October 17, 2001Devils 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
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
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
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
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.