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Devils' Streak Ends at Nine

January 23, 2006|From the Associated Press

Petr Prucha broke New York's power-play slump, and fellow rookie Henrik Lundqvist outdueled Olympic goalie counterpart Martin Brodeur to lift the Rangers to a 3-1 victory Sunday night at New York that ended the New Jersey Devils' nine-game winning streak.

Prucha staked the Rangers to the lead in the first period with his 24th goal, and Michael Nylander doubled it in the second. Lundqvist did the rest, stopping 31 shots and slowing down the Devils' power play in the process. Dominic Moore secured it with an empty-net goal on New York's 33rd and final shot.

Scott Gomez, a U.S. Olympian, kept Lundqvist away from his third NHL shutout when he cut New Jersey's deficit in half 6:36 into the final period. The Devils hadn't lost since Dec. 31 at Toronto.

The Rangers improved to 4-1-1 against New Jersey this season with two games left. They won the series from their area rivals for the first time since the 1996-97 season.

Minnesota 3, Chicago 2 -- Brian Rolston scored two goals, and Manny Fernandez made 20 saves at Chicago to lead the Wild to its third straight win.

Wes Walz also scored for Minnesota, which won its second straight against Chicago. The Wild beat the Blackhawks, 4-1, on Friday at St. Paul, Minn.

Fernandez lost a shutout bid at 2:12 of the third when Chicago's Rene Bourque scored.

Before the game, the Blackhawks learned that goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin will be sidelined up to six weeks because of a sprained knee suffered in Friday's loss.

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