Rangers Push Devils to Brink of Elimination with 5-3 Win

New Jersey in 3-1 one series hole
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2008 9:55 PM CDT
New Jersey Devils' Colin White, left rear, checks New York Rangers' Ryan Callahan in front of Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur during the first period in Game 4.   (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
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(Newser) – Marc Staal pushed the New York Rangers within a win of the second round. No tricks or funky screens were needed to beat Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils on this night. Staal scored his first NHL playoff goal with 3:13 left in Game 4, and the Rangers earned a 5-3 victory and 3-1 series lead in the series over New Jersey.

Scott Gomez had two goals and Chris Drury also scored for the Rangers, who could end the series Friday with a win at New Jersey. New York took the first two games on enemy ice before splitting two at home. The rookie defenseman Stahl took a pass from Martin Straka and fired a drive from inside the blue line that got by Brodeur. (Read more hockey stories.)