September 27, 2002Pre-Season Game 6: Devils & Rangers, 2-2 Tie
The New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers skated to a
2-2 tie on Friday, September 27, 2002 in East Rutherford.
Bobby Holik returned to Continental Airlines Arena for
the first time since signing with the Rangers on July 1. Even
though he has not yet played in a single regular season game for the
Rangers, he was wearing an "A". He was booed loudly, when he was
announced in the starting lineup and every time he touched the puck.
Just 3:09 into the first period, Mike Danton and Matthew
Barnaby dropped the gloves. The officials let the two battle it
out for quite some time before breaking it up. Barnaby has a
slight height/weight advantage, though Danton held his own and most
would agree was victorious.
Jim McKenzie got his first goal of the pre-season at 8:45
of the first period to give the Devils a 1-0 lead. McKenzie's
goal was assisted by defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Scott Stevens.
Matthew Barnaby tied the game with an unassisted
power-play goal at 11:18. Brodeur attempted to clear the puck,
but it was intercepted by Barnaby and shot easily into the open net.
Scott Niedermayer beat Mike Richter on the power-play at
17:44 of the first to give the Devils a 2-1 lead. Jamie
Langenbrunner and Sergei Brylin assisted on the goal. This was
the first pre-season game for Brylin, who had be out, re-habbing his
The first period ended with the Devils leading the
Rangers, 2-1. The Rangers outshot the Devils 8-5 in the period.
There was no scoring in the second period. New
Jersey outshot New York 12-5 in the period.
Jamie Lundmark tied the game by pushing the puck past
Brodeur from the rebound of a Bobby Holik shot. Lundmark's goal
came with just 1:04 left in regulation time.
The third period ended with the game tied, 2-2.
The Devils outshot the Rangers 10-7 in the period.
The overtime period ended without any scoring - the game
ended in a 2-2 tie. The Devils outshot the Rangers 30-21 in the
The Devils were weak on the power-play, only converting on
1 of 7 chances. The Rangers were 1 for 3 with the man-advantage.
Mike Danton had a productive night - in addition to the
fight with Barnaby he also drew two penalties, Barnaby (unsportsmanlike
conduct) and Richter (slashing).
Even though there was no broadcast (television, radio,
or internet) of the game, there were television timeouts, as there
would be had there been a broadcast.
Scott Niedermayer and Brian Rafalski wore "A"s for the
The three stars of the game were: (1) Scott Niedermayer,
(2) Martin Brodeur, (3) Jamie Lundmark.
Former Devils Assistant Coach, Slava Fetisov, was at the
arena for the game.
Devils scratches: Patrik Elias, Joe Nieuwendyk, Brian
Gionta, Ken Daneyko, and Tommy Albelin.
The announced attendance for the game was 10,024.
The parking fee at Continental Airlines Arena is now
$10.00, a 25% increase from the $8.00 fee last year.
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