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"I knew it was coming," Dubinsky said. "It was just a matter of time before somebody was going to fight him. He seems to always turn away the tougher guys -- not taking anything away from myself -- and go after other guys. It's just the way he is."
Despite being held to only four shots in the first period and none until more than seven minutes had elapsed, the Rangers grabbed the lead on rookie Hagelin's 11th goal. After the Devils failed to get the puck out of their zone, New York defenseman Dan Girardi sent it behind the net. Callahan shoveled a quick, short pass in front to Hagelin, who slammed a shot in at the left post.
That was enough to hand the Devils losses on back-to-back days and give the Rangers a 2-0-1 mark after three games in four days.
"It was a great job by us," Hagelin said. "Maybe they were a bit tired, who knows? But at the same time they were playing well. They were grinding us down low, but we found a way."
The Devils, who also had four shots in the first period, had the only power play in the first. Brodeur was also caught wandering out of his net a few times, but managed to get back into position before the Rangers could catch him. Lundqvist made the best stop when he blocked Clarkson's backhanded try at the doorstep with just under eight minutes left, during New Jersey's power play.
NOTES: The Rangers acquired D John Scott from the Chicago Blackhawks for a fifth-round pick in this year's draft. He wasn't in the New York lineup. New Jersey didn't make any trades Monday before the deadline. ... The Devils began a stretch of seven of nine games against Atlantic Division rivals. They will face the Rangers once more in that span, take on the New York Islanders three times, and the Philadelphia Flyers twice. ... Clarkson entered with 97 penalty minutes this season. ... Hagelin, who had a goal in the Rangers' home win over Buffalo on Saturday, has scored in consecutive games for the first time. ... The Devils allowed only 16 shots in each of their previous two games.
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