Devils extend unbeaten streak to nine


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Martin Brodeur continues to compile
impressive numbers for the New Jersey Devils.

Brodeur made 18 saves for his 67th career shutout Saturday,
leading the Devils to a 5-0 victory over the New York Rangers.

Brodeur moved one shutout ahead of Toronto's Ed Belfour for the
top spot among active shutout leaders.

"We are definitely excited about the number climbing up,"
Brodeur said. "It's a good sign. It means you are winning hockey
games. It's a little overwhelming when people talk to you about it.
It's hard to put it in perspective. I just try to roll with it."

Scott Niedermayer had a goal and two assists, and Jay Pandolfo,
Jamie Langenbrunner, Brian Rafalski and Christian Berglund also
scored as New Jersey extended its unbeaten streak to nine games

The Devils' streak, the longest active run in the NHL, matched
the Devils' best stretch in last year's Stanley Cup championship

"We've been playing well," Niedermayer said. "We wanted keep
that going and not let it slip. Everyone played very well this

The Devils also extended their mastery over the Rangers. New
Jersey is 21-2-12 in its last 35 games against the Rangers, who
lost for the fourth time in five games.

The gap between the two teams showed no signs of narrowing.

"They are on a different level than we are," said Rangers
center Bobby Holik, who also played for the Devils. "They are
contenders. We are just trying to be one of the top eight teams in
our conference.

"This game was not a measuring stick. They are playing for
different stakes than we are."

Pandolfo opened the scoring 70 seconds in, backhanding the
rebound of a shot by Scott Stevens past Mike Dunham.

New Jersey broke the game open with three goals in the second
period, stretching its lead to 4-0.

Langenbrunner tipped Niedermayer's soft backhand flip past
Dunham at 10:29 of the second. Rafalski scored at 17:22, and
Berglund added a goal at 18:54.

Dunham was pulled after two periods and replaced by Jussi
Markkanen, who yielded a power-play goal to Niedermayer at 8:47.

Game notes
Rangers C Eric Lindros missed the game because of a
scratched cornea. He was injured Wednesday night against the
Pittsburgh Penguins. ... The Rangers opened an eight-game stretch
that includes seven road contests. ... Martin Brodeur made his 61st
straight start, including playoffs, against the Rangers. Chris
Terreri, on Dec. 5, 1993, was the last Devils goalie to face the
Rangers other than Brodeur.