Devils, Terreri thwart Rangers, 3-1 bTC Stanley Cup playoffs EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Chris Terreri and the New Jersey Devils continue to make life miserable for their big-city counterparts.

Terreri's 33-save effort and an opportunistic offense helped the Devils beat the New York Rangers, 3-1, last night to take a 2-1 lead in their Patrick Division semifinal series.

Terreri, generally overshadowed by the Rangers goaltending duo John Vanbiesbrouck and Mike Richter this season, was the star for a second straight game as New York outshot New Jersey 34-18. Meanwhile, the Devils scored three goals on their first seven shots, including Scott Stevens' tie-breaker at 16:14 of the first period.

This time, the Devils victimized Richter, who started his first game of the best-of-seven series after Vanbiesbrouck played the first two in Madison Square Garden.

The series resumes with Game 4 at the Meadowlands Arena tomorrow night.

The Devils didn't need many goals last night the way Terreri was playing. He has stopped 101 of the 107 shots against the Rangers, who led the NHL's overall standings and finished 18 points ahead of the Devils.

Perhaps Terreri's best stop was one of his last. With the Rangers pressing, Terreri made a nifty glove save on Mark Messier's bullet from the lower right circle with 1:14 remaining.

Stephane Richer, playing despite a cracked kneecap, gave the Devils the early lead with a 20-footer from the slot through Richter's pads at 8:50 of the first period.

Bruins 3, Sabres 2

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Adam Oates got his second straight game-winner, breaking a tie with 39 seconds left in the second period to give Boston a victory in Game 3 of the Adams Division semifinals.

Oates, who won Game 2 in overtime, gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series with Game 4 in Buffalo tomorrow night.

Whalers 5, Canadiens 2


HARTFORD, Conn. -- Murray Craven scored two goals and set up another, as Hartford won Game 3 of their Adams Division semifinal series.

The Whalers, who won a league-low 13 home games during the regular season, cut their deficit in the series to 2-1, with Game 4 scheduled for tomorrow night in Hartford. Only 6,728 fans showed up for the game, the third smallest crowd in Hartford's

NHL history.

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