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Devils edge Rangers in battle of rebounding locals

Nov 12, 2013, 10:07 PM EDT

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Maybe it’s the New Jersey Devils who are the tri-state area team who are rebounding after a tough start to 2013-14, instead of the New York Rangers?

That’s debatable, but either way, the Devils squeezed past the Rangers 3-2 on Tuesday to win their second in a row and collect points in four straight games (3-0-1) while the Blueshirts’ four-game winning streak ended.

It’s fitting, as the Devils seem to be a quieter version of the Rangers early on: both teams had slow starts, each had challenging road schedules early on (only the Rangers’ version stole the headlines since it was nine in a row) and both had some bad luck.

New Jersey also might see a hot run from its big-name goalie, only it’s the guy who should be passing the torch (Martin Brodeur) instead of the one expected to carry it (Cory Schneider). Brodeur is now on a three-game winning streak in which he’s allowed just two goals. That includes two shutouts.

Stretching it further, Brodeur has gone 5-1-0 with four goals allowed in his last six games. Not bad for a guy who allowed at least three in his first five contests.

It’s early, but tonight’s game may or may not have provided evidence that each squad cannot be written off just yet.

  1. steelers88 - Nov 12, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Maybe the Penguins wont runaway with the Metropolitan division after all. The Rangers, Devils, Flyers, and Capitals all seem to be turning it around. I also wouldn’t count out the Islanders yet.

  2. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Nov 12, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    If only Henry’s pads were bigger …

  3. devilsarethebest - Nov 12, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Marty’s shutout streak ends at 192:26.

  4. pwilson264 - Nov 13, 2013 at 8:38 AM


    • 950003cups - Nov 13, 2013 at 2:04 PM

      Totally agree! I thought the game was very entertaining. I also thought the refs were blowing calls on both sides in the 1st period. I thought the goaltending was great with BOTH goalies blowing routine saves. Had Brodeur did what Lundqvist did, he’d have been chastised as “too old” “washed up” “overrated” etc…. But since its the other way around, there isn’t much heat on Lundqvist at all for blowing the game.

      That says it all. Brodeur is expected to play at a higher level, where Lundqvist skips by as just a “bad night”.

  5. stepanup - Nov 13, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    Quality game with chances on both ends, and big saves by both goalies. Jagr looked great for the Devils, and they capitalized on their opportunities. Ryan Carter continues to be a thorn in the Rangers’ side. Not at all worried about the Rangers play despite the loss.

  6. hockeyfan763 - Nov 13, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Yes, because it was Henrik’s big pads that stopped Jagr on the breakaway try. Don’t be a moron.

  7. devilsarethebest - Nov 13, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    #1994 #henriqueitsover

    • nebbah306 - Nov 13, 2013 at 9:46 AM

      If you are going to hash tag, at least do it right. You just hashtagged Adam Henrique.

      Also, #devilshaventwonanythingsinceScottStevensandNiedermayerleft.

      • hennnrikkk - Nov 13, 2013 at 10:16 AM

        I think you meant to type #rangersarethemostunsuccessfullandwinninglessoriginalsixteaminnhlhistory

      • brymck1 - Nov 13, 2013 at 10:22 AM

        I think you meant to type #rangershaventwonanthingsinceEsaTikkanenleft…theFIRSTtime

      • mpg44 - Nov 13, 2013 at 12:55 PM

        Ummmm, 2012 eastern conference champs. Or are ranger fans just trying real hard to suppress that memory?

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Nov 13, 2013 at 1:09 PM

        The Rangers have ONE CUP IN 70 YEARS.



        You Rangers fans need a reality check. Thinking you have any leverage to talk trash to a Devils fan is like a Mets fan talking trash to a Yankees fan.

        Pipe down. Don’t make your ignorance known.

  8. DED - Nov 13, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    I’m certainly not a fan of hybrid icing after last night’s game. The Rangers were clearly closer to the puck twice last night and with no Devil anywhere close and yet it was called.

    Sweet save by Lundqvist on Jagr’s breakaway (he’d just emerged from the penalty box).

    Also Brodeur got away with knocking Zuccarello in the head. Instead, they just called roughing on Zidlicky and Zuccarello. That was nuts.

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