Originally created 01/16/04

Devils, Rangers skate to a tie



NEW YORK - Matthew Barnaby scored with 1:49 remaining in regulation to lift the New York Rangers into a 3-3 tie with the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.

The Devils appeared to be on their way to another win over the Rangers after Sergei Brylin scored to snap a third-period tie. But Barnaby salvaged a rare point for New York against New Jersey with his late goal.

Martin Brodeur made 30 saves in his 50th straight start against the Rangers, who are 1-21-13-1 versus the Devils since Feb. 17, 1997.

Mike Dunham made 30 stops for New York, outshot 2-0 in overtime.

Brylin put the Devils in front 3-2 at 4:05 of the third, just 3:37 after rookie Chad Wiseman scored his first NHL goal to tie it at 2 for New York.

New York's third goal came when Mark Messier worked the puck behind the net and found Barnaby in front. The feisty forward split two Devils defenders and beat Brodeur.

Brodeur gave up a long-distance goal to Anson Carter late in the first period, before Scott Niedermayer assisted on goals by Erik Rasmussen and Jay Pandolfo in the second to give New Jersey a 2-1 lead.

The Devils haven't lost to the Rangers since falling in overtime on Oct. 17, 2001 - going 7-0-4 in that span. New Jersey was without captain Scott Stevens for the fourth straight game, and Niedermayer wore the 'C' in his place.

Stevens had been fighting the flu, but has still felt run down since recovering from the illness. New Jersey general manager Lou Lamoriello said Stevens will be out another seven to 10 days because the defenseman might be feeling the effects of an unknown hit from earlier in the season.

Carter gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead with 1:11 left in the first period. Jan Hlavac carried the puck into the Devils' zone after Carter forced a turnover. Hlavac dropped a pass back to Carter, who slapped a shot from the blue line past Brodeur.

The Devils tied it and went ahead when Rasmussen and Pandolfo scored 3:08 apart. Pandolfo took a pass in front from John Madden, who had carried the puck the length of the ice, and beat Dunham.

Wiseman got the Rangers even just 42 seconds into the third when a pass trickled loosely off Barnaby's stick. Wiseman found the puck in the slot and chipped a shot over Brodeur's stick.

It was Wiseman's first point in seven career NHL games.

But Brylin cleaned up a big rebound left by Dunham, waited patiently in front, and put a backhander in over the goalie's shoulder at 4:05.

BRUINS 1, SABRES 0

In Buffalo, N.Y., Felix Potvin made 27 saves for his 31st career shutout and Sergei Samsonov scored to lift Boston over Buffalo.

Potvin, 3-0-1 in his last four starts, helped Boston extend its winning streak to five games and its unbeaten streak to seven (6-0-1-0).

The Bruins got their first shutout in Buffalo since April 4, 1993.

Mika Noronen made 24 saves for Buffalo, which had its home unbeaten streak stopped at seven games.

Samsonov scored his ninth goal with 4:33 remaining in the second period. Joe Thornton recovered a loose puck in the corner and swung around to the slot, where he fed Glen Murray.

Murray's one-timer was stopped by Noronen, but Samsonov tucked in the rebound.

Thornton extended his point streak to seven games. Samsonov has a point in five of seven games since returning from a knee injury.

Buffalo came closest to scoring in the game's first minute, when Daniel Briere hit the post.

Potvin made consecutive stops in traffic five minutes into the third period. He stopped Jason Botterill from the slot, and foiled Ales Kotalik on the rebound while sprawled on the ice.

Potvin, who made 12 saves in the third period, raised his record against Buffalo to 5-7-4. Two of his five wins have been shutouts.

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