NEW YORK, N.Y. - Lee Stempniak scored at 3:07 of overtime and the New Jersey Devils finally gave new coach John Hynes a victory with a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers on Sunday.
Adam Henrique, who scored the Devils' goal early in the second period, made the cross-ice pass that Stempniak fired past his former teammate Henrik Lundqvist to end the exciting 3-on-3 overtime.
Derek Stepan, who scored for the Rangers in the opening minutes, had hit the crossbar just before New Jersey won for the first time in five games.
The loss was the third straight for the Rangers, who opened the season with three wins.
The overtime was wild. Devils defenceman Andy Greene reached behind goaltender Cory Schneider in the opening 23 seconds and pulled Rick Nash's shot off the goal line before it went across.
Lundqvist stole one from the Devils with 2:35 left in the extra session, coming across the crease to stop Kyle Palmieri on his doorstep. Greene set up the shot with a great pass.
Schneider finished with 26 saves. Lundqvist had 22.
The Devils had a great chance to take the lead early in the third period when they had a two-man advantage for 1:36 after defenceman Kevin Klein was called for delay of game on a penalty kill. However, the Rangers did not allow a shot.
After being shut out by the Canadiens on Thursday, the Rangers didn't need long to get on the scoreboard against the Devils. Rookie Oscar Lindberg picked up a loose puck at centre ice, skated it into the New Jersey zone and found Stepan in all alone in front. The centre cut across the crease and slipped a backhand between Schneider's pads at 3:12.
Schneider stopped Stepan in the slot minutes later and Devils defensive Damon Severson prevented Kevin Hayes from sliding a puck into an open net with a sliding block with his leg.
New Jersey, which may not have had a quality chance in the first period, tied the game 1:52 into the second period when Henrique stuffed his own rebound past Lundqvist. It was his team-high third goal of the season.
NOTES: The Devils scratched RW Tuomo Ruutu with an undisclosed injury. ...Backup G Antti Raanta is still waiting to make his first regular-season appearance with the Rangers. ... Klein got the best of Palmieri in a late first-period fight. ... Stepan has 11 goals against New Jersey, the most he has scored against any team. ... New York has outscored its opponents 9-2 in the first period this season.