New Jersey won 4-0 (Game 1 of 4)

New Jersey won 4-0

Game 1: Saturday, April 22nd
Game 2: Monday, April 24th
Game 3: Wednesday, April 26th
Game 4: Saturday, April 29th

3:00 PM ET, April 22, 2006

IZOD Center, East Rutherford, New Jersey

1 2 3 T
NYR 1 0 01
NJ 1 2 36

P. Elias (Devils - LW): Goals: 2, Assists: 4

B. Gionta (Devils - RW): Goals: 0, Assists: 3

J. Langenbrunner (Devils - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 3

NY Rangers at New Jersey 3:00 pm EDT

NY Rangers at New Jersey 3:00 pm EDT Eastern Conference quarterfinals Game One

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- The New Jersey Devils have been dubbed as one of the favorites to advance deep into the Eastern Conference playoffs. But first, they will have to get past an old nemesis.

The Devils begin their quest for a fourth Stanley Cup when they host the rival New York Rangers on Saturday in Game One of the conference quarterfinals.

Despite trailing the Atlantic Division-leading Philadelphia Flyers by 19 points in early January, third-seeded New Jersey capped a remarkable comeback season by winning its last 11 games en route to the division title.

Star goaltender Martin Brodeur was phenomenal down the stretch for the Devils, posting a .938 save percentage during the season-ending surge. The two-time defending Vezina Trophy winner, Brodeur matched his career high with a league-leading 43 wins this season.

But New Jersey has suffered crushing losses in each of its three postseason series with New York. The last time the rivals met was in 1997, when the fifth-seeded Rangers needed just five games to upset the top-seeded Devils in the conference semifinals.

The Rangers hope to exorcise some more recent demons.

After owning the division lead for much of the season, New York dropped its last five games and fell to the sixth seed after being passed by New Jersey and Philadelphia on Tuesday.

The Rangers will need a strong performance from rookie goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who missed seven games down the stretch with a hip injury. The 24-year-old Lundqvist, who set a franchise rookie record with 30 wins, returned to the lineup Tuesday only to allow five goals in a loss to the Ottawa Senators.

New York's offense revolves around right wing Jaromir Jagr, who led the Eastern Conference with 54 goals and 123 points.