NJD
48-28-6
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51-24-7

Rangers down Devils to clinch playoff berth at home

xxx | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

2011-12 Game No. 72; Home Game No. 36 Rangers' Record: 45-20-7
VIDEO: HIGHLIGHT OF THE GAME
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GAME RECAP

Associated Press

Brandon Dubinsky scored shortly after a fight-filled opening faceoff, and the Rangers became the first Eastern Conference team to earn a playoff spot by beating the New Jersey Devils 4-2 on Monday night.

Three fights broke out at the outset and that seemed to jump-start the Rangers.

Defenseman Dan Girardi scored in the first minute of the second period, and Mats Zuccarello and Derek Stepan added goals for the Rangers, who lead the Pittsburgh Penguins by three points. The Blueshirts (45-20-7) have 10 games remaining. Pittsburgh has 11 to play, including one against the Rangers.

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 20 shots and got the Rangers back on track after home losses to Colorado and Pittsburgh. The Rangers, who have two games remaining on a seven-game homestand, went 3-2-1 against New Jersey in the season series.

The Rangers have often struggled until the final days to get into the playoffs, but now they have joined Western Conference-leading St. Louis as the only teams to qualify this season.

Patrik Elias and Petr Sykora had goals, and Martin Brodeur made 23 saves for the Devils, who are sixth in the East.

Before the puck dropped for the opening faceoff, it was already clear that it wouldn't be a calm beginning as players jousted and jabbed with their counterparts next to them.

Gloves and sticks hit the ice about the same time as the puck, and six of the 10 skaters squared off to fight. On either side of the big faceoff circle in the middle, New Jersey's Cam Janssen and Eric Boulton fought New York's Brandon Prust and Mike Rupp. While inside the Devils' zone, Rangers defenseman Stu Bickel traded blows with Ryan Carter. Carter got in the better shots, but fell to the ice first and was already bleeding when he went down.
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PHOTO OF THE GAME

STAT OF THE GAME
The Rangers became the first Eastern Conference team, and second in the league overall, to clinch a 2012 playoff spot. This is the earliest the Blueshirts have clinched a playoff berth since the 1991-92 Presidents' Trophy-winning season, when the Blueshirts clinched on March 8 (through 68 games) following a Philadelphia loss to Vancouver. This is also the earliest that the Rangers have clinched a playoff spot since the league went to the current playoff format for the 1993-94 season.

THREE STARS
(selected by the local media)
1. Callahan 2. Dubinsky 3. Zuccarello


THE BIGGER PICTURE
In many ways, this was the perfect game for the Rangers to clinch a playoff spot, because it proved that they do have the tools to beat anyone once they get there -- no matter how deep the rivalry or how fired up that particular opponent might be.
RANGERS LEADERS
Icetime -- Girardi (23:02)
Shots -- Dubinsky (4)
Hits -- Boyle (6)
Blocks -- Callahan (3)
Takeaways -- Staal, Richards (2)
Faceoffs -- Boyle (18)

NEW YORK RANGERS LINEUP VS. NEW JERSEY
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Carl Hagelin Brad Richards Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky Derek Stepan Ryan Callahan
Mats Zuccarello Brian Boyle John Mitchell
Ruslan Fedotenko Mike Rupp Brandon Prust
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Marc Staal Michael Del Zotto
Tim Erixon Stu Bickel
Goaltenders: Henrik Lundqvist, Martin Biron
Starting Lineup: Lundqvist, Staal, Dubinsky, Rupp, Bickel, Prust.
POWER PLAY UNITS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Mats Zuccarello Ryan Callahan Marian Gaborik
Brian Boyle Derek Stepan Brandon Dubinsky
POINT MEN
Left Point Right Point
Michael Del Zotto Brad Richards
Marc Staal Dan Girardi
PENALTY KILLING UNITS
FORWARD UNITS
Forward Forward
Callahan/Prust Brian Boyle
Carl Hagelin Derek Stepan
Ruslan Fedotenko Brandon Dubinsky
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Marc Staal Michael Del Zotto
Scoring Summary
1st Period
01:11NYR Brandon Dubinsky (8) ASST: Derek Stepan (31), Ryan Callahan (23) 1 - 0 NYR
2nd Period
00:33NYR Dan Girardi (5) ASST: Carl Hagelin (22) 2 - 0 NYR
05:03NJD Patrik Elias (25) ASST: Petr Sykora (21) 2 - 1 NYR
07:33NYR PPG - Mats Zuccarello (2) ASST: Ryan Callahan (24), Brad Richards (33) 3 - 1 NYR
11:08NJD Petr Sykora (17) ASST: Marek Zidlicky (19), Ilya Kovalchuk (43) 3 - 2 NYR
3rd Period
18:50NYR Derek Stepan (16) ASST: Brandon Dubinsky (20), Carl Hagelin (23) 4 - 2 NYR
Three Stars of the Game
Ryan Callahan
1st
Ryan Callahan
RW
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 5
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 21:18
Brandon Dubinsky
2nd
Brandon Dubinsky
C
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 5
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 17:57
Mats Zuccarello
3rd
Mats Zuccarello
RW
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 3
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 13:37
Penalty Summary
1st Period
00:03NYR Stu Bickel  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan Carter
00:03NJD Ryan Carter  Fighting (maj) against  Stu Bickel
00:03NYR Brandon Prust  Fighting (maj) against  Cam Janssen
00:03NJD Cam Janssen  Fighting (maj) against  Brandon Prust
00:03NYR Mike Rupp  Fighting (maj) against  Eric Boulton
00:03NJD Eric Boulton  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Rupp
00:03NJD Bryce Salvador  Misconduct (10 min) against  Stu Bickel
09:01NYR Brandon Prust  Hi-sticking against  Zach Parise
12:45NYR Mike Rupp  Roughing against  Bryce Salvador
12:45NJD Bryce Salvador  Roughing against  Mike Rupp
18:00NJD Eric Boulton  Tripping against  Mike Rupp
2nd Period
07:09NJD Eric Boulton  Boarding against  Ruslan Fedotenko
17:27NYR Brandon Dubinsky  Boarding against  Alexei Ponikarovsky
3rd Period
09:38NYR Ryan McDonagh  Tripping against  Zach Parise
16:47NJD Jacob Josefson  Hi-sticking against  Ryan Callahan
shots by period
PeriodNJDNYR
1st613
2nd107
3rd67
Total2227
Team Stats
CategoryNJDNYR
Power Plays0/31/3
Hits2341
Faceoff Wins2334
Giveaways104
Takeaways48
Blocked Shots913
Penalty Minutes3323
  • NEW JERSEY
  • NY RANGERS
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