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Devils 6, Rangers 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Devils 6, Rangers 1
New York Rangers 1, New Jersey Devils 6

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - The New Jersey Devils knew what to expect in the playoff opener. The inexperienced New York Rangers certainly did not.

The result was a rout.

Patrik Elias scored two of New Jersey's playoff-record five power-play goals and the Devils earned their 12th straight victory by beating the Rangers 6-1 Saturday in the opener of the Eastern Conference series.

"We were warned before the game that they are going to keep calling the penalties the way they did in the regular season," Elias said. "This was more emotional today because we know what's on the line."

The Devils turned the emotions into goals, while the Rangers continued to march to the penalty box and took themselves right out of the game.

New York survived the first period by allowing just one man-advantage goal in four opportunities, but the discipline and penalty killing got progressively worse.

The calls varied from hooking, to elbowing to cross-checking and roughing. Marek Malik took a swipe at an opponent's face right in front of an official.

"We lost our composure, we had some selfish hockey, some undisciplined play, and we had guys that chose to think of themselves ahead of their teammates," Rangers coach Tom Renney said. "One thing we know for sure is we're not going to beat the New Jersey Devils from the penalty box."

The Rangers were called for 16 penalties that totaled 43 minutes and produced 13 power plays for New Jersey. Scott Gomez, Brian Rafalski and Jamie Langenbrunner also scored with a man advantage.

New York, which lost its final five games of the regular season to allow the Devils to win the Atlantic Division on the last day, tied it 1-1 on rookie Petr Prucha's first-period, power-play goal. But the Rangers, playing their first postseason game since 1997, just couldn't stay out of the box.

Elias gave New Jersey a 1-0 lead during New York's first infraction, and Gomez and defenseman Ken Klee beat Rangers rookie goalie Henrik Lundqvist in the second. Rafalski, Langenbrunner and Elias made it a blowout in the third.

"It was one of those crazy games where sometimes it happens," Gomez said. "We hope the power play goes that way the whole playoffs but that's impossible."

The final New Jersey goal, scored with 4:26 remaining, might prove to be the most costly to New York.

Right after Elias scored, Rangers leading scorer Jaromir Jagr was helped to the dressing room with an injury to his left elbow or shoulder. He took a swipe at Gomez, but didn't connect.

He will be evaluated by doctors on Sunday, and his status for Game 2 on Monday is unclear.

"It doesn't matter. We have to get ready for the next game whether I play or not," said Jagr, who had 123 points this season.

Klee's goal that made it 3-1 with 2:50 left in the second period missed being a man-advantage tally by two seconds. Rafalski stretched the lead to three 53 seconds into the third period, 21 seconds after Jagr was sent off for hooking. Langenbrunner netted the Devils' fifth goal at 8:45.

Not only did the penalties give the Devils opportunities to score, but they also kept Jagr planted on the Rangers' bench for long stretches of time. Devils forward Jay Pandolfo didn't have to worry about shadowing the league's second-leading scorer when the Czech star was safely off ice.

Martin Brodeur made 29 saves in his 134th consecutive postseason start for the Devils. He will break Patrick Roy's league record of 136 if he starts the next three games of this series.

By then he might also accomplish one goal that has eluded him in his brilliant career that includes three Stanley Cup titles and two Vezina Trophies. Brodeur and the Devils have never beaten the Rangers in the playoffs, losing the first three series.

"We're going to face a different club," Gomez said. "They got a lot of young guys who got their first taste of it. We've got to be ready for that on Monday night."

The Devils made up a 19-point deficit and passed both the Rangers and Flyers in the Atlantic Division on the strength of their 11-game winning streak - the longest to end a season in NHL history.

Although the crowd was largely in favor of the hometown Devils, many Rangers fans also were in attendance. After Lundqvist made a nice save to keep the game tied in the first period, alternating cheers of "Hen-rik" and "Let's Go Rangers" rained down.

Those chants were all gone by the time Rafalski made it 4-1. The Devils rooters took back their building and serenaded Lundqvist - the Olympic gold-medal winning goalie for Sweden - with taunts of "Mar-ty's Better."

"I won't say I was struggling but I was having a hard time to see the puck," Lundqvist said. "A lot of pucks that went in I never saw. I don't know why."

Notes: New Jersey D Colin White didn't play after the 17-minute mark of the first period. He sustained a groin injury in the season finale and was only 50-50 to suit up for Game 1. ... Rangers C Steve Rucchin was back in the lineup after missing seven games with a broken bone in his right foot.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:55
NJD
PPG - Patrik Elias (1) ASST: Scott Gomez (1), Jamie Langenbrunner (1)
1 - 0 NJD
10:00
NYR
PPG - Petr Prucha (1) ASST: Jaromir Jagr (1), Michael Nylander (1)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
07:48
NJD
PPG - Scott Gomez (1) ASST: Brian Gionta (1), Patrik Elias (1)
2 - 1 NJD
17:10
NJD
Ken Klee (1) ASST: Patrik Elias (2), Jamie Langenbrunner (2)
3 - 1 NJD
3rd Period
00:53
NJD
PPG - Brian Rafalski (1) ASST: Patrik Elias (3), Brian Gionta (2)
4 - 1 NJD
08:45
NJD
PPG - Jamie Langenbrunner (1) ASST: Patrik Elias (4), Brian Gionta (3)
5 - 1 NJD
15:34
NJD
PPG - Patrik Elias (2) ASST: Jamie Langenbrunner (3), Scott Gomez (2)
6 - 1 NJD
penalty summary
1st Period
03:28
NYR
Dominic Moore  Holding against  Cam Janssen
06:39
NYR
Jason Ward  Elbowing against  Scott Gomez
09:01
NJD
Brad Lukowich  Hooking against  Steve Rucchin
12:16
NJD
Colin White  Boarding against  Jaromir Jagr
15:19
NJD
Brian Gionta  Slashing against  Darius Kasparaitis
17:56
NYR
Jed Ortmeyer  Interference against  Jamie Langenbrunner
19:21
NYR
Sandis Ozolinsh  Tripping against  Zach Parise
2nd Period
01:49
NYR
Michal Rozsival  Boarding against  Jay Pandolfo
03:30
NJD
Brian Rafalski  Holding against  Marcel Hossa
06:50
NYR
Blair Betts  Hooking against  Ken Klee
08:16
NJD
John Madden  Hooking against  Jaromir Jagr
13:24
NYR
Marek Malik  Roughing against  Grant Marshall
14:17
NJD
Brad Lukowich  Hooking against  Martin Straka
15:09
NYR
Tom Poti  Hi-sticking against  John Madden
18:09
NJD
Zach Parise  Hooking against  Michael Nylander
3rd Period
00:32
NYR
Jaromir Jagr  Hooking against  Jay Pandolfo
04:52
NYR
Marcel Hossa  Cross checking against  Erik Rasmussen
07:06
NYR
Marek Malik  Elbowing against  Jay Pandolfo
14:11
NYR
Ryan Hollweg  Misconduct against  Cam Janssen
14:11
NYR
Ryan Hollweg  Fighting against  Cam Janssen
14:11
NYR
Ryan Hollweg  Roughing against  Cam Janssen
14:11
NYR
Ryan Hollweg  Instigator against  Cam Janssen
14:11
NJD
Cam Janssen  Fighting against  Ryan Hollweg
17:02
NJD
Jason Wiemer  Roughing against  Martin Straka
17:02
NYR
Martin Straka  Hooking against  Brian Gionta
goalie stats
Henrik Lundqvist
SA: 30TOI: 59:51
Saves: 24EV: 8 - 9
PIM: 0PP: 14 - 19
SV%: .800SH: 2 - 2
Martin Brodeur
SA: 30TOI: 59:30
Saves: 29EV: 16 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 11
SV%: .967SH: 3 - 3