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
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.