The Rangers had dominated the third period of Tuesday night's game with the Devils, fighting and clawing their way to a 15-1 shots advantage in trying to erase a 1-0 deficit, when finally with 3.5 seconds left to play it seemed that the Blueshirts perseverence had paid off. But the referees waved off Artem Anisimov's apparent tying goal and instead sent Marian Gaborik to the penalty box for interfering with Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, thus providing a controversial finish to the Rangers' 1-0 home-ice loss.
Gaborik and his teammates contended that he was trying to stop as he charged towards the crease and that Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov pushed him on top of Brodeur as Anisimov was wristing a ten-foot shot into the cage. The referees disagreed, and the Devils picked up their fifth straight victory, in the process snapping the Rangers' 4-0-1 run.
Brodeur was sensational in the third period for a Devils team that was pushed back on its heels by a determined Rangers squad. Brodeur, who made as many saves in the final 20 minutes as he did in the first 40 combined, finished with 30 saves and earned his NHL-record 117th career shutout.
Carl Hagelin led the Blueshirts with four shots on goal, and his speed helped the Rangers secure a power play with 8:10 left to play in the third period when Bryce Salvador was called for interfering with him. But the Rangers failed to record a shot on goal during the man advantage and finished the game 0-3 on the power play.
Henrik Lundqvist was solid between the pipes for the Rangers, stopping 21 of 22 New Jersey shots. The only goal he allowed was a power play tally on a quick shot from the slot 8:14 into the opening period off the stick of David Clarkson.
The Rangers played an extremely physical game, credited with 52 hits---Brandon Prust and Brian Boyle leading the way with six apiece. They also did a terrific job shutting down Devils sniper Ilya Kovalchuk, limiting him to one shot on goal after he entered the game having recorded 10 points in his previous four games.
Next up the Rangers will face the Tampa Bay Lightning at The Garden on Thursday night.