The New York Rangers (33-13-5) were bested by Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils (31-19-3) by a final score of 1-0 in NHL action on Tuesday. New York sent 30 pucks the way of Brodeur, but the Devils keeper was up to the task, turning aside all offensive opportunities.
One goal was all Brodeur needed, as David Clarkson (21) scored on a power play snap shot at the 8:14 mark of the first period. It seemed as if the Blueshirts recorded the game-tying goal with 3.5 seconds, but the call was reversed due to an interference call.
Rangers’ winger Marian Gaborik was in the middle of that play, as it seemed as if the sniper tallied the first goal in the game. That call was reversed as the Blueshirts sniper crashed into the Devils cage, due to being shoved from behind by Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov.
Blueshirts speedster Carl Hagelin led the offense with four shots, including two of the best scoring opportunities for New York. Brian Boyle led the physical play with six hits.
New York still stands at 99 wins against the Devils, as Brodeur was able to improve his overall record against the Rangers, as the Devils keeper now is 45-27-20 with nine shutouts in 92 career games.
The Rangers will end this homestretch with a Thursday night game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Blueshirts/Bolts game is scheduled to air on the MSG network, with face-off slated for 7:00 p.m.
Written on February 8, 2012
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