Dec 7, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Eric Gelinas (22) celebrates with teammates after scoring the game-winning goal against the New York Rangers during the overtime period of a game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Crazy Finish Gives Devils 4-3 Win Over Rangers In OT


New York, N.Y. - The New Jersey Devils searched to end their three game losing streak and also stay undefeated against the New York Rangers in 2013-14.

Eric Gelinas was the hero of the game with a slap shot in overtime to give the Devils the 4-3 win. Just 1:02 into the overtime period, Andy Greene drew a four minute high-sticking penalty from Ryan Callahan, possibly the best penalty killer on the Rangers roster. The penalty was huge for the Devils and opened up the one-timer opportunity for Gelinas to win the game.

The game was almost sealed in regulation before Chris Kreider tied the game up at 3-3 with only 22 seconds left in the third. The Rangers were on a 6-on-4 advantage after a late delay of game penalty on Travis Zajac.

Dec 7, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New Jersey Devils center Tim Sestito (23) records an assist on this goal past New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the second period of a game at Madison Square Garden. New Jersey Devils right wing Cam Janssen (not pictured) scored the goal on the play. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Devils went down early on a two-on-one goal from Brad Richards at the 3:32 mark of the first period. Then not even a minute into the second period Mats Zuccarello gave the Rangers a 2-0 lead, but the Devils bounced back.

Cam Janssen cut the lead in half, scoring his third goal of the season off of a rebound off of a shot from Tim Sestito. Martin Brodeur through a rink-long pass to Sestito causing an odd-man rush. Brodeur was also given an assist on the play.

Zajac opened the scoring in the third period with a beautiful shot to the roof in close quarters. Jaromir Jagr made an awesome play behind the net, skating circles around Ranger players before centering the puck that Zajac put in.

Michael Ryder gave the Devils their first lead of the game at 15:56. Ryder toe-dragged around John Moore and snapped one past Henrik Lundqvist. Ryder has now scored in three of his last four games and is starting to heat up as of late and now has eight goals on the season.

The win boosts the Devils to 30 points, but stays one behind the Rangers and Carolina for fourth place and two points behind Washington for the eighth spot in the conference.

The Devils hit the road to take on the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night and hope to form a winning streak moving forward.

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