In an effort to lighten the mood during the lockout, The New York Rangers Blog will be writing faux recaps for every Rangers game missed due to the work stoppage. Enjoy.
NEWARK, NJ – An extremely motivated New York Rangers team took the ice at the Prudential Center Wednesday night, defeating the Devils 9-2. The Devils announced a few hours before the game that they would be raising their Eastern Conference Championship banner in front of the team they beat last May, despite having already played the Bruins in Newark last Saturday.
This did not sit well with the Rangers as they quickly ran out to a 3-0 lead just 5 minutes into the first period behind goals from Rick Nash, Dan Girardi and Taylor Pyatt before chasing Martin Brodeur from the net.
The goaltending change to Johan Hedberg did little to solve the Devils early problems, as the Rangers tacked on 3 more goals in the first period when Nash scored his second, followed by goals from Derek Stepan and Ryan Callahan. The Rangers led 6-0 after one.
Brodeur came out to start the second period, but that didn't stop the Rangers from scoring on him again. Chris Kreider and Carl Hagelin scored 25 seconds apart, just 3 minutes into the second period before being pulled again by Devils head coach, Pete DeBoer.
Brodeur didn't take lightly to his second benching, slamming his stick into the glass which shattered near the Rangers bench, prompting the referees to send Marty off for the night with a 2 minute delay of game penalty and game misconduct.
"I don't know what got into Marty near our bench there, maybe he was angry because he was late for a date with 15 hamburgers at a Bob's Big Boy somewhere." joked Mike Rupp.
Rick Nash scored his first hat trick as a New York Ranger on the ensuing power play to take a 9-0 lead heading into the third period.
Strangely, when the third period began Tortorella directed Lundqvist to stay on the bench and leave the net empty so the Rangers could play with a 6 on 5 advantage.
"After completely embarrassing them with our offense, I thought I'd try to rub it in by leaving our net empty and letting our guys keep them off the scoreboard without a goaltender." said Tortorella.
Eight minutes would go by in the third period before the Devils finally got on the board when Travis Zajac managed to score on the empty net, lifting the puck over a sliding Michael Del Zotto.
Ryan Carter tacked on the Devils second goal of the game with just under 90 seconds remaining.
"You bet some of our guys have a few extra bumps and bruises from blocking shots in that third period," said a beaming Lundqvist after the game. "To beat that team after what they did is very satisfying. We won't forget that."
The Rangers (3-0-0) next game is on Friday night when they visit the Buffalo Sabres.
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