NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Defenseman Brendan Bell snapped a tie with 3:04 left, and the New York Rangers earned a preseason split with the New Jersey Devils in a 4-3 victory on Friday night.
Bell flipped a shot from the right point that got past Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, giving the Rangers the win. New York lost 2-1 in overtime to New Jersey on Wednesday night in Albany, N.Y.
The Devils nearly tied it with 2:22 remaining but a goal was waved off because Nick Palmieri was in the crease.
Adam Henrique, Jacob Josefson and Ilya Kovalchuk scored for New Jersey, which erased a 3-1 deficit in the second period. Brodeur played the entire game for the Devils and made 27 saves.
The Devils took a 1-0 lead just 1:32 in when Henrique beat Martin Biron with a backhander in front during a power play. But the advantage didn't last long as the Rangers struck for a pair of goals just over a minute apart.
Richards, in his first game with New York since signing a nine-year, $60 million deal, tied it at 4:22 when his centering pass intended for Wojtek Wolski was deflected in by New Jersey rookie defenseman Adam Larsson.
Stepan put the Rangers in front at 5:43 when he took a pass from Ruslan Fedotenko at the outer edge of the right circle and snapped a shot past Brodeur.
Gaborik, expected to be on Richards' right this season, made it 3-1 at 1:32 of the second period with a power-play goal. He also assisted on Richards' first-period goal.
The Devils stormed back in the second on Josefson's goal at 7:26, and Kovalchuk's goal with 3:15 left in the period and 1 second remaining on New Jersey's two-man advantage.
Biron was replaced by Johnson at the start of the third period after stopping 13 of 16 shots. Henrik Lundqvist got the night off after playing against the Devils two nights earlier.
This was New York's last game in North America before the regular season begins. The Rangers will play four exhibition games in Europe, beginning next week, before facing Los Angeles and Anaheim in season-opening games in Sweden.
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