Rangers 4, Devils 3

Defenseman Brendan Bell snapped a tie with 3:04 left, and the

New York Rangers earned a preseason split with the New Jersey

Devils in a 4-3 victory on Friday night.

Bell flipped a shot from the right point that got past Devils

goalie Martin Brodeur, giving the Rangers the win. New York lost

2-1 in overtime to New Jersey on Wednesday night in Albany,


The Devils nearly tied it with 2:22 remaining but a goal was

waved off because Nick Palmieri was in the crease.

Brad Richards had a goal and assist in his Rangers debut, and

Derek Stepan and Marian Gaborik added goals for New York. Chad

Johnson stopped all 10 shots he faced in the third period for the


Adam Henrique, Jacob Josefson and Ilya Kovalchuk scored for New

Jersey, which erased a 3-1 deficit in the second period. Brodeur

played the entire game for the Devils and made 27 saves.

The Devils took a 1-0 lead just 1:32 in when Henrique beat

Martin Biron with a backhander in front during a power play. But

the advantage didn’t last long as the Rangers struck for a pair of

goals just over a minute apart.

Richards, in his first game with New York since signing a

nine-year, $60 million deal, tied it at 4:22 when his centering

pass intended for Wojtek Wolski was deflected in by New Jersey

rookie defenseman Adam Larsson.

Stepan put the Rangers in front at 5:43 when he took a pass from

Ruslan Fedotenko at the outer edge of the right circle and snapped

a shot past Brodeur, who made his preseason debut.

”I felt pretty good out there,” Brodeur said. ”It was the

first time in pads in a game situation for the first time in a long

time, but I felt good. They rolled out three lines of NHL-ready

players out there in a preseason game, and that’s a lot for this

time of year. But there’s plenty to work on.”

Gaborik, expected to be on Richards’ right this season, made it

3-1 at 1:32 of the second period with a power-play goal. He also

assisted on Richards’ first-period goal. New York was successful in

its experiment of using five forwards and no defensemen on the

power play.

”The power play looked pretty good,” Gaborik said. ”We were

moving the puck well. Five forwards … so far, so good. Hopefully,

we won’t make any turnovers so we can keep it up there.”

The Devils stormed back in the second on Josefson’s goal at

7:26, and Kovalchuk’s goal with 3:15 left in the period and 1

second remaining on New Jersey’s two-man advantage.

Biron was replaced by Johnson at the start of the third period

after stopping 13 of 16 shots. Henrik Lundqvist got the night off

after playing against the Devils two nights earlier.

This was New York’s second-to-last game in North America before

the regular season begins. The Rangers will play at Philadelphia on

Monday before heading to Europe for four exhibition games,

beginning next week. New York will then face Los Angeles and

Anaheim in season-opening games in Sweden.