Scott Stevens scored the first goal this season by a New Jersey Devil defenseman on a long slap shot late in the second period and the Devils defeated the New York Rangers, 3-1, on Tuesday night at East Rutherford, N.J., ending the Rangers' six-game unbeaten streak.
The Devils extended their unbeaten streak against the Rangers to 11 games (7-0-4) by becoming the first team in three games to score against Mike Richter. He had come into the game after shutouts against the Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes, but he was beaten by Brendan Morrison, Stevens and Jay Pandolfo.
Stevens got the winner with 1:57 to play in the second period on a shot from just inside the blue line.
"It rolled just before he shot it," said Richter, who had 26 saves. "He shot it hard, it was lucky, it just dipped a little bit. If I went down in a lazy way it would have hit me, but I stayed up to control the rebound and it just went under where my glove was."