|051105: NYR 3 NJD 2 (SO)
||[Nov. 5th, 2005|04:21 pm]
NEW YORK (AP) -- Petr Prucha scored New York's first goal and then netted another to end the sudden-death shootout, helping the Rangers win 3-2 Saturday and sweep a home-and-home series with the New Jersey Devils.
Brian Gionta, who scored twice in regulation, kept the Devils alive by beating Kevin Weekes with a goal in the third and final round. Sudden death became necessary when Jaromir Jagr then hit the post.
Weekes made a left skate save while on his stomach to set up the heroics for Prucha, recalled earlier this week from the minor leagues. Prucha joined Michael Nylander as Rangers scorers against Scott Clemmensen in the tiebreaker.
The Rangers 3-0-1 against their area rivals, have three wins in a season over the Devils for the first time since the Stanley Cup-winning year of 1993-94. The teams play each other four more times.
Jagr assisted on Prucha's second-period, power-play goal, giving him a 12-game point streak. He has 12 goals and seven assists in the run.
Blair Betts got New York even at 2 with 9:52 remaining in regulation. Jason Ward's centering pass from the goal line hit New Jersey's Zach Parise. The puck caromed in front where Jason Strudwick whacked at it. Betts found the rebound and smacked in his third goal.
Only Gionta solved Weekes, who made 23 saves in his second straight start. He tipped in Sean Brown's shot from the point to break the scoreless deadlock 1:40 into the second period when the Devils had a two-man power play. Gionta has five power-play goals after netting only two before this season.
It was only 13th power-play goal allowed by the Rangers, who entered with the fourth-best penalty-killing unit in the NHL. New York has given up four goals when skating with a 3-on-5 disadvantage.
Gionta struck again at 9:50 with his team-leading ninth. The puck bounced around in traffic as the Rangers were changing lines, and Gionta emerged from the New York zone with the puck and raced down the right side. He let go with a long wrist shot that beat Weekes inside the post to make it 2-0.
Clemmensen was in goal for the fifth straight game. He is filling in for Martin Brodeur, who is bothered by a sore knee. Before Thursday night's 4-2 Rangers victory, Brodeur had played in 68 straight games against New York -- 56 in the regular season, dating to December 1993.
Clemmensen was forced to stand tall through three two-man disadvantages. He made 13 of his 35 saves in the third period when New York sustained its most pressure. Jagr had eight of his nine shots after the first period.
There were five two-man power plays in the game, with 13 penalties whistled through the first two periods.
The Rangers have scored at least one power-play goal in 13 of 15 games this season -- going 7-3-3 in those contests. ... Devils D Colin White returned to the lineup after missing eight games with a pulled groin. ... Nylander got tangled up with White early in the second period and White fell on Nylander's right leg. Nylander returned for his next shift, flexing his leg. He went down again, but returned shortly after. ... Gionta has eight career two-goal games.
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