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1 2 3 T
NJD 0 0 0 0
13 SHOTS 15
22 FACEOFFS 26
24 HITS 37
28 PIM 16
0/1 PP 0/2
7 GIVEAWAYS 9
4 TAKEAWAYS 8
2 BLOCKED SHOTS 18
       

Rangers outlast Devils in Lundqvist's eighth shutout

Monday, 02.27.2012 / 10:22 PM

2011-12 Game No. 61; Home Game No. 30 Rangers' Record: 40-15-6
VIDEO: HIGHLIGHT OF THE GAME
• Full Highlights | Tortorella Postgame • Hagelin, McDonagh, Lundqvist Postgame
GAME RECAP

Associated Press

Carl Hagelin scored late in the first period and Henrik Lundqvist made the goal stand up as the Rangers snapped the New Jersey Devils' seven-game road winning streak with a 2-0 victory on Monday night.

After a relatively quiet NHL trade deadline day for both teams, the Eastern Conference-leading Rangers stretched their advantage to nine points over Boston and Pittsburgh.

Hagelin gave the Rangers a 1-0 edge with 3:01 left in the first period. Ryan Callahan added an empty-netter with 1:06 left, his career-best 25th goal -- with an assist from Hagelin -- to make it 2-0.

Lundqvist, who entered with the league's lowest goals-against average in February, dropped it even further by making 13 saves for his NHL-best eighth shutout of the season and the 43rd of his career. Lundqvist made a lunging glove snare with 2:26 left to rob Ilya Kovalchuk and secure his 30th win of the season.

It was the fewest shots allowed by the Rangers this season.

Martin Brodeur wasn't tested much, either, in a game played with an edge on both sides. He finished with 13 saves for New Jersey, which lost on the road for the first time since Jan. 10 at Calgary. The Devils' road run was the longest in the NHL this season.

New Jersey had won two of the three previous meetings this season, including a 1-0 victory in New York on Feb. 7.

Agitating Devils forward David Clarkson spent most of the night in the penalty box, serving 19 minutes - including a misconduct and a fighting major.

Despite being held to only four shots in the first period and none until more than seven minutes had elapsed, the Rangers grabbed the lead on rookie Hagelin's 11th goal. After the Devils failed to get the puck out of their zone, New York defenseman Dan Girardi sent it behind the net. Callahan shoveled a quick, short pass in front to Hagelin, who slammed a shot in at the left post.
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PHOTO OF THE GAME

STATS OF THE GAME
The Blueshirts held the Devils to a season-low, 13 shots against in the contest, which marks the fewest shots the Rangers have allowed in a game since they held the Calgary Flames to 11 shots on goal on Jan. 19, 1981, at Madison Square Garden. This season marks the sixth time in the last seven years (since 2005-06) the Rangers registered 40 wins, marking the first time in franchise history the Blueshirts won 40-plus games six times in a seven-season span. The Rangers are also one of only six NHL teams to have won 40-plus games in six or more seasons since 2005-06.

THREE STARS
(selected by the local media)
1. Hagelin 2. McDonagh 3. Lundqvist


THE BIGGER PICTURE
This season already marks the second-fastest 40 wins in Rangers history, coming in the 61st game to tie the 1971-72 team that went to the Stanley Cup Final. The Rangers' 1993-94 Stanley Cup championship team didn't win its 40th unti Game 62.
RANGERS LEADERS
Icetime -- Girardi (22:38)
Shots -- Gaborik (4)
Hits -- Boyle, Callahan (6)
Blocks -- Girardi (3)
Takeaways -- Eight players tied (1)
Faceoffs -- Richards (16)

NEW YORK RANGERS LINEUP VS. NEW JERSEY
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Artem Anisimov Derek Stepan Marian Gaborik
Carl Hagelin Brad Richards Ryan Callahan
Brandon Dubinsky Brian Boyle Brandon Prust
Mike Rupp John Mitchell Ruslan Fedotenko
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto Anton Stralman
Marc Staal Stu Bickel
Goaltenders: Henrik Lundqvist, Martin Biron
Starting Lineup: Lundqvist, Staal, Bickel, Dubinsky, Boyle, Prust.
POWER PLAY UNITS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Ryan Callahan Derek Stepan Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky John Mitchell Artem Anisimov
POINT MEN
Left Point Right Point
Michael Del Zotto Brad Richards
Marc Staal Anton Stralman
PENALTY KILLING UNITS
FORWARD UNITS
Forward Forward
Brandon Prust Brian Boyle
Ryan Callahan Derek Stepan
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Marc Staal Michael Del Zotto
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