NHL: N.Y. Rangers 5, New Jersey 3

April 18, 2008 at 10:45 PM

NEWARK, N.J., April 18 (UPI) -- A goal and two assists by Jaromir Jagr Friday helped send the New York Rangers into the Eastern Conference semifinals with a 5-3 decision over New Jersey.

The Rangers eliminated the Devils in five games to become the second team from the East to advance past the first round of the NHL playoffs. Pittsburgh completed a series sweep of Ottawa earlier in the week.


Scott Gomez, Chris Drury, Brandon Dubinsky and Michal Rozsival all scored for the Rangers, who gained revenge for their first-round loss to the Devils two years ago.

Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves for New York.

New Jersey was eliminated in the opening round for the first time in four years.

The Rangers overcame an early 1-0 deficit with three goals in the first period. Rozsival scored 4:58 into the game to tie it, and less than two minutes later Jagr put New York in front to stay with a power-play goal.

New York boosted its lead to 4-1 before the Devils clawed back to within one. Dubinsky ended all doubt, however, with an empty-net goal in the game's final minute.

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