Bell's late goal sinks Devils at Newark

Associated Press | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

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.

Brad Richards had a goal and assist in his Rangers debut, and Derek Stepan and Marian Gaborik added goals for New York. Chad Johnson stopped all 10 shots he faced in the third period for the win.

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.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
01:32NJD PPG - Adam Henrique (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Ilya Kovalchuk (1), Adam Larsson (1) 1 - 0 NJD
04:22NYR Brad Richards (1) Snap shot - ASST: Marian Gaborik (1), Wojtek Wolski (1) 1 - 1 Tie
05:43NYR Derek Stepan (1) Snap shot - ASST: Ruslan Fedotenko (1), Brendan Bell (1) 2 - 1 NYR
2nd Period
01:32NYR PPG - Marian Gaborik (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Callahan (1), Brad Richards (1) 3 - 1 NYR
07:26NJD Jacob Josefson (1) Snap shot - ASST: Ilya Kovalchuk (2) 3 - 2 NYR
16:45NJD PPG - Ilya Kovalchuk (1) Slapshot - ASST: Adam Larsson (2) 3 - 3 Tie
3rd Period
16:56NYR Brendan Bell (1) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE 4 - 3 NYR
Penalty Summary
1st Period
00:38NYR Brian Boyle  Tripping  - 2 min against  Jacob Josefson
12:27NJD Anton Volchenkov  Interference  - 2 min against  Derek Stepan
2nd Period
01:10NJD Bryce Salvador  Interference  - 2 min against  Mike Rupp
06:40NYR Kris Newbury  Slashing  - 2 min against  Eric Boulton
07:03NJD Adam Larsson  Cross checking  - 2 min against  Carl Hagelin
14:46NYR Kris Newbury  Tripping  - 2 min against  Jacob Josefson
16:10NYR Tim Erixon  Hooking  - 2 min against  Mattias Tedenby
18:55NYR Pavel Valentenko  Holding  - 2 min against  Rod Pelley
3rd Period
02:17NJD Brad Mills  Interference  - 2 min against  Kris Newbury
06:32NJD Brad Mills  Interference  - 2 min against  Ryan Callahan
17:21NJD Eric Boulton  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Mike Rupp
17:21NYR Mike Rupp  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Eric Boulton
17:38NJD Nick Palmieri  Interference on goalkeeper  - 2 min against  Chad Johnson
18:05NYR Marian Gaborik  Interference  - 2 min against  Adam Henrique
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/62/6
Faceoff Wins3030
Blocked Shots74
Penalty Minutes1717
4M. Del ZottoD0011018:49
10M. GaborikR1114217:43
19B. RichardsC1113020:06
21D. StepanC1013010:59
22B. BoyleC0001220:33
24R. CallahanR0104021:57
26R. FedotenkoL0112014:59
27R. McDonaghD00-12023:36
32D. WeiseR000207:11
36M. ZuccarelloR0022012:37
38M. SauerD00-10022:16
39B. BellD1122013:53
45K. NewburyC000149:18
46P. ValentenkoD0020213:14
53T. ErixonD0010218:59
62C. HagelinL0000013:09
71M. RuppL0000512:48
86W. WolskiL0114017:05
29C. Johnson10101.00020:00
43M. Biron1316.81240:00
6A. GreeneD00-10018:05
10R. PelleyC0002012:38
12N. PalmieriR0000216:32
15D. SteckelC0000012:09
16J. JosefsonC1012020:23
17I. KovalchukR1215022:23
18V. ZharkovR0001010:43
20M. TaorminaD00-10015:04
21M. TedenbyR00-22017:05
22E. BoultonL00-11510:00
24B. SalvadorD00-11217:58
28A. VolchenkovD0003217:03
34M. FayneD0012018:27
40P. SykoraC01-22014:19
42A. LarssonD02-20224:51
46T. SestitoL00-12013:29
48B. MillsC00-11415:37
51A. HenriqueC10-22014:57
30M. Brodeur2731.87157:57
35K. Kinkaid00.0000:00