New Jersey Devils (19-31-5 43pts) @
New York Rangers (35-15-5 75pts)
The Hudson River rivalry continues as the New Jersey Devils head into NYC tonight to take on their heated rivals in the New York Rangers. It was quiet on the scoreboard for half of the first period until Mika Zabanjad gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead as he collected a rebound in front of goalie Nico Daws, pulled the puck to his backhand, & slid it into the back of the net at the 11:11 mark. Moments later, Nico Hischier was able to tie the game at one as he split two Ranger defenders and released a wicked wristed up high to beat goalie Igor Shesterkin for his sixteenth goal of the season. It would be tied 1-1 after period one.
The score would remain tied until the 8:57 mark of period two as Filip Chytil who wristed a shot from the short side to give the New York Rangers a 2-1 lead. New Jersey had a tough time creating chances and weren’t able to capitalize on the ones they did get. New York would have a 2-1 lead heading into the third period.
New York extended their lead to 3-1 lead as Chris Kreider scored his thirty-sixth goal of the season as he would fire a heavy slap shot from the slot and into the back of the net. Kreider’s goal would seal the victory for the Rangers as they went onto defeat the Devils 3-1. New Jersey had a hard time getting their offense going after Nico Hischier’s goal back in the first period. Next time we see the Devils in action, they will will welcome in the St. Louis Blues to the Garden State for a Sunday afternoon matinee.
New Jersey Devils
New York Rangers
Next Up: New Jersey Devils vs St. Louis Blues, Sunday 3/6/22 @ 1pm EST
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