Gelinas' OT goal lifts Devils over Rangers, 4-3
- Article by: IRA PODELL
- Associated Press
- December 7, 2013 - 9:40 PM
NEW YORK — Eric Gelinas scored a power-play goal 1:15 into overtime, and the New Jersey Devils shook off the tying goal in the closing seconds of regulation to beat the New York Rangers 4-3 on Saturday night.
Gelinas one-timed a shot, off a pass from Patrik Elias, from above the right circle past Henrik Lundqvist. The goal came 13 seconds after Rangers captain Ryan Callahan high-sticked Andy Greene in the mouth.
Michael Ryder put the Devils ahead 3-2 with 4:04 left in regulation, but Chris Kreider tied it on a power-play goal with 21.3 seconds left.
Martin Brodeur made 21 saves for the Devils, who have won all three meetings with the Rangers this season. New Jersey earned just its third win in nine games (3-5-1).
Travis Zajac lifted the Devils into a 2-all tie 5:58 into the third period. Cam Janssen also scored and Jaromir Jagr and Tim Sestito both had two assists one night after New Jersey recorded only 11 shots in a 3-1 home loss to Detroit.
Brad Richards and Mats Zuccarello had goals for the Rangers, who again failed to move two games over .500 as they began a nine-game homestand. Lundqvist made 20 saves in his first home start since signing a seven-year contract extension.
Zajac, in his 500th NHL game, got the Devils even when he cleaned up a rebound of a shot by Jagr and scored from in close.
The Devils, with revamped line combinations and changes to the lineup, put early pressure on Lundqvist, but despite recording the first three shots, New Jersey fell behind 3:32 in.
New York raced out of its zone on a 2-on-1 break, with Richards carrying the puck on left wing alongside Callahan to his right. Richards snapped a drive from the left circle — the Rangers' first shot of the night — that beat Brodeur stick side for his team-leading ninth and second in two games.
There was more jump to the Devils' offense than in Friday's loss, yet they couldn't get anything past Lundqvist in the first period on nine shots.
The Rangers made the most of their early offense again in the second period, this time scoring on their second shot that came off a big rebound.
Callahan ripped a drive from the right circle that Brodeur sticked away to his right, but it came to Zuccarello, who stepped into a hard shot from the left circle that easily found its way into the open left side 57 seconds in.
New Jersey got a fortunate bounce when Janssen's third of the season cut the deficit in half at 6:02. The rugged forward, who scored only three goals in 312 career NHL games before this season, crashed the net toward a rebound of Sestito's shot and knocked the puck past Lundqvist with his left skate. The on-ice call stood up to a video review.
Brodeur earned the secondary assist, the 43rd of his career.
NOTES: Rangers D Marc Staal was struck in the head by the arm of New Jersey's Reid Boucher in the third period and left the game. ... New Jersey D Peter Harrold filled in for D Marek Zidlicky, who sat out with an upper-body injury. Zidlicky has played in the first 30 Devils games. RW Damien Brunner returned to the lineup after being a healthy scratch Friday vs. Detroit, replacing C Jacob Josefson. ... D Justin Falk replaced D Michael Del Zotto, and newly recalled C J.T. Miller took LW Benoit Pouliot's place in the Rangers lineup. RW Derek Dorsett sat out for the fourth time in six games with a wrist injury.
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