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NEWARK, N.J. -- Winger Rick Nash scored from a hard angle in the second period and goaltender Henrik Lundqvist earned his 50th career NHL shutout as the New York Rangers won their fourth straight road game, 2-0 over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night at the Prudential Center.

Lundqvist (28-22-4) made 21 saves in winning his 30th career game against New Jersey, including his eighth shutout. He has five shutouts this season. Devils goalie Martin Brodeur finished with 26 saves

With 38.9 seconds left, Lundqvist was on his back, with his head inside the net, in stopping a furious charge by Devils winger Jaromir Jagr. Center Derek Stepan scored an empty-netter for the Rangers with 7.8 seconds remaining.

The Rangers (39-29-4) won 21 of their last 28 road games. The loss put the Devils (30-28-13) a game closer to missing the playoffs for the second straight year. New Jersey has 73 points with 11 games to play and three teams with at least 77 points above them in the standings.

In the ninth minute of the third period, Jagr's bid to tie the game for the Devils hit off the post from close range.

Nash connected for a 1-0 lead at 10:33 of the second period with a shot that beat a stunned Brodeur inside the far post. Stepan's shot from the right circle was wide of the net and carried to Nash near the boards outside the left circle. Nash fired and scored before Brodeur could pick up the puck. Stepan and winger Chris Kreider were credited with assists for the Rangers.

The Devils had chances to tie it up. But Lundqvist was sharp in making stops on streaking winger Tuomo Ruutu, a low shot by Jagr and a slap shot by defenseman Bryce Salvador.

The Devils brought more energy to the start of the second period. Despite keeping the puck in the Rangers end in the opening minutes, the Devils could not get off a decent shot.

The Rangers tested Brodeur at the 12:27 mark of the period when left winger Mats Zuccarello sprinted down the right wing and sent a sliding puck toward the near post that Brodeur smothered.

The Devils didn't get their first shot on Lundqvist until the midway point of the first when Jagr pulled down an airborne puck at the blue line and broke in on net. Jagr tried to slide a shot to the far side, but Lundqvist recovered in time to block it with his leg. Later, right winger Dainius Zubrus took a wrist shot from between the circles that Lundqvist blocked with his chest.

At the 14-minute mark, defenseman Ryan McDonagh ripped a slap shot from the left point that Brodeur managed to catch with his glove. In the closing minutes of the first, Brodeur thwarted defenseman Marc Staal's shot for the Rangers. Center Brian Boyle got to the rebound, but was denied by Brodeur.

NOTES: LW Rick Nash's goal in the second period was his team-leading 23rd for New York. He is the only active NHL player with a streak of 10 straight 20-goal seasons. ... D John Moore was a scratch for the Rangers with a possible concussion and D Raphael Diaz made his Rangers debut in his place. ... The Rangers also were without RW Derek Dorsett, out with the flu. ... The Devils came in allowing 25.6 shots per game, the fewest in the NHL. ... Devils G Martin Brodeur made his 101st start against the Rangers. He has nine shutouts against the Rangers. ... G Henrik Lundqvist made his 50th career start vs. the Devils. He has eight shutouts vs. New Jersey.
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