Rangers Top Devils 4-1, Take Series Lead

Longtime Jersey star Gomez torments team with three assists
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Apr 9, 2008 10:02 PM CDT
New York Rangers' Sean Avery celebrates with Christian Backman, right, and Fredrik Sjostrom, left, after Avery scored against the New Jersey Devils in the third period.   (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
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(Newser) – Scott Gomez showed the New Jersey Devils just what they let get away. In his first playoff game against the team he grew up with, Gomez assisted on three of the New York Rangers' goals in a 4-1 playoff-opening win over the Devils on Wednesday night.

Ryan Callahan surprised Devils goalie Martin Brodeur with a goal-scoring swoop around the net in the third period, and the Rangers wrested away home-ice advantage from New Jersey. Callahan's shot off a drop pass from Gomez trickled tantalizingly in the crease as Brodeur moved slowly to corral it. Callahan followed his short-handed shot and flew in front near the left post to bang the puck in at 7:23. (Read more NHL stories.)