John Madden scored six minutes into overtime on Sunday night, giving New Jersey a 4-3 win over New York and putting the Devils back into their Eastern Conference series against the Rangers.
Madden and Jay Pandolfo outworked the Rangers on the winning goal, with Madden's shot banking off New York goaltender Henrik Lundqvist from a bad angle.
"I'm not going to lie. It was a lot of luck," Madden said. "I thought Sergei [Brylin] might be there, but their guy was standing there. It hit him in the foot and went in. It was real lucky, but we need to get those breaks to get back into the series."
Brylin, Patrik Elias and Zach Parise each scored for the first time in the playoffs for New Jersey, who now trail the best-of-seven series 2-1. The Devils have never been swept in their history.
"In the overtime, we weren't thinking. We were just going," Parise said. "We wanted to get this win. We had a lot of great chances."
Rookie Brandon Dubinsky scored his first two career playoff goals for the Rangers, with Sean Avery also scoring. The pesky Avery also took screening a goaltender to a new level in the second period, waving his stick high in the air just inches from Martin Brodeur's mask, something that may draw attention at the NHL's head office.
"It's a 5-on-3 and I'm trying to get to the puck," Brodeur said. "I'm trying to look around him. It was almost impossible because of the stick so close to my face. I've played for 15 years in this league; I've been watching games for 33 years. I had never seen that in my life.
"I don't think that kind of behaviour should be done in front of the net, but there is no rule for it."
Jaromir Jagr had three assists for the homeice Rangers, with Martin Straka chipping in with a pair.
Game 4 of the series takes place at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.
"Those first two games, the lucky breaks went our way," said Jagr. "Today it went their way in overtime. Nobody said it was going to be easy. It's going to be hard. We have to take the positive.
"We're still ahead 2-1."
Brodeur rebounded from the first two games with a stronger effort, finishing with 27 saves, two less than Lundqvist. Brodeur had lost his five previous playoff games, dating back to last year.
The road team has now won each of the first three games of the series.
Brylin gave the Devils their first lead of the series just three minutes into the game, cashing in a rebound of Arron Asham's shot.
Seconds after hitting the post, Dubinsky evened matters at 12:17 of the period.
The teams split the next four goals, each coming on the power play.
Bryce Salvador and Vitaly Vishnevski, in the lineup for Andy Greene, took minor penalties to give New York a 5-on-3 power play for a full two minutes. They struck with Scott Gomez drawing his fourth assist on a set-up to Avery.
New York defencemen then took three consecutive penalties in the period, allowing the Devils to regain the lead.
Fedor Tyutin was cited for closing his hand on the puck at 12:45. Marc Staal failed to clear the puck with a backhand shot on the ensuing power play, with Elias intercepting and firing it past Lundqvist for his 36th career playoff goal.
Parise then found the mark at 15:13 with Michal Rozsival in the penalty box.
The Devils kept the pressure on the suddenly rattled Rangers, with Parise just missing a chance for a second goal, but Elias took a penalty at the period's final whistle.
Dubinsky made New Jersey pay, converting Jagr's pass for a 3-3 tie just 55 seconds into the third period.
The teams traded chances the rest of the way, and Brodeur took a hard knock to the head late in the third period as Ryan Callahan crashed into the goaltender.
Brian Gionta, still without a point in the series, hit the right post early in overtime for New Jersey. Just over four minutes later, Madden rendered it moot.