Rangers blank Devils in season finale

Updated: April 28, 2013


Henrik Lundqvist stopped all 20 shots he faced
and Rick Nash scored twice as the New York Rangers silenced the New Jersey
Devils, 4-0, in the season finale for both teams from Madison Square Garden.

Derek Stepan and Ryan Callahan contributed a goal and assist each for the
Rangers (26-18-4), who finished the season in sixth place in the Eastern
Conference. The Rangers will play Washington in the first round of the

“You’re (damn) right I’m proud of ’em. I like ’em. I think it’s a good team,”
said Rangers head coach John Tortorella, after his club finished 9-3-1 since
the trade deadline to snag a postseason berth.

Lundqvist, the reigning Vezina Trophy winner, notched his second shutout of
the season.

Johan Hedberg made 17 saves for the Devils (19-19-10), who lost for just the
second time in their last six to complete a season without playoff action.

“We were not good. It was a bad situation that we did not handle well,” stated
Devils head coach Peter DeBoer.

Stepan opened the scoring at 2:37 of the first period, a one-timer from the
slot off a Callahan dish.

Callahan made it 2-0 shortly into a New Jersey power play, breaking up the
middle and beating Hedberg through the pads as he tried for a poke check
inside of a minute remaining in the first period.

New York assumed a 3-0 edge with 2:37 left in the second period, as Brad
Richards stole the puck from a Devils defender and fed in front to Nash for a
high wrister to the near side.

Nash struck again at the 5 1/2 minute mark of the third, the end point of a
three-way pass play which began between Mats Zuccarello and Richards.

Game Notes

The Rangers won three of four in the season series … New York has beaten New
Jersey in seven of the last nine games in Manhattan … Nash collected his
fourth multi-goal effort of the season … The Devils were blanked for the
fourth time in the last 12 contests.