Henrik Lundqvist made 33 saves for his second shutout of the season and Brandon Dubinsky scored two goals to lift the New York Rangers to a 3-0 victory over the Devils on Friday night, keeping New Jersey winless at home.
Dubinsky scored an even-strength goal in the first period and added a short-handed tally in the third during New Jersey’s first power play to tie him for the NHL lead with 10 goals.
Brian Boyle scored in the second to give Lundqvist more than enough offense to beat Devils goalie Johan Hedberg, who subbed for the injured Martin Brodeur.
The Devils, who returned home after a 2-4 road trip, dropped to 0-5-1 in New Jersey. They have been hit hard by injuries, including one to top scorer Zach Parise (knee) that will keep him out for three months. Brodeur thought he would be able to play against the Rangers after sustaining a bruised elbow in Chicago on Wednesday night, but the pain wouldn’t allow it.
Lundqvist stood tall for New York, which was outshot 33-20 a night after being beaten 4-1 at Philadelphia. He was sharp against several Devils flurries in which they controlled the puck and play in the New York zone. It was Lundqvist’s second shutout in four games and 26th in the NHL.
New Jersey was blanked for the second time in three games.
Dubinsky opened the scoring 7:35 in when Artem Anisimov flubbed a shot in front, but nudged the puck over to Dubinsky, who one-timed in a shot.
Dubinsky also played a key role in the goal that made it 2-0 in the final minute of the second.
Despite not having the puck for long stretches of time, the Rangers scored again with 35.5 seconds left. New York gained the advantage when Dainius Zubrus held down Ruslan Fedotenko in the offensive zone, and made the most of it.
After Hedberg made a spinning save while seated in the crease to deny Todd White, he couldn’t prevent the Rangers from doubling the lead. Dubinsky won a faceoff in the left circle to Artem Anisimov, who moved the puck to Dan Girardi at the left point. Girardi glided to the center of the blue line and unleashed a drive that Boyle deflected in the slot with his back to the net.
Boyle, in his fourth NHL season, set his career high with his fifth goal this season. He had four in each of the previous three seasons.
Even with a long-awaited power play, the Devils fell behind 3-0 with poor coverage. White raced in on a breakaway, and was denied by Hedberg. But the puck bounded behind the net and Dubinsky nudged it in at the right post 3:41 into the third.
New Jersey star forward Ilya Kovalchuk displayed his frustration by leaning over the crossbar in disgust as the Rangers celebrated behind him.