New Jersey Devils @ New York Rangers
(Series tied 3-3)
Tonight, the New Jersey Devils have a chance to eliminate their arch rivals in the New York Rangers in game six of the first round of these Stanley Cup playoffs. It’s been all New Jersey the last three games as they’ve turned this series around in their favor after being down 0-2 to start the playoffs. Speed was in full force the first period as the Devils were doing a good job hammering the Rangers in their own zone. As a result later on they would get on the board first as Curtis Lazar would put in the rebound shot from the point by Kevin Bahl to make it 1-0 in favor or the Devils. Late in the period, a tripping call would out the Rangers in the power play and saw them finally breakthrough their struggles as Chris Kreider would deflect in a shot from Mika Zabanejad at the left face off circle to tie the game up at one. That wouldn’t be the only tripping penalty as Ondrej Palat would take one with seconds to go and give the Rangers a power play to begin the second period. After the first period, the score would be tied 1-1.
New York didn’t get the lead on that power play but, they did past the midway mark of the second period thanks to a goal from Mika Zabanejad. He received a backhanded pass into the high slot from Chris Kreider and fired a wrist shot that would beat Devils goalie Akira Schmid. Another late period goal would hurt New Jersey as Vladimir Tarasenko would fire one from the high slot to extend the Rangers lead to 3-1 heading into the third period.
The Rangers weren’t done scoring as they struck twice in the third and final period thanks to goals from Barclay Goodrow and Braden Schneider to make it 5-1 in favor of the Rangers. Devils goalie Akira Schmid was pulled in favor of back up Vitek Vanecek. New Jersey added a late power play goal from Dawson Mercer but, at that point it was too late as the Rangers win 5-2 and force a winner take all game seven back in New Jersey on Monday night.
New Jersey Devils
New York Rangers
GOAL (NJ) 11:49- Curtis Lazar (Kevin Bahl, Damon Severson)
Power Play GOAL (NYR) 19:35- Chris Kreider (Mika Zabanejad, Adam Fox)
GOAL (NYR) 10:10- Mika Zabanejad (Chris Kreider, Vladimir Tarasenko)
GOAL (NYR) 18:25- Vladimir Tarasenko (Chris Kreider, Adam Fox)
GOAL (NYR) 7:23- Barclay Goodrow (Jimmy Vesey)
GOAL (NYR) 12:28- Braden Schneider (Niko Mikkola, Filip Chytil)
Power Play GOAL (NJ) 5:12- Dawson Mercer (Nico Hischier, Jack Hughes)
Next Up: (Game 7) New York Rangers @ New Jersey Devils 5/1/23 (Time TBD)
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