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October 17, 2001
Devils Lose to Rangers 3-4 in Overtime
    The New Jersey Devils lost 3-4 in overtime against the New York Rangers in New York on Wednesday, October 17, 2001.   Though the Devils lost their fourth straight game, they did get their first point of the season - for the regulation tie.
    Bobby Holik scored at 10:55 to give the Devils a 1-0 lead.   Holik's goal was his first of the season was assisted by Scott Niedermayer.
    Brian Leetch scored at 17:46 for the Rangers to tie the game at 1 goal apiece.   Brodeur felt he was interfered with on the goal (it appeared that way to me), but the referee would not call it.
    After one period, the Devils and Rangers were tied 1-1.   The Devils outshot the Rangers 15-10 in the period.
    The Rangers got help from Scott Gomez near the end of the second period.   Gomez was called for a slashing penalty - likely a bad call.   The bigger problem was, Gomez complained so much that he got another two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct.
    The Ranger capitalized on both power-plays by getting goals from Lindros at 18:39 and Nedved at 19:52 - giving them a 3-1 lead.
    The Devils outshot the Rangers 19-10 in the period, but trailed 1-3 on the scoreboard after two periods.
    Brian Rafalski scored twice in the third period to tie the game, 3-3.   Rafalski's goals came at 9:52, assisted by Scott Niedermayer, and at 12:15 on the power-play, assisted by Bobby Holik and Patrik Elias.
    Regulation time expired with the game tied 3-3.   The Devils outshot the Rangers 14-10 in the period, and 48-30 through regulation time.
    The overtime 5 minute sudden-death period began with four on four hockey, but quickly became four on three.   Petr Sykora took a hooking penalty just 43 seconds into OT.
    Theo Fleury score the overtime power-play game winning goal at 1:20.
    Scott Gomez was benched the entire third period and OT, as puunishment for the bad penalties he took at the end of the second period.
    Turner Stevenson left just 11:17 into the game with knee injury.   The injury was caused by Rangers Defenseman Tomas Kloucek - who was penalized for the hit.
    The Devils were 1 for 5 on the power-play; the Rangers were 3 for 6 with the man advantage.

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