NEW YORK – John Madden scored 6:01 into overtime to get the New Jersey Devils back into their first-round series against the New York Rangers with a 4-3 victory Sunday night.
New Jersey beat the Rangers for just the second time in 11 games this season, and will look to tie the series in Game 4 on Wednesday night. The series will then shift back to New Jersey on Friday.
Madden won a faceoff to the right of Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist into the corner. Madden got to the loose puck and centred it. It clipped the right skate of rookie Rangers defenceman Marc Staal and caromed in.
The Devils dominated the extra period, outshooting New York 5-1, and snapped a franchise-worst, five-game playoff losing streak.
New Jersey never had the lead in dropping the first two games of the series at home, but held it three times in beating the Rangers for only the second time in 11 games this season.
Sergei Brylin made it 1-0 in the first, and Patrik Elias and Zach Parise scored power-play goals 2:23 apart in the second.
Rangers rookie Brandon Dubinsky scored his first two career playoff goals, getting New York even at 1-1 and 3-3. Sean Avery scored for the third straight game and continued to be a pest to goalie Martin Brodeur.
It just wasn’t enough this time.
Brodeur shook off a blow to the head late in regulation, finishing with 27 saves and earning his 95th playoff victory. He has started 156 consecutive post-season games for the Devils.
Lundqvist, who hadn’t allowed more than two goals in the previous 10 games against New Jersey this season, stopped 29 shots.