New Jersey Devils (7-4-3 17pts) @
New York Rangers (9-3-3 21pts)
After suffering an afternoon defeat yesterday, the New Jersey Devils head across the Hudson River to take on their heated rivals in the New York Rangers for their first matchup of the season. The first period was pretty even between these rivals as they were feeling each other and traded some scoring chances. New Jersey would get on the board first as Jesper Bratt scored on a breakaway on a beautiful pass from Dawson Mercer for his fourth goal of the season to give the Devils a 1-0 lead heading into the second period.
The Rangers tied up the score early in period three as Adam Fox stole a clearing attempt, moved to the backhand and roofed it past Devils goalie MacKenzie Blackwood for his fourth goal of the season. Alexis Lafreniere would gives the Rangers their first lead of the game at the 11:24 mark. Lafreniere tucked the puck into the back of the net off of a rebound shot from Jacob Triuba as the power play expired for his fourth goal of the year and the 2-1 lead for his team. A couple minutes later while on the power play, Dougie Hamilton tied the game up 2-2 for the New Jersey Devils. Hamilton skates to the top of the left face off circle and riffled a shot to the top of the net that would beat Rangers goalie Alexander Georgiev. The score would remain tied 2-2 heading into the third period.
Kappo Kakko gave the Rangers their lead back at the 6:29 mark scoring his first goal of the season. Kakko forced a turnover in the neutral zone, skated in and scored on a nice move on the play. Unfortunately for the Devils, goalie MacKenzie Blackwood had to exit the game after hitting his head and being pulled by a concussion spotter. Backup goalie Jonathan Bernier would enter the game in relief of Blackwood. With 2:44 left in the game, Pavel Zacha would follow the rebound shot from Tomas Tatar that bounced off Nico Hischier and then put the puck into the back of the net to tie the game 3-3. This game would head to overtime.
Overtime was very exciting and saw both the Devils and Rangers exchange offensive chances but were unable to get it done in the extra period. A shootout would be necessary to decide this game and a shootout it was as it went all the way to the seventh round where Chris Kreider would score the winning shootout goal to give the New York Rangers a 4-3 win over their rivals the New Jersey Devils. The Devils look to get back in the win column on Tuesday night as they return home to host the Ottawa Senators.
New Jersey Devils
New York Rangers
Next Up: New Jersey Devils vs Ottawa Senators, Tuesday 11/16/21 @ 7pm EST