Rangers Take 2-0 Lead Over Devils

Lundqvist continues dominance over metro-area rivals
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 11, 2008 11:08 PM CDT
New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, of Sweden, prepares to glove the puck during the third period of Game 2 of a first-round hockey playoff series, Friday night, April 11, 2008 at the Prudential...   (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
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(Newser) – Henrik Lundqvist and another flukey goal have the New York Rangers halfway to the second round after beating longtime rival New Jersey, 2-1, on Friday. Jaromir Jagr and Sean Avery scored 23 seconds apart early in the third period and Lundqvist made 26 saves in beating the Devils yet again for a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

The win was the Rangers' ninth in 10 games against New Jersey this season. Jagr broke a scoreless tie with another tally that left Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur shaking his head after Jagr’s shot went in off the Devils’ goaltender’s back. Soon After, Sean Avery picked up a shot that deflected off Devils forward Patrik Elias and scored over Brodeur's glove. (Read more hockey stories.)