Rangers vs. Devils: Live Score, Updates and Analysis
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Final Score: 3-1 Devils
The Devils outplayed the Rangers in the first meeting of the season between the Atlantic Division Rivals.
Adam Henrique scored the first goal of the game at the five minute mark of the first period after putting the puck home on a pass from Patrik Elias.
David Clarkson added another with time dwindling down in the first period after Rick Nash couldn't control a bouncing puck in front of his own net.
It was a surprise that the Devils led after the first period because they took four penalties in the first twenty minutes, but the Rangers couldn't convert. The Devils have successfully killed their last 12 penalties dating back to their last game Saturday against the New York Islanders.
The second period was uneventful, neither team had many scoring chances nor did either team take any penalties.
In the third, David Clarkson would bang home his second of the game after Henrik Lundqvist let out a rebound from an Andy Greene slapshot from the point.
The Rangers would finally get on the board though when Chris Kreider sniped Brodeur at the 6:28 mark of the third period. The Rangers failed to convert on another powerplay late in the third and the Devils were able to hold them off for the remainder of the game.
The two teams will meet again at the Prudential Center on March 19.
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Three Stars of the Game:
1. Martin Brodeur 24 SV
2. David Clarkson 2G 1A
3. Patrik Elias 3A
Final Score: 3-1 Devils
The final horn sounds and the Devils take the first of four matchups between these two Atlantic Division Rivals.
Final Score: 3-1 Devils.
David Clarkson with a chance at the empty net in the neutral-zone gets tripped by Del Zotto and the Devils go to the powerplay, that will about ice it.
Devils 3-1 0:25 3rd.
Rangers call a timeout with a neutral-zone faceoff, Lundqvist still remains on the bench.
3-1 Devils 2:05 3rd.
Rangers pull Lundqvist for an extra attacker with time running out, they need two goals to tie it up.
3-1 Devils 2:18 3rd.
Not much happening on the powerplay for the Rangers once again. They fail to convert and are 0-5 on the night.
3-1 Devils 5:14 3rd.
Another amazing save by Broduer!
He grabbed the puck with his glove off a one-timer from Hagelin.
Marek Zidlicky got a high sticking penalty at the end of the play and the Rangers will go to the powerplay.
3-0 Devils 6:48 3rd.
Brodeur makes a good glove save on a slap shot from Stall from the top of the circle.
3-1 Devils 8:36 3rd.
Rangers have woken up since Kreider's goal, they are getting all the opportunities as of late.
Devils 3-1 10:13 3rd
The Devils have iced the puck three times consecutively after being pinned in their own zone.
Chris Kreider puts it top shelf at the bottom of the circle for the Rangers' first goal of the game.
3-1 Devils 13:15 3rd.
Rangers kill off the Rick Nash penalty.
3-0 Devils 13:40 3rd
Devils will go back on the powerplay after Kovalchuk is taken down by Nash from behind while in front of the net.
3-0 Devils 15:58 3rd
Patrik Elias assisted on Clarkson's goal for his third point of the game. He and Clarkson both have three points each.
David Clarkson puts in a rebound off an Andy Greene shot for his second of the game and seventh of the season.
3-0 Devils 16:50 3rd.
Bobby Butler finds Jacob Josefson on a two-on-one but Josefson can't beat Lundqvist. He was hooked by Asham on the play though and the Devils will go on the powerplay.
Tortorella moves Stepan up to play with Nash and Gaborik to start the third period.
We are underway in the third period.
2-0 Devils 20:00 3rd.
Stats through two periods:
Score: 2-0 Devils
Shots: 17-12 Rangers
HIts: 14-10 Rangers
Faceoffs: 19-14 Rangers
Blocked Shots: 12-5 Devils
The second period comes to a close while the Devils were providing a good amount of pressure.
2-0 Devils 2nd Intermission.
Gaborik has a chance to bang one home with traffic in front, but Brodeur comes up with a great save and covers up before a Ranger can put in a rebound.
Zubrus turns the puck over on an odd man rush for the Devils which leads to a couple of chances by the Rangers on the counter.
2-0 Devils 3:30 3rd period.
The Rangers' fourth line just had a couple of chances. The line consists of JT Miller, Chris Kreider and Darroll Powe, all of whom have never played with each other before. It is also JT Miller's and Darroll Powe's season debut with the Rangers.
2-0 Devils 9:10 2nd period
Del Zotto loses an edge along the boards in his own zone which led to a chance by Stephen Gionta. Gionta could not finish on the opportunity though.
The second period is a little slower than the first period. Maybe it's just a build up until Peter DeBoer and John Tortorella go at it like they did in the Eastern Conference Finals last season.
2-0 Devils 12:54 2nd
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