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Devils 8, Rangers 5

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Devils 8, Rangers 5
New York Rangers 5, New Jersey Devils 8

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -Patrik Elias made his voice heard loudly when the New Jersey Devils let a big lead get away, and then spoke volumes by pumping in the winning goal moments later.

Elias scored with 8:31 left to rescue the Devils, who squandered a four-goal edge yet managed to finally beat the New York Rangers, 8-5 on Friday night.

Just 11 seconds after Ryan Callahan got the Rangers even at 5, Elias put the Devils in front again. Brian Gionta built the lead up to two 1:35 later and gave New Jersey its first regular-season win over the Rangers in 12 tries.

The Devils' second onslaught culminated with Jamie Langenbrunner's goal with 4:53 remaining, capping a spurt in which they scored three times in 3:38.

"We got the momentum on our side," Elias said. "Every line right after the goal kept going. And we got another one and another one.

"It was a very awkward game. We don't want that to happen very often."

New Jersey appeared to have things in hand with a three-goal second period that created a 5-1 lead. The Devils stormed in front by taking advantage of the Rangers' putrid power play that generated two short-handed goals for New Jersey and nothing for New York in nine opportunities.

Travis Zajac scored twice, Gionta had a goal and three assists, Dainius Zubrus and Elias both added a goal and two assists, Langenbrunner had one of each, and Zach Parise set up four goals in the Devils' highest-scoring game this season.

"If I wasn't bald before, I'm really bald now," Devils coach Brent Sutter said. "We played well. We did a lot of good things here."

Nikolai Zherdev had a goal and three assists for the Rangers.

In a bizarre game that looked nothing like most matchups between the cross-river rivals, New Jersey finally figured out goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who absorbed all the punishment.

The Devils stretched their winning streak to four, all against teams with better records, with offense. They had yielded only four goals in the previous three wins. New Jersey closed within six points of the Atlantic Division-leading Rangers, but this game surprisingly hung in the balance.

"What we didn't do right at that time was we just didn't control the puck enough," Elias said. "When you have a four-goal lead, you have to control it even more than ever.

"There were mixed emotions. Some guys were louder than the other ones. Some guys were just trying to calm everybody down."

New York lost for the fourth time in six games and has been outscored 25-12. Lundqvist had never allowed more than three goals to the Devils, and in 11 starts against them before Friday, he had a 1.24 goals-against average and two shutouts.

"It was great for us to get to him early," Parise said. "We got the feeling that we can score on him. After a while when you're scoring one or two goals against him, it gets a little frustrating. So it was nice to have that little explosion."

Rangers coach Tom Renney said he wouldn't be uncomfortable going back to Lundqvist for Saturday's home game against Carolina, but would take the night to think about it.

"I have to get it going. I have to try to work even harder and be better," Lundqvist said. "It's not a good feeling to sit here after a game like this. ... It starts with me. I know deep inside I have to play better."

With injured Devils goalie Martin Brodeur watching, Scott Clemmensen made his first start against the Rangers since a shootout loss on Nov. 5, 2005. Clemmensen had gone 7-1 with a 2.20 goals-against average in eight starts before this wild night.

The Rangers outshot the Devils 36-34 in a game that featured four fights, including bouts in each of the three periods.

New York had been 9-0-2 in the 11 previous meetings and had outscored New Jersey 9-3 in two wins this season.

After falling behind 5-1, the Rangers rallied to get within a goal when Paul Mara scored just 1:28 into the third. Callahan gave New York brief hope when he tied it, but the Devils quickly snuffed that out.

The Rangers have scored only once in their past 29 power-play chances and have given up an NHL-worst 10 short-handed goals this season. New York has scored just 21 times with the advantage this season.

"It's kind of hard to explain," Rangers forward Scott Gomez said. "It's something that can't happen and it's costing us."

Jay Pandolfo gave the Devils a 1-0 lead in the first period with a short-handed goal, and Zajac added a power-play tally in the frame. New Jersey broke it open in the second, including even-strength scores by Zajac and Dainius Zubrus, and another short-handed strike from Johnny Oduya.

After entering the second period down only 2-1, the Rangers staged a late rally to get within 5-3. Zherdev had a goal and assist 2:36 apart - setting up Gomez's goal at 18:22 of the second after Gomez assisted on his tally. Markus Naslund had gotten the Rangers even at 1 in the first.

Notes: The Devils and Rangers hadn't combined for 13 goals since Dec. 23, 1986. ... Lundqvist has lost four of five starts. ... Zajac's previous two-goal game came on Oct. 17, 2007.

scoring summary
1st Period
04:04
NJD
SHG - Jay Pandolfo (3) ASST: John Madden (6), Bryce Salvador (4)
1 - 0 NJD
15:54
NYR
Markus Naslund (11) ASST: Scott Gomez (14), Nikolay Zherdev (17)
1 - 1 Tie
16:59
NJD
PPG - Travis Zajac (6) ASST: Patrik Elias (15), Zach Parise (14)
2 - 1 NJD
2nd Period
01:00
NJD
Travis Zajac (7) ASST: Zach Parise (15), Jamie Langenbrunner (13)
3 - 1 NJD
07:31
NJD
SHG - Johnny Oduya (2) ASST: Brian Gionta (15), Zach Parise (16)
4 - 1 NJD
11:33
NJD
Dainius Zubrus (8) ASST: Brian Gionta (16)
5 - 1 NJD
15:46
NYR
Nikolay Zherdev (10) ASST: Scott Gomez (15)
5 - 2 NJD
18:22
NYR
Scott Gomez (6) ASST: Nikolay Zherdev (18), Markus Naslund (13)
5 - 3 NJD
3rd Period
01:28
NYR
Paul Mara (2) ASST: Chris Drury (8)
5 - 4 NJD
11:18
NYR
Ryan Callahan (8) ASST: Nikolay Zherdev (19), Chris Drury (9)
5 - 5 Tie
11:29
NJD
Patrik Elias (12) ASST: Dainius Zubrus (10), Brian Gionta (17)
6 - 5 NJD
13:04
NJD
Brian Gionta (8) ASST: Dainius Zubrus (11), Patrik Elias (16)
7 - 5 NJD
15:07
NJD
Jamie Langenbrunner (5) ASST: Zach Parise (17), Bobby Holik (1)
8 - 5 NJD
penalty summary
1st Period
03:56
NJD
Bobby Holik  Interference against  Paul Mara
06:00
NJD
Jamie Langenbrunner  Slashing against  Ryan Callahan
07:02
NYR
Aaron Voros  Tripping against  Colin White
08:39
NJD
Brian Rolston  Hooking against  Fredrik Sjostrom
11:56
NJD
Mike Rupp  Fighting (maj) against  Colton Orr
11:56
NYR
Colton Orr  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Rupp
14:54
NYR
Aaron Voros  Fighting (maj) against  David Clarkson
14:54
NJD
David Clarkson  Fighting (maj) against  Aaron Voros
16:24
NYR
Markus Naslund  Hooking against  Brian Gionta
2nd Period
01:20
NYR
Dan Girardi  Fighting (maj) against  Travis Zajac
01:20
NJD
Travis Zajac  Fighting (maj) against  Dan Girardi
02:04
NYR
Dmitri Kalinin  Slashing against  Jay Pandolfo
05:43
NJD
Mike Rupp  Hi-sticking against  Brandon Dubinsky
05:43
NJD
Mike Rupp  Roughing against  Brandon Dubinsky
05:43
NYR
Brandon Dubinsky  Roughing against  Mike Rupp
13:25
NJD
Bobby Holik  Interference against  Lauri Korpikoski
18:46
NJD
Zach Parise  Slashing against  Paul Mara
3rd Period
03:21
NJD
Mike Mottau  Holding against  Fredrik Sjostrom
05:34
NYR
Dmitri Kalinin  Interference against  Mike Rupp
05:49
NJD
Brian Rolston  Holding against  Chris Drury
16:17
NJD
Jamie Langenbrunner  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan Callahan
16:17
NYR
Ryan Callahan  Fighting (maj) against  Jamie Langenbrunner
17:21
NJD
John Madden  Cross checking against  Aaron Voros
18:17
NJD
Paul Martin  Slashing against  Colton Orr
18:17
NYR
Colton Orr  Cross checking against  Paul Martin
goalie stats
Henrik Lundqvist
SA: 34TOI: 59:50
Saves: 26EV: 21 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .765SH: 2 - 4
Scott Clemmensen
SA: 36TOI: 60:00
Saves: 31EV: 22 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 9
SV%: .861SH: 0 - 0