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Devils' win sets stage for pivotal Game 5 at Garden

xxx | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

2011-12 Playoff Game No. 18; Road Game No. 8
Series tied 2-2
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GAME RECAP

Associated Press

Martin Brodeur made 27 saves as the New Jersey Devils defeated the Rangers 4-1 on Monday night in Game 4 to even the Eastern Conference Finals at 2-2.

Zach Parise had two goals and an assist and Bryce Salvador and Travis Zajac beat Henrik Lundqvist less than four minutes apart in the first period in a series where the intensity and the emotions are picking up.

Brodeur even notched an assist in the third, on Parise's empty netter, capping a game in which the Devils maintained their composure and bounced back from a 3-0 shutout in Game 3, while the Rangers took several uncharacteristic penalties.

Game 5 is Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.

This game was one where the chippiness increased with each period. The Rangers'Marc Staal whacked Patrik Elias in the back of the knee with his stick in the second. Ryan Callahan, the Rangers captain, and New Jersey's Ilya Kovalchuk tussled. And finally, Rupp, a former Devil who scored the Stanley Cup-clinching goal for New Jersey in 2003, jabbed Brodeur in his crease in the third after a stoppage in play.

That almost set off a free-for-all among the players on the ice, especially after Brodeur reacted like he had been hit by a roundhouse right.  The Rupp punch came about four minutes after Parise scored on a power play to give New Jersey a 3-0 lead.

Ruslan Fedotenko ruined Brodeur's bid for his 25th career playoff shutout with just over five minutes to play.

The Rangers pulled Lundqvist, who had shut out the Devils in Games 1 and 3, with less than three minutes to play, and Brodeur made two outstanding saves to keep it a two-goal game.
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PHOTO OF THE GAME

STATS OF THE GAME
Game 4 marked the first time the Rangers allowed more than three goals in a contest during the 2012 playoffs. The Blueshirts tied an NHL record by holding their opponents to three goals or less in 17 consecutive games to begin the postseason. In addition, Ruslan Fedotenko scored his first goal of the playoffs. In each of the last two playoff years that he has scored a goal, his team has gone on to win the Stanley Cup.

THREE STARS
(selected by newyorkrangers.com)
1. Fedotenko 2. Rupp 3. Richards


THE BIGGER PICTURE
The one trait this Rangers team has displayed throughout the regular season and playoffs is an ability to shake off losses and immediately bounce back with wins-- just as the Devils did in this one. Home ice will be a big help bouncing back in Game 5.
RANGERS LEADERS
Icetime -- Staal (23:32)
Shots -- Gaborik (5)
Hits -- Fedotenko (3)
Blocks -- Stepan, Eminger (2)
Takeaways -- Four players tied (1)
Faceoffs -- Richards, Stepan (19)

NEW YORK RANGERS' GAME 4 LINEUP AT NEW JERSEY
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Carl Hagelin Brad Richards Marian Gaborik
Chris Kreider Derek Stepan Ryan Callahan
Artem Anisimov Brian Boyle Ruslan Fedotenko
Mike Rupp John Mitchell Stu Bickel
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Marc Staal Anton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto Steve Eminger
Goaltenders: Henrik Lundqvist, Martin Biron
Starting Lineup: Lundqvist, McDonagh, Girardi, Kreider, Stepan, Callahan.
POWER PLAY UNITS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Derek Stepan Brad Richards Ryan Callahan
Chris Kreider Brad Richards Marian Gaborik
POINT MEN
Left Point Right Point
Michael Del Zotto Anton Stralman
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
PENALTY KILLING UNITS
FORWARD UNITS
Forward Forward
Ryan Callahan Hagelin/Richards/Boyle
Ruslan Fedotenko Mitchell/Anisimov/Stepan
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Marc Staal Michael Del Zotto
1st2nd3rdT
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NJD
Scoring Summary
1st Period
08:10NJD Bryce Salvador (3) ASST: Alexei Ponikarovsky (4), Jacob Josefson (1) 1 - 0 NJD
11:59NJD Travis Zajac (6) ASST: Zach Parise (6), Dainius Zubrus (5) 2 - 0 NJD
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
02:41NJD PPG - Zach Parise (5) ASST: Ilya Kovalchuk (8), Adam Henrique (7) 3 - 0 NJD
14:55NYR Ruslan Fedotenko (1) ASST: Brad Richards (8), Michael Del Zotto (8) 3 - 1 NJD
18:31NJD EN - Zach Parise (6) ASST: Bryce Salvador (7), Martin Brodeur (4) 4 - 1 NJD
Penalty Summary
1st Period
09:26NYR Ryan McDonagh  Fighting (maj) against  Adam Henrique
09:26NJD Adam Henrique  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan McDonagh
15:25NYR Brian Boyle  Holding against  Mark Fayne
18:20NJD Anton Volchenkov  Tripping against  Mike Rupp
2nd Period
15:03NYR Ryan Callahan  Roughing against  Ilya Kovalchuk
15:03NJD Ilya Kovalchuk  Slashing against  Ryan Callahan
3rd Period
02:37NYR Derek Stepan  Hi-sticking against  Mark Fayne
06:18NYR Stu Bickel  Roughing against  Ryan Carter
06:18NYR Mike Rupp  Misconduct (10 min) against  Peter Harrold
06:18NYR Stu Bickel  Misconduct (10 min)
06:18NJD Ryan Carter  Misconduct (10 min)
06:18NJD Ryan Carter  Roughing against  Stu Bickel
06:18NYR Mike Rupp  Roughing against  Peter Harrold
06:18NYR Mike Rupp  Roughing against  Peter Harrold
08:58NYR Carl Hagelin  Slashing against  Marek Zidlicky
11:25NYR Carl Hagelin  Holding against  Andy Greene
19:42NJD Alexei Ponikarovsky  Cross checking against  Michael Del Zotto
19:42NYR Michael Del Zotto  Cross checking against  Alexei Ponikarovsky
shots by period
PeriodNYRNJD
1st712
2nd119
3rd119
Total2930
Team Stats
CategoryNYRNJD
Power Plays0/11/6
Hits1915
Faceoff Wins3033
Giveaways810
Takeaways410
Blocked Shots1213
Penalty Minutes4323
  • NY RANGERS
  • NEW JERSEY
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10M. GaborikR00-25016:42
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71M. RuppL0001149:20
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30H. Lundqvist2629.89758:58
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6A. GreeneD0010019:52
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18S. BernierR0000010:00
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23D. ClarksonR0012013:22
24B. SalvadorD1112021:27
26P. EliasL00-12016:39
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29M. FayneD0021019:56
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
30M. Brodeur2829.96659:59