 26TOI: 58:41
GA: 1EV: 21-22
PIM: 0PP: 4-4
SV%: .962SH: 0-0
Rick Nash
Rick Nash
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 17:54

NEWARK, N.J. -- Henrik Lundqvist earned the 50th shutout of his career with 21 saves, and Rick Nash scored the decisive goal midway through the second period when the New York Rangers defeated the New Jersey Devils 2-0 Saturday at Prudential Center.

The shutout by Lundqvist, who made 10 saves in the third period, moved him past Ed Giacomin on the Rangers all-time list, and he did it against old rival Martin Brodeur (26 saves).

Lundqvist is tied with Chris Osgood at 26th on the NHL list for career shutouts. Lundqvist became the Rangers' all-time wins leader Tuesday with his 302nd, an 8-4 decision against the Ottawa Senators. He is 304-193-61.

Devils defenseman Andy Greene was whistled for tripping with 2:03 remaining in the third period, when New Jersey was generating quality opportunities. Despite being one man down, Devils coach Peter DeBoer opted to pull Brodeur with 1:25 remaining and they did get some chances. A scrum with Lundqvist on his back resulted in a video review that was inconclusive and ruled no goal with 38.9 seconds left.

Rangers center Derek Stepan scored his 15th of the season into an empty net with seven seconds remaining.

Nash scored his 23rd of the season 10:33 into the second period. Chris Kreider fed Stepan down the middle of the ice. Stepan ripped a shot from the top of the right circle that went wide of the left post, Kreider skated through the crease, and Nash picked up the puck along the left-wing boards. He quickly snapped a shot into the net with Brodeur on his knees.

Brodeur had kept the game scoreless when he denied Mats Zuccarello at 7:27. Derick Brassard skated down left wing and fed Martin St. Louis, who delivered to Zuccarello steaming down the middle of the ice. He ripped a snap shot from 30 feet that Brodeur deftly turned away with his left pad. The block prompted chants of "Marty! Marty!"

After being stalled for much of the game, the Devils were finally able to generate some quality scoring chances on Lundqvist midway through the third period. Travis Zajac had a snap shot denied by Lundqvist at 7:52, and Jaromir Jagr followed with a quick wrist shot at 8:34.

Lundqvist began the game 25-9-6 with a 1.76 goals-against average, five shutouts and a .935 save percentage in 40 regular-season games against Brodeur.

The first of five saves in the first period by Lundqvist came off the stick of Jagr at 9:49. He broke in 1-on-1 against Lundqvist, stopped short in the crease and looked to curl the puck inside the left post but the Rangers goalie got his right pad down in time.

The victory by the Rangers (39-29-4, 82 points) was the fourth in their past five games and fourth straight on the road. They lead the League with 23 road victories.

New York has home games against the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday and Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday.

The Devils, who have 11 games remaining, have lost four of five. New Jersey will play the fourth of a five-game homestand Sunday against former teammate David Clarkson and the Toronto Maple Leafs then Thursday against the Phoenix Coyotes.

scoring summary
1st Period
2nd Period
Rick Nash (23) ASST: Derek Stepan (35), Chris Kreider (20)
1 - 0 NYR
3rd Period
PPG - EN - Derek Stepan (15) ASST: Henrik Lundqvist (4), Ryan McDonagh (27)
2 - 0 NYR
penalty summary
1st Period
Daniel Carcillo  Roughing against  Bryce Salvador
Bryce Salvador  Roughing against  Daniel Carcillo
Mats Zuccarello  Slashing against  Martin Brodeur
Bryce Salvador  Hooking against  Martin St. Louis
2nd Period
3rd Period
Jaromir Jagr  Cross checking against  Anton Stralman
Andy Greene  Tripping against  Rick Nash
goalie stats
Henrik Lundqvist
Henrik Lundqvist
SA: 21TOI: 60:00
Saves: 21EV: 18 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: 1.000SH: 3 - 3
Martin Brodeur
SA: 26TOI: 58:41
Saves: 25EV: 21 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .962SH: 0 - 0
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