The always intense New York Ranger-New Jersey Devil rivalry renewed the latest chapter on Wednesday night, the first time that the Blue shirts of Broadway had an opportunity to travel to the Devils new digs in Newark.
While they may have been amazed at the fancy electronics of the high definition jumbo tron above the ice they were hardly mesmerized and in a cruel twist of fate for Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur, the Rangers played spoiler to Brodeurs bid to reach 500 career wins and then begin the assault on Patrick Roy's magic number of 551.
It would prove to be a frustrating game for Brodeur who surrendered 4 goals on only 23 Ranger shots, the Devils incapable of launching a counter attack and quietly let the game slip away from them, leaving their home record at the new and opulent Prudential Centre at 3-3.
While Brodeur missed out on number 500, it was game number one for Scott Gomez, the first time he has played in the Devils new home since he bolted for the lure of the big city in the off season.
As was expected he was booed every time that he touched the puck by the sell out crowd of over 17,000, a sentiment that was no doubt eased by the final score of 4-2 and the two assists that he picked up on the way to the final result. Somehow the derision of the crowd doesn't bother you as much when you're taking two points back across the river.
New York Times-Quick striking Rangers stay hot
Newark Star-Ledger-Rangers get in the way of Brodeur's milestone
New York Post-RED-HOT RANGERS ICE DEVS
New York Daily News-Jaromir Jagr, rookies lift Rangers over Devils
Photo from the New York Times website