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Is Aaron Voros the new Sean Avery (but without the annoying personality)? He stood in front of Martin Brodeur all game long, as the two got to know each other. And in the process, the Rangers free-agent acquisition from Minnesota scored two goals and assisted on another. It looks like we have a new fan favorite. The Blueshirts picked up where they left off last season by beating the Devils yet again, 4-1, to remain unbeaten for the year.

The Voros/Dubinsky/Zherdev line dominated again. Brandon Dubinsky had a goal (that Brodeur helplessly waved at) and two assists, and Nikolai Zherdev pitched in with an assist. That’s the second game this year that line has racked up seven points. They’re the best line on the team so far, and they’re fun to watch. It looks like Brodeur has found his new Rangers nemesis in Voros. After Avery interned at Vogue for part of the summer, he and Brodeur actually spent a month together working on a sitcom pilot, Fatso and the Intern. But whenever the Devils goalie couldn’t remember his lines, Avery would drive Brodeur to tears with chants of Mar-ty! Mar-ty! The project was subsequently cancelled. Now Voros can take over, make himself at home in the crease and agitate Brodeur to no end. Dubinsky and Voros weren’t perfect, though. The center gave away the puck leading to New Jersey’s only goal, while the left wing took a stupid slashing penalty in the third period. But when they score, they roll around the ice like a bunch of wrestling polar bear cubs.

Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves and upped his record vs. the Devils to 13-2-4. He was the best goalie on the ice again and has now only let in five goals in four games. He’s not facing a lot of shots but is making the spectacular save when he has to. A big reason why he’s not being peppered with shots is the solid play of the defensemen. Marc Staal, Dan Girardi (two assists), Paul Mara (assist) and Wade Redden are all stepping up in front of Lundqvist. And the offense keeps on pressuring the puck and forechecking (except for the second half of the second period last night).

The Rangers netted two power-play goals for the first time this season (both scored by Voros). Though they couldn’t get anything going on a five on three in the third. And the penalty kill is still perfect. Five games and counting. Ryan Callahan put the cherry on top with an empty-netter (with an unselfish assist by Dubinsky). The Blueshirts attained 15 out of 16 points against New Jersey last season, and they’re off to a roaring start this year.

In sad news, the Rangers’ 2007 first-round draft pick, Alexei Cherepanov, passed away during a game in Russia. He skated off the ice, sat down on the bench (next to Jaromir Jagr) and suffered an apparent heart attack. He was 19. Unbelievable.

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