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Elias and Brylin each score twice to lead Devils to 6-1 rout of Rangers

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Elias and Brylin each score twice to lead Devils to 6-1 rout of Rangers

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On Saturday night in Toronto, the Maple Leafs routed the Rangers 9-2.

Jamie Langenbrunner and Zach Parise also scored for New Jersey.

Petr Prucha had New York's lone goal.

New Jersey's last two goal were reviewed. At 18:08 of the third period, goalie Kevin Weekes appeared to stop Parise's shot, but a video review revealed that the puck crossed the goal-line. It was Parise's 11th of the season.

Elias beat Weekes at 14:59 of the third period, but the puck bounced out of the net and play continued for several minutes before a stoppage allowed a review. Elias was credited with his 12th goal and the clock was reset to the point the goal occurred.

Brylin's second of the game, at 1:49 of the third period, put New Jersey ahead 4-1. Parise carried the puck into the Rangers' end on a 2-on-1 break and passed to Brylin, who backhanded the puck past Weekes for his sixth goal.

The Devils snapped a three-game losing streak, while the Rangers have lost the two lopsided games after winning five straight.

Elias opened the scoring with his 11th goal, beating Weekes on a 5-on-3 power play with 34 seconds in the first period. Elias took a pass from Brian Rafalski in the right faceoff circle and one-timed a shot past Weekes.

Langenbrunner scored an unassisted goal at 6:25 of the second period. With the Devils on a power play. Langenbrunner's shot from just inside the blue-line deflected off of Marcel Hossa's stick and into the net for his 13th goal.

Prucha pulled New York to 2-1 at 7:33 of the second. Jaromir Jagr sprung him loose on a breakaway with a long pass through centre ice. Prucha skated in on Brodeur and chipped a backhand shot into the top of the net for his sixth goal.

New Jersey converted another power play chance at 10:05 to go ahead 3-1. Parise forced a turnover in the slot and the puck bounced to Brylin, who slipped it between Weekes' pads.

Notes: With two forwards scratched, Michael Nylander (flu) and Matt Cullen (sprained knee), the Rangers dressed seven defencemen. They needed all of them when Marek Malik left the game after the first period with a strained groin... The Rangers were playing their seventh game in 11 nights. ... New Jersey has allowed 79 goals, the fewest in the Eastern Conference. ... The game was the Devils' first in a string of 10 consecutive contests against Eastern Conference opponents.

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Elias and Brylin each score twice to lead Devils to 6-1 rout of Rangers