Final

Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series tied 1-1

Game 1: Tuesday, September 27th
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Game 2: Sunday, October 2nd
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Devils 2

(3-2-0, 6 pts)

Rangers 3

(2-3-1, 5 pts)

5:00 PM ET, October 2, 2005

Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

1 2 3 T
NJ 0 1 12
NYR 0 2 13

Top Skaters

New York 3, New Jersey 2

NEW YORK (AP) -- Jaromir Jagr scored the tiebreaking goal with 4:12 left in the third period to lift the New York Rangers to a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Sunday night in the preseason finale for both teams.

Jagr got the puck at center ice and raced down the right side into the New Jersey zone. Jagr cut past Devils defenseman Dan McGillis to get in front of the net and then popped a shot past Martin Brodeur.

Michael Nylander had a goal and two assists for the Rangers, who won despite providing the Devils with eight power-play chances.

New York yielded three goals on 11 short-handed situations Saturday night at Boston and one goal in 10 chances against the New York Islanders on Thursday -- both losses.

The Devils (3-2-0) took a 1-0 lead on David Hale's first-period goal and then got even at 2 when Sergei Brylin scored 11 seconds into the third.

Kevin Weekes made 31 saves for the Rangers (2-3-1), and Brodeur countered with 22.

The teams staged a meaningless shootout after the game to practice the new tiebreaker format that was instituted for this season. New York won that 2-1.

It appeared as though Brylin's goal had a chance to make the shootout a necessity, but Jagr -- who was denied earlier in the third by Brodeur -- changed the script.

Petr Prucha and Nylander gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead by scoring goals 2:53 apart late in the second period.

New York cut its roster down to 26 players before the game by sending defenseman Thomas Pock and forward Chad Wiseman to Hartford of the AHL.

The Rangers will open the regular season Wednesday night at Philadelphia, while New Jersey hosts teenage phenom Sidney Crosby and the new-look Pittsburgh Penguins.

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