The New Jersey Devils beat the New York Rangers, 4-1, in Game 4 of the 2012 NHL Playoffs Eastern Conference Finals on Monday night. The win ties the series, 2-2, with Game 5 headed back to Madison Square Garden after two games at New Jersey's Prudential Center.
Martin Brodeur faced 28 shots on the night, turning back 27. Henrik Lundqvist, coming off a 36-save shutout, had 26 saves off 29 shots on goal. For the night, the Devils barely out shot the Rangers, 30 to 28.
The Devils took a 2-0 lead in the first period thanks to goals by Bryce Salvador and Travis Zajac. Zach Parise took over from there, scoring twice in the third period. He finished with three points on the night after assisting on Zajac's sixth goal of the postseason. Parise scored on a powerplay and an empty net.
The Rangers' lone goal came in the third period with just over five minutes remaining in regulation. Ruslan Fedotenko scored his first goal of the postseason with assists from Brad Richards and Michael Del Zotto.
Things got testy in the third period when Mike Rupp took a shot at an unwitting Brodeur, causing a brief brawl among the players and a shouting match between Rangers coach John Tortorella and Devils coach Peter DeBoer from their respective benches.
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