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Gaborik leads Rangers past Devils

Dec 21, 2011 - 5:12 AM
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Marian Gaborik scored twice and added an assist as the New York Rangers took a 4-1 win over the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center.

Artem Anisimov had a goal and an assist and Carl Hagelin also lit the lamp for the Rangers, went 2-1-0 on their three-game road trip. Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 30 shots in the win.

"These are important points to take, division rivals on the road," said Gaborik. "We have some big games coming up before the break and we just have to carry it over."

Travis Zajac scored the lone goal for the Devils, who came into the game with a season-high four-game winning streak. Martin Brodeur stopped 17-of-20 shots in the loss.

"I thought our effort was good, we played hard and had a good start," said New Jersey forward Zach Parise. "It wasn't a question of effort cause we were ready, just came out on the other end of the scoresheet tonight."

New Jersey scored the first goal of the game when a shot from the left point saw two different Devils have a chance at the rebound with Zajac getting it in for his first goal of the season with 4:09 left in the frame.

Late in the second, the Rangers tied the game on Anisimov's goal, as Derek Stepan brought the puck into the zone down the right wing and sent a blind centering pass that saw Anisimov put the puck in with 2:32 to play.

The Rangers took their first lead of the game 4:45 into the third when Anisimov sent a backhand on net from the right circle that Brodeur stopped, but it got behind him and Gaborik slammed it in.

Skating shorthanded, New York went on a 2-on-1 break the other way that saw Hagelin opt to shoot and bury the puck for a 3-1 lead with 5:18 to play.

Gaborik's 19th of the year came with the net empty and just seconds showing on the clock.

Game Notes

The Rangers host the Islanders on Thursday to begin a three-game homestand...The Devils host the Capitals on Friday...The Rangers took four of six from the Devils last season.

  • NEW YORK: 4

    Dec 20 9:24 PM

  • NY Rangers Empty Net Goal - Marian Gaborik, at 19:56.

    Rangers 4, Devils 1  3rd - 0:04Dec 20 9:23 PM

  • NY Rangers Short-Handed Goal - Carl Hagelin (4), from Mike Rupp at 14:42.

    Rangers 3, Devils 1  3rd - 5:18Dec 20 9:13 PM

  • NY Rangers Goal - Marian Gaborik (18), at 4:45.

    Rangers 2, Devils 1  3rd - 15:15Dec 20 8:57 PM
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  • NEW YORK: 1
    End of 2nd

    Dec 20 8:34 PM

  • NY Rangers Goal - Artem Anisimov (7), at 17:28.

    Rangers 1, Devils 1  2nd - 2:32Dec 20 8:29 PM
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  • NEW YORK: 0
    End of 1st

    Dec 20 7:45 PM

  • New Jersey Goal - Travis Zajac, from Matt Taormina at 15:51.

    Rangers 0, Devils 1  1st - 4:09Dec 20 7:39 PM

  • NEW YORK: 0
    1st Period - 20:00

    Dec 20 7:08 PM
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