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Game 9 Live Game Blog: Kovalchuk cuts deficit in half, 2-1, in the third period

Ilya Kovalchuk’s goal at 14:08 of the period cut the Rangers lead to one, 2-1, over the Devils in the third period of tonight’s game at Madison Square Garden.

The play started at the point, where Matt Corrente collected a loose puck. The rookie defenseman put a shot on net, and Henrik Lundqvist blocked it away with a pad. Dainius Zubrus, who crashed the crease, collected a loose puck. He sent a no-look pass between his legs to Kovalchuk, who whipped the puck into the wide-open net for his third goal of the season.

Michael Rosival and Ryan Callahan scored second period goals to put the Rangers ahead, 2-0.

Callahan’s powerplay goal at 12:22 put the Rangers ahead, 2-0.

With Ilya Kovalchuk in the box for a questionable interference call, Dubinsky controlled the puck along the side boards. The forward drifted to the circle and put a shot on net, where Callahan redirected the shot through Brodeur’s pads for his first goal of the season.

The Devils had killed off the first three Rangers powerplays of the game before that goal.

Michael Rosival’s goal at 1:26 of the period gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead.

The play started off a rebound shot from Ruslan Fedentko down on the goal line. The shot hit Brodeur high and stung Brodeur. Michael Rosival fired a shot from the point, and the puck deflected off of Devils’ defenseman Andy Greene and into the back of the net.

The scorers originally credited Fedetenko with the goal, but changed the goal to Rosival. It is Rosival’s second of the year.

The Rangers led the second period shots, 12-6, and hold the overall lead in shots, 29-16.

Marc Staal almost made this a three-goal lead with 3:49 left in the second period. His shot ricocheted off the post, and it came out of the crease. The Devils, for what seems like the first time all season, catch a break.

The Rangers led in shots, 17-10. The Devils will have 1:10 of powerplay time left on the minor to Sean Avery. New Jersey is 0-for-1 tonight on the powerplay.

Brodeur one again came up huge at 3:45 of the first period. With the Rangers on the powerplay, the Devils coughed up the puck in their own zone, and Callahan took the puck at the doorstep. The Devil-killer tried to deke and beat Brodeur low, and the Devils goalie laid out in his crease. The puck slid under him, but went wide and missed the net.

The Devils broke out on two 2-on-1 opportunities in the period, but both times tried to force a pass instead of shooting the puck. Down in shots, 13-5, the Devils need shots, not cute passing.

Brodeur once again made a great save at 8:37 of the period. Brandon Dubinsky controlled the puck behind the net with the Blueshirts on the man advantage. The forward found Michael Del Zotto, who pinched down into the circle. He snapped a one-timer on net, but Brodeur was there to make the save.

Both teams have had good scoring chances tonight, but Martin Brodeur has been the busier of the two netminders. He’s had to make some good saves, including a denial of a wraparound try by Alex Frolov.


Here are tonight’s starters:

Ilya Kovalchuk – Rod Pelley – Jamie Langenbrunner; Colin White – Matt Taormina; Martin Brodeur

Sean Avery – Derek Stepan – Ruslan Fedentenko; Michael Del Zotto – Dan Girardi; Henrik Lundqvist


The Devils are 0-3-1 at home this season, but is 2-1-0 on the road. Those two victories have been shutouts.

Devils coach John MacLean made some line changes during pre-game warmups. Ilya Kovalchuk has shifted to the left wing on a line with Jacob Josefson and Jamie Langenbrunner. David Clarkson and Patrik Elias will be centered by Jason Arnott.

The Devils are coming off a 6-1 thrashing at the hands of the Buffalo Sabres last night. Johan Hedberg, making his first start of the season, was pulled after allowing four goals on nine shots. The team played terribly in front of him and couldn’t generate anything against Ryan Miller and the Sabres defense.

It was the second time in eight games New Jersey allowed five or more goals this season. Last season, the team only allowed five or more goals seven times.

Martin Brodeur will start for the Devils. Henrik Lundqvist gets the start for the Rangers.

The Devils have already lost one Atlantic Division game this season. The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated New Jersey, 3-1, on October 10.

The Rangers lost their only division game as well, losing to the New York Islanders, 6-1, on October 11.

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