Devils 4, Rangers 3 (OT)

Denis Gorman, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

NEW YORK, N.Y.-- Defenseman Eric Gelinas' power-play goal 1:15 into overtime powered the New Jersey Devils to a 4-3 win over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.
With New Jersey on a four-minute power play, Gelinas one-timed left winger Patrik Elias' feed over Rangeers goalkeeper Henrik Lundqvist for the game-winning goal.
Right winger Cam Janssen, center Travis Zajac and right winger Michael Ryder also scored for New Jersey, which snapped its three game losing streak. Goaltender Martin Brodeur made 21 saves in the win.
New York continued its trend of alternating wins and losses. The Rangers are 4-4-0 in their last eight games. Center Brad Richards, and wingers Mats Zuccarello and Chris Kreider scored for the Rangers, who got 20 saves from Lundqvist.
New York entered the third period with a 2-1 advantage. Richards opened the scoring 3:32 into the game with an off-wing drive that beat Brodeur high. And the lead was doubled 57 seconds into the second when Zuccarello one-timed the rebound right winger Ryan Callahan's top-of-the-right-circle drive, which Brodeur could not control.
About five minutes after Zuccarello's goal, the Devils cut the deficit to 2-1 when left winger Tim Sestito's centering feed ricocheted off of Janssen's skate past Lundqvist. A video replay determined Janssen did not kick the puck and the goal was held up.
Zajac drew the game even at 2 just 5:58 into the third when he lifted a spinning backhander over Lundqvist. New Jersey took the lead after Ryder one-timed a Sestito feed past Lundqvist with 4:04 left in regulation.
But Kreider's power-play goal with 22 seconds left in regulation forced overtime.
The teams will meet twice more this season, Jan. 26 at Yankee Stadium and March 22 at The Prudential Center. New Jersey will be the home team in both games. The Devils are 3-0-0 against New York this season.
The Rangers went 1-for-4 on the man advantage while New Jersey was 1-for-2.
New York lost defenseman Marc Staal with 6:31 left in regulation when he was hit by Devils rookie winger Reid Boucher.
NOTES: Saturday night's game marked the start of a Rangers franchise-record stretch of nine games in a row at Madison Square Garden. ... The Devils began a three-game trip. ... Following New York's early skate at their suburban Westchester training facility, coach Alain Vigneault announced AHL call-up RW J.T. Miller would replace Benoit Pouliot in the lineup. Miller skated on a line with C Derick Brassard and LW Carl Hagelin. "(Pouliot) has been given a real fair opportunity and hasn't played to our and his (expectations). Tonight we're going to give the opportunity to somebody else." ... New Jersey entered the game tied for 29th in the NHL in goals scored per game. "I don't view it as the debacle as maybe some other people do," Devils coach Pete DeBoer said after his team's optional skate Saturday morning at The Prudential Center. "We're always concentrating on the offensive side. When you don't get rewarded, that's the mental toll you worry about as a coach, but we've been pretty good that way."

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