Patrik Elias and Sergei Brylin each scored two goals and Martin
Brodeur made 35 saves to hand New York its second embarrassing loss
in two days. On Saturday night in Toronto, the Maple Leafs routed
the Rangers 9-2.
"This is great for our confidence, we needed this," Devils
coach Claude Julien said. "This game meant a lot to our hockey
club. I thought our guys played well. They were very responsible in
following our game plan. The effort was certainly there."
"This was a big divisional game for us," said Langenbrunner,
who also had two assists. "We've already dropped two to them this
year, so this was big."
New Jersey's last two goals were reviewed. At 18:08 of the third
period, goalie Kevin Weekes appeared to stop Parise's shot, but a
video review revealed that the puck crossed the goal line. It was
Parise's 11th of the season.
Elias beat Weekes at 14:59 of the third period, but the puck
bounced out of the net and play continued for several minutes
before a stoppage allowed a review. Elias was credited with his
12th goal and the clock was reset to the point the goal occurred.
Brylin's second of the game, at 1:49 of the third period, put
New Jersey ahead 4-1. Parise carried the puck into the Rangers' end
on a 2-on-1 break and passed to Brylin, who backhanded the puck
past Weekes for his sixth goal.
The Devils snapped a three-game losing streak, while the Rangers
have lost the two lopsided games after winning five straight.
"We have some soul searching," New York's Brendan Shanahan
"We have a really good group. I don't think there is a whole
lot of examination needed to know what went wrong the last 48
hours. It is pretty evident. We are a step slow all over the ice
which leads to breakdowns, which leads to penalties, which leads to
power- play goals for the other team."
Elias opened the scoring with his 11th goal, beating Weekes on a
5-on-3 power play with 34 seconds remaining in the first period.
Elias took a pass from Brian Rafalski in the right faceoff circle
and one-timed a shot past Weekes.
"They score on a 5-on-3 and that is game, set and match for a
team that is trying to get some traction and trying to find its
footing again," Rangers coach Tom Renney said. "They smelled
blood and came after us."
Langenbrunner scored an unassisted goal at 6:25 of the second
period. With the Devils on a power play. Langenbrunner's shot from
just inside the blue line deflected off of Marcel Hossa's stick and
into the net for his 13th goal.
"Our power play has been struggling, especially on the road,"
Langenbrunner said. "To score three goals against them gives us
confidence and hopefully that will carry over to next week."
Petr Prucha scored New York's lone goal at 7:33 of the second.
Jaromir Jagr sprung him loose on a breakaway with a long pass
through center ice. Prucha skated in on Brodeur and chipped a
backhand shot into the top of the net for his sixth goal.
New Jersey converted another power play chance at 10:05 to go
ahead 3-1. Parise forced a turnover in the slot and the puck
bounced to Brylin, who slipped it between Weekes' pads.
With two forwards scratched, Michael Nylander (flu) and
Matt Cullen (sprained knee), the Rangers dressed seven defensemen.
They needed all of them when Marek Malik left the game after the
first period with a strained groin... The Rangers were playing
their seventh game in 11 nights. ... New Jersey has allowed 79
goals, the fewest in the Eastern Conference. ... The game was the
Devils' first in a string of 10 consecutive contests against
Eastern Conference opponents.