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Elias, Gionta help Devils top Rangers in wild affair

Dec 13, 2008 - 4:54 AM
By Daren Smith PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

NEWARK, New Jersey (Ticker) -- Linemates Patrik Elias and Brian Gionta helped the New Jersey Devils avoid an embarrassing collapse against their bitter rivals.

Elias and Gionta scored 95 seconds apart midway through the third period Friday as the Devils squandered a four-goal lead before beating the New York Rangers, 8-5, for their fourth straight win.

Elias added two assists and Gionta set up three goals while Zach Parise collected a career-high four assists. Travis Zajac scored twice and Dainius Zubrus added a goal and two assists for the Devils, who have won nine of 10.

Captain Jamie Langenbrunner scored a goal and set up another while Jay Pandolfo and defenseman Johnny Oduya netted shorthanded tallies for New Jersey, which extended its home winning streak to five games.

"We had to find a way to beat them tonight. I don't know if we would ever get them out of our heads if we had let them come back and win that one," Pandolfo said. "Give them credit for sticking with it, but it was nice to find a way (to win)."

New York has surrendered a league-high 10 shorthanders this season.

"You don't need to read about it, you don't need to hear it. All you have to do is look at the statistics and recognize we're one of the teams that gives those up," Rangers coach Tom Renney said. "So why not press, why not push it up ice and force us to maybe make that play that we can't, that we don't want to?"

Nikolai Zherdev registered a goal and three assists and former Devil Scott Gomez scored a goal and assisted on two others for the Rangers, who rallied from a 5-1 deficit to forge a tie before suffering their fourth loss in six games.

"Not a happy camper right now, not a happy camper," Renney said. "It would've been an ugly win had we gotten it, but it would have been something they could be proud of had they been able to pull it off. As it turns out, we gave up eight goals."

The 13 goals were the most in a game between the clubs since the Rangers posted an 8-5 triumph on December 23, 1986.

"There were things that happened that were just crazy, things you wouldn't expect in a game between the Devils and Rangers," New Jersey coach Brent Sutter said. "It was one of the strangest games I've been involved with as a coach."

For the better part of two periods, New Jersey appeared set to put an emphatic end to New York's recent dominance in the Hudson River rivalry. Behind a pair of goals by Zajac, the Devils stormed to a 5-1 lead.

But the Rangers regrouped and tied it with less than nine minutes remaining in the third on Ryan Callahan's second goal in as many games.

Elias permanently shifted the momentum just 11 seconds later, taking a cross-slot pass from Zubrus and scoring into a half-empty net. It was his 12th goal of the season and fourth in as many contests.

Gionta, who tied a career high with four points, made it 7-5 with 6:56 to play. After a pass from Zubrus sent him in alone down the slot, the diminutive right wing deked to his backhand and slid the puck around the right pad of goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.

"Just one of those nights," said Gionta, who has notched six goals and 10 assists in his last 11 games. "Obviously, Patty and Zubes are going hard, they're making things happen. I felt I played a fairly strong game, but there's always things you look back at and you can correct."

Langenbrunner capped the scoring just over two minutes later, beating Lundqvist with a one-timer from the edge of the right faceoff circle off another feed from Zubrus. New Jersey's final three goals came as a result of turnovers.

Scott Clemmensen made 31 saves for the Devils. Lundqvist stopped 26 shots while matching a career high by allowing eight goals.

"I didn't think about taking (Lundqvist) out at all," Renney said. "I felt this was a (heck) of an opportunity for our team to show that guy that we do have the fight in us, that we do have the ability to get ourselves back in the hockey game. Certainly, to a man, they knew we owed him that much. I thought he played exceptional. ... This was not on Henrik Lundqvist tonight."

After Pandolfo and New York's Markus Naslund traded goals in the opening 16 minutes of the first period, Zajac put the Devils in front with 3:01 to go. He struck again a minute into the second, completing his third career two-goal effort.

But Zajac played just one shift in the third after getting injured, apparently in a fight with defenseman Dan Girardi.

Oduya poked in a loose puck at 7:31 of the second, giving New Jersey two shorthanded goals in the same game for the first time since October 16, 1993. Zubrus tallied four minutes later, but Zherdev and Gomez scored in the final 4:14 of the period to get the Rangers within 5-3 and defenseman Paul Mara beat Clemmensen with a wrister from the blue line 88 seconds into the third to make it a one-goal game.






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    Rangers 5, Devils 8  FinalDec 12 10:04 PM


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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NY RANGERS 1 2 2 5
    NEW JERSEY 2 3 3 8 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NJD - (SH) JAY PANDOLFO 3 (JOHN MADDEN, BRYCE SALVADOR) 4:04
    NYR - MARKUS NASLUND 11 (SCOTT GOMEZ, NIKOLAI ZHERDEV) 15:54
    NJD - (PP) TRAVIS ZAJAC 6 (PATRIK ELIAS, ZACH PARISE) 16:59
    2ND PRD: NJD - TRAVIS ZAJAC 7 (ZACH

    Dec 12 9:44 PM


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    NY RANGERS 5
    NEW JERSEY 8
    3RD PRD: NJD - JAMIE LANGENBRUNNER 5 (ZACH PARISE, BOBBY HOLIK) 15:07

    Rangers 5, Devils 8  3rd - 4:53Dec 12 9:34 PM


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    NY RANGERS 5
    NEW JERSEY 7
    3RD PRD: NJD - BRIAN GIONTA 8 (DAINIUS ZUBRUS) 13:04

    Rangers 5, Devils 7  3rd - 6:56Dec 12 9:29 PM


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    NY RANGERS 5
    NEW JERSEY 6
    3RD PRD: NJD - PATRIK ELIAS 12 (DAINIUS ZUBRUS, BRIAN GIONTA) 11:29

    Rangers 5, Devils 6  3rd - 8:31Dec 12 9:28 PM


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    NY RANGERS 5
    NEW JERSEY 5
    3RD PRD: NYR - RYAN CALLAHAN 8 (NIKOLAI ZHERDEV, CHRIS DRURY) 11:18

    Rangers 5, Devils 5  3rd - 8:42Dec 12 9:27 PM


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    NY RANGERS 4
    NEW JERSEY 5
    3RD PRD: NYR - PAUL MARA 2 (CHRIS DRURY) 1:28

    Rangers 4, Devils 5  3rd - 18:32Dec 12 9:07 PM
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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NY RANGERS 1 2 3
    NEW JERSEY 2 3 5 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NJD - (SH) JAY PANDOLFO 3 (JOHN MADDEN, BRYCE SALVADOR) 4:04
    NYR - MARKUS NASLUND 11 (SCOTT GOMEZ, NIKOLAI ZHERDEV) 15:54
    NJD - (PP) TRAVIS ZAJAC 6 (PATRIK ELIAS, ZACH PARISE) 16:59
    2ND PRD: NJD - TRAVIS

    Dec 12 8:46 PM


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    NY RANGERS 3
    NEW JERSEY 5
    2ND PRD: NYR - SCOTT GOMEZ 6 (NIKOLAI ZHERDEV) 17:22

    Rangers 3, Devils 5  2nd - 2:38Dec 12 8:45 PM


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    NY RANGERS 2
    NEW JERSEY 5
    2ND PRD: NYR - NIKOLAI ZHERDEV 10 (SCOTT GOMEZ) 15:46

    Rangers 2, Devils 5  2nd - 4:14Dec 12 8:40 PM


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    NY RANGERS 1
    NEW JERSEY 5
    2ND PRD: NJD - DAINIUS ZUBRUS 8 (BRIAN GIONTA) 11:33

    Rangers 1, Devils 5  2nd - 8:27Dec 12 8:28 PM
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    Rangers 1, Devils 4  2nd - 9:18Dec 12 8:25 PM


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    NY RANGERS 1
    NEW JERSEY 4
    2ND PRD: NJD - (SH) JOHNNY ODUYA 2 (BRIAN GIONTA, ZACH PARISE) 7:31

    Rangers 1, Devils 4  2nd - 12:29Dec 12 8:22 PM


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    NY RANGERS 1
    NEW JERSEY 3
    2ND PRD: NJD - TRAVIS ZAJAC 7 (ZACH PARISE, JAMIE LANGENBRUNNER) 1:00

    Rangers 1, Devils 3  2nd - 19:00Dec 12 8:12 PM
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    Rangers 1, Devils 2  End of 1stDec 12 7:51 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NY RANGERS 1 1
    NEW JERSEY 2 2 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NJD - (SH) JAY PANDOLFO 3 (JOHN MADDEN, BRYCE SALVADOR) 4:04
    NYR - MARKUS NASLUND 11 (SCOTT GOMEZ, NIKOLAI ZHERDEV) 15:54
    NJD - (PP) TRAVIS ZAJAC 6 (PATRIK ELIAS, ZACH PARISE) 16:59
    SHOTS ON GOAL:

    Dec 12 7:50 PM


  • NHL
    NY RANGERS 1
    NEW JERSEY 2
    1ST PRD: NJD - (PP) TRAVIS ZAJAC 6 (PATRIK ELIAS, ZACH PARISE) 16:59

    Rangers 1, Devils 2  1st - 3:01Dec 12 7:47 PM


  • NHL
    NY RANGERS 1
    NEW JERSEY 1
    1ST PRD: NYR - MARKUS NASLUND 11 (SCOTT GOMEZ) 15:54

    Rangers 1, Devils 1  1st - 4:06Dec 12 7:41 PM


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    NY RANGERS 0
    NEW JERSEY 1
    1ST PRD: NJD - (SH) JAY PANDOLFO 3 (JOHN MADDEN, BRYCE SALVADOR) 4:04

    Rangers 0, Devils 1  1st - 15:56Dec 12 7:16 PM