New York Rangers defeat New Jersey Devils, 3-1

The Rangers had been a frustrated team - a consistently losing team - until they received a visit from a Stanley Cup contender and a very familiar rival on Saturday night.

Then they became something of a different team.

"I think it really helped us to have a big rivalry game," said Dan Girardi, who in Saturday night's strong 3-1 victory over the Devils was the right defenseman matching up against the Patrik Elias line that had Ilya Kovalchuk on left wing. "We knew it wa...

Sean Avery will do his bothersome best to make sure of it, even if Martin Brodeur may have to share his attentions from now on.

Getting a visit from the Devils' new superstar just two days after Lou Lamoriello shirked conservatism and snatched him from Atlanta in the biggest splash yet of the NHL's trading season, the Rangers last night saw the Ilya Kovalchuk they remember from the 2007 playoffs - a thwarted scorer whose frustration boiled over in the waning moments of ...