The New Jersey Devils continued to display the lessons learned from Saturday's lopsided loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, adding another strong effort Tuesday night in a 3-1 victory over the New York Rangers at Prudential Center.
Martin Brodur allowed just one third-period goal to rookie Chris Kreider on the heels of Johan Hedberg's shutout of the Islanders on Sunday.
David Clarkson was the main man on offense for the Devils, scoring two goals and assisting on a third. Patrik Elias continued his strong play with three assists as New Jersey continued to bedevil the Rangers, who they ousted from the Stanley Cup Playoffs in six games last spring.
During that playoff series, rookie Adam Henrique scored the overtime goal that sent the Rangers home and he haunted the Rangers again Tuesday night, scoring just five minutes into the game to give New Jersey a 1-0 lead.
The Devils were especially strong on the penalty kill, wiping out five total New York power plays and four in the first period alone that turned the tide.
Brodeur was strong with the Rangers skating with the extra man and made a beauty of a save on defenseman Marc Staal when New York was up a man for four minutes after New Jersey defenseman Andy Greene was called for high sticking. Staal was set up beautifully in the left circle, but Brodeur slid across, stopping the puck with his pad and covering the rebound.
Clarkson made it 2-0 with less than a minute left in the opening period when he jumped on a loose puck and shot the puck between Henrik Lundqvist's pads.
Clarkson's second goal of the game came early in the third to stake the New Jersey lead to 3-0. Like his first goal, Clarkson pounded on a rebound and slammed the puck past Lundqvist.
The Devils have now killed off their last 15 shorthanded situations.
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