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Lofty praise for the two goalies

The Devils' Patrik Elias beats Rangers goalie Henrik

The Devils' Patrik Elias beats Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist for the shootout winner at Madison Square Garden Tuesday night. (January 12, 2010) Credit: AP

The testimonials to Martin Brodeur and Henrik Lundqvist, two elite goaltenders, were plentiful after last night's stunning performances.

"He played phenomenal," Brandon Dubinsky said of Lundqvist, who tied a career high with 45 saves, including 19 in the third period. Brodeur made 51 saves. "Marty is a great goalie and played well, but we just have to continue to work and find ways to bury a few of our chances and not let it get to these shootouts and overtimes."

Said coach John Tortorella: "It was a helluva game to watch. I don't have any complaints for how we played."

Lundqvist, now 2-2 in shootouts this season, had held opponents to two or fewer goals in 15 of his last 18 games. This time, one goal was one too many in the shootout.

Elias makes it count

Patrik Elias had one shot the entire night before the shootout, but made the second count

"[Elias] kind of faked the shot and I went down and froze a little bit and then he roofed it," Lundqvist said. "It was a weird shot, but he is a good shooter. I will think about it tonight. I would have done it a little different . . . I was hoping for a lucky bounce and a game-winner in OT. Going into the shootout is fun, but it is a lottery sometimes."

Ice chips

The Rangers, 8-1-4 in their last 13 games, fired a season-high 51 shots on Brodeur, their highest total since 51 against the Islanders on April 4, 2008 . . . Marian Gaborik, Ryan Callahan and Dubinsky each had five shots . . . Gaborik hasn't scored in four of the last five games and is 1-for-5 in shootouts . . . In his first game back after missing seven, Vinny Prospal (arthroscopic knee surgery) had just one shot in 21:14 . . . Jay Pandolfo and Zach Parise each had six shots for the Devils.

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