NYR
51-24-7
NJD
48-28-6

26 SOG
29 SOG

Rangers get unfamiliar taste of defeat in New Jersey

newyorkrangers.com | Tuesday, 03.06.2012 / 9:52 PM

2011-12 Game No. 65; Road Game No. 34 Rangers' Record: 42-16-7
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GAME RECAP

Associated Press

David Clarkson and Ryan Carter scored 1:54 apart early in the third period, and New Jersey's slumbering offense broke out in a 4-1 victory over the NHL-leading Rangers on Tuesday night.

Clarkson tipped Petr Sykora's hard drive past Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist at 2:27 to give the Devils their second lead of the game, and Carter pushed New Jersey ahead by two at 4:21.

Carter also fought Brandon Dubinsky in the first period, a bout that knocked the Rangers forward out of the game with a hand injury. Ilya Kovalchuk also had a goal, and Patrik Elias made it 4-1 by scoring into an empty net with 1:53 left.

Sykora nearly had the winning goal after being honored before the game for playing in his 1,000th NHL contest, but settled for the primary assist. Martin Brodeur made 25 saves.

Derek Stepan scored the Rangers' lone goal, and Lundqvist made 25 saves for the Rangers (42-16-7), who have a big lead in the Eastern Conference and had just moved to the top of the NHL standings on Sunday. The Rangers are 2-2-1 against the Devils this season, with one game left in the series.

Stepan got the Rangers even at 1-1 early in the second when they controlled play. Already dominating on the shot board, New York managed to get a puck past Brodeur.

Right after Lundqvist was bowled over in the crease at the other end, the Rangers got the puck up ice. Carl Hagelin worked the puck free behind the Devils net and sent a pass into the high slot to a wide-open Stepan, who smacked the rolling puck into the top left corner -- just under the crossbar -- to tie it at 6:56.
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PHOTO OF THE GAME

STATS OF THE GAME
Derek Stepan extended his point streak to four games (two goals, three assists over the span), tied for the team-high with four shots on goal and led all team forwards with 21:30 of ice time. He has now tallied 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in the last 16 games, and has registered a goal in each of the last two games.

THREE STARS
(selected by newyorkrangers.com)
1. Hagelin 2. Stepan 3. McDonagh


THE BIGGER PICTURE
Even when you are No. 1 in the NHL, you don't win every game, and this particular loss was one that didn't really get away from the Blueshirts until the final 20 minutes. The Rangers' lead in the East is big enough that they can weather a few nights like this.
RANGERS LEADERS
Icetime -- Girardi (23:09)
Shots -- Stepan, McDonagh (4)
Hits -- Three players tied (2)
Blocks -- Three players tied (2)
Takeaways -- Staal (2)
Faceoffs -- Boyle (22)

NEW YORK RANGERS LINEUP AT NEW JERSEY
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Ryan Callahan Brad Richards Marian Gaborik
Artem Anisimov Derek Stepan Carl Hagelin
Ruslan Fedotenko Brian Boyle Brandon Prust
Mike Rupp Brandon Dubinsky John Scott
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto Steve Eminger
Marc Staal Stu Bickel
Goaltenders: Henrik Lundqvist, Martin Biron
Starting Lineup: Lundqvist, McDonagh, Girardi, Anisimov, Stepan, Gaborik.
POWER PLAY UNITS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Ryan Callahan Derek Stepan Marian Gaborik
Carl Hagelin Artem Anisimov Ruslan Fedotenko
POINT MEN
Left Point Right Point
Michael Del Zotto Brad Richards
Marc Staal Dan Girardi
PENALTY KILLING UNITS
FORWARD UNITS
Forward Forward
Brandon Prust Brian Boyle
Ryan Callahan Artem Anisimov
Ruslan Fedotenko Derek Stepan
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
McDonagh/Staal Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto Stu Bickel
1st2nd3rdT
NYR
NJD
Scoring Summary
1st Period
00:49NJD Ilya Kovalchuk (26) Snap shot - ASST: Zach Parise (30), Andy Greene (13) 1 - 0 NJD
2nd Period
06:56NYR Derek Stepan (15) Slapshot - ASST: Carl Hagelin (17), Dan Girardi (19) 1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
02:27NJD David Clarkson (26) Snap shot - ASST: Petr Sykora (20), Patrik Elias (41) 2 - 1 NJD
04:21NJD Ryan Carter (3) Snap shot - ASST: Jacob Josefson (4), Ilya Kovalchuk (38) 3 - 1 NJD
18:07NJD EN - Patrik Elias (22) Snap shot - ASST: Dainius Zubrus (23), Bryce Salvador (7) 4 - 1 NJD
Three Stars of the Game
Ilya Kovalchuk
1st
Ilya Kovalchuk
G: 1Shots: 8
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 23:38
Martin Brodeur
2nd
Martin Brodeur
SA: 26TOI: 60:00
GA: 1EV: 24-25
PIM: 0PP: 1-1
SV%: .962SH: 0-0
Ryan Carter
3rd
Ryan Carter
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 5
+/-: 1TOI: 8:05
Penalty Summary
1st Period
03:03NJD Ryan Carter  Fighting (maj) against  Brandon Dubinsky
03:03NYR Brandon Dubinsky  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan Carter
12:32NJD Cam Janssen  Fighting (maj) against  John Scott
12:32NYR John Scott  Fighting (maj) against  Cam Janssen
13:16NJD Bryce Salvador  Cross checking against  Brandon Prust
18:27NYR Ryan McDonagh  Hi-sticking against  Ilya Kovalchuk
2nd Period
16:49NYR Marian Gaborik  Slashing against  Ryan Carter
3rd Period
06:10NYR Brandon Prust  Roughing against  Andy Greene
08:17NJD Marek Zidlicky  Tripping against  Brandon Prust
14:55NYR Ruslan Fedotenko  Too many men/ice - bench
shots by period
PeriodNYRNJD
1st911
2nd147
3rd311
Total2629
Team Stats
CategoryNYRNJD
Power Plays0/20/4
Hits1218
Faceoff Wins2930
Giveaways25
Takeaways95
Blocked Shots106
Penalty Minutes1814
  • NY RANGERS
  • NEW JERSEY
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
4M. Del ZottoD00-10019:22
5D. GirardiD01-11023:09
8B. PrustL0001213:29
10M. GaborikR00-33220:56
17B. DubinskyC000150:42
18M. StaalD00-12020:43
19B. RichardsC00-10019:54
21D. StepanC10-24021:30
22B. BoyleC0002016:38
24R. CallahanR00-23020:20
26R. FedotenkoL0002014:17
27R. McDonaghD00-14222:36
28J. ScottL00-1055:19
41S. BickelD0001017:18
42A. AnisimovC00-10020:57
44S. EmingerD00-21011:40
62C. HagelinL0111016:51
71M. RuppL00-1006:55
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
30H. Lundqvist2528.89359:32
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
2M. ZidlickyD0011223:25
5A. LarssonD0010015:11
6A. GreeneD0101021:06
8D. ZubrusR0111018:15
9Z. PariseL0101020:26
14A. HenriqueC0002018:33
15P. SykoraR0110017:22
16J. JosefsonC0111013:52
17I. KovalchukR1118023:38
18S. BernierR0010012:25
20R. CarterL101458:05
22E. BoultonL000004:35
23D. ClarksonR1015018:42
24B. SalvadorD0120217:14
25C. JanssenR000053:06
26P. EliasL1123022:50
28A. VolchenkovD0022018:00
29M. FayneD0000019:15
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
30M. Brodeur2526.96260:00