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Rafalski leads Devils to overtime win

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Brian Rafalski and the New Jersey
Devils were disgusted with the way they played the first two
periods against the New York Rangers.

They channeled that anger into a comeback capped by Rafalski's
winner at 3:17 of overtime that gave the Devils a 3-2 win on
Saturday night.

"We were really ticked off," Rafalski said. "We took it up
ourselves to go out there and do something about it."

Viktor Kozlov, who earlier had a goal, circled around the
Rangers' net to feed Rafalski for the winning shot from the left
circle.

"He is so big and the new rules really help him," Rafalski
said of Kozlov. "He protects the puck so well and they can't
restrain him. I just had to move into position."

Alexander Mogilny also scored for the Devils and Martin Brodeur
made 33 saves.

Jason Ward and Martin Rucinsky scored for the Rangers. Henrik
Lundqvist made 25 saves in his NHL debut.

"He's a very levelheaded guy," Rangers coach Tom Renney said
of Lundqvist. "This won't stick with him too long. He'll be right
back at it in the next practice"

Trailing 2-1 and outshot 26-8 entering the third period, the
Devils tied the game as Mogilny started the rally with a power-play
goal at 2:14 when his shot from the slot trickled past Lundqvist.
The Devils, passive and penalty-prone in the first two periods,
pressed the attack to outshoot the Rangers 17-6 in the third.

New York had taken the lead in the second period on Rucinsky's
power-play goal at 8:32.

In the first period, Ward gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead with an
unassisted goal at 4:57. Ward knocked the puck away from Brodeur
behind the New Jersey net and scored before the Devils goalie could
recover. A video replay confirmed that the puck crossed the goal
before Brodeur swatted it away.

The Devils tied the score at 1 on their only shot of the period
at 15:39. Kozlov got the goal with a deflection off Rafalski's
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^Notes: Lundqvist led the Swedish Elite league last season in wins
(33) and goals against average (1.79). ... D Maxim Kondratiev and
RW Petr Prucha also made their season debuts for the Rangers as D
Tom Poti and C Jamie Lundmark were scratched. ... The game was
delayed about five minutes midway through the second period when
the arena lights dimmed due to a weather-related power surge.