NEW YORK (AP) – Jaromir Jagr scored two goals 26 seconds apart and Brendan Shanahan finished off a most improbable third-period rally just over a minute later to lift the New York Rangers to a 3-2 victory that snapped the New Jersey Devils’ season-high, four-game winning streak Tuesday night.

A 2-0 Devils lead was erased in a 1:30 span, leaving goalie Martin Brodeur hanging his head and Rangers fans derisively chanting “Mar-ty Mar-ty.”

Henrik Lundqvist withstood New Jersey’s late pressure once Brodeur was pulled for an extra skater and finished with 20 saves to give the Rangers their first home victory since defeating the Devils on Oct. 16. They are 5-1-1 in their last seven overall.

Jagr tied it 26 seconds after his first tally with arguably the ugliest of his 598 career goals. Jagr wound up from near the right-wing boards but shanked a shot high into the air. It floated and fluttered toward the goal and eluded Brodeur.

, who had both arms in the air.

Rangers forward Jason Ward was stationed at the left post and had his stick ready to tip the shot as it fell past the crossbar. He didn’t make contact, and the puck dropped in.

Shanahan finished the spurt at 3:35 on the Rangers’ fifth shot of the period when he beat diving Devils defenseman Johnny Oduya to Michal Rozsival’s long lead pass and came in alone on Brodeur to score his 14th of the season.

Jamie Langenbrunner and Brian Gionta each scored, with assists from defenseman Brian Rafalski, but the Devils went only 1-for-6 on the power play – including three penalties against Jagr. New Jersey had won six of seven.

The Devils, who average fewer than three goals per game, had reverted to their trademark defensive style and were playing it well until the Rangers rallied for their third victory when trailing after two periods. Through its winning streak, New Jersey hit the three-goal mark twice and outscored opponents only 9-6.

Brodeur had little action in the opening period when New York recorded three shots. The first didn’t come until nearly 10 minutes elapsed, and the last was a buzzer-beating drive by Adam Hall from outside the blue line.

Langenbrunner made the most of his far-away attempt when he one-timed a pass from Zach Parise between Lundqvist’s pads at 9:05 of the opening period. Lundqvist wasn’t screened and stared down at his clenched pads still in the butterfly position after the goal.

There was no mystery about Gionta’s goal that made it 2-0 with 4:26 left in the second period.

Just 13 seconds into Brendan Shanahan’s goalie interference penalty that cut short the Rangers’ third power play, New York forward Blair Betts mistakenly shot the puck in the crowd as he tried to clear the zone – without being pressured – and was sent off for delay of game.

It took only 38 seconds of a 5-on-3 advantage for the Devils to make the Rangers pay as Gionta got the blade of his stick on Patrik Elias’ drive and deflected it past Lundqvist for his eighth of the season and fourth on the power play.

Notes: Former Czech President Vaclav Havel was in attendance. Both teams are captained by Czech Republic natives: Jagr for the Rangers, Elias for the Devils. … New Jersey C Scott Gomez (groin) missed his fifth straight game. … New York D Darius Kasparaitis was also scratched after being recalled from a conditioning assignment at AHL Hartford.

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