Low-scoring video games have gotten a consolation zone for the Rangers.
Not less than, it appeared that method Friday night time, when the Rangers buckled down and dictated the tempo of play for 60 minutes on the Backyard for a 3-1 win over the Devils.
The Rangers, behind 32 saves by goaltender Igor Shesterkin, restricted their brazen cross-river rivals to a single aim after the Devils had scored three or extra instances of their earlier 5 video games, together with three matchups by which they recorded 5 or extra tallies. The Rangers’ prime line additionally stayed scorching, with Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad main the workforce with a aim and help every within the win.
Shesterkin, who picked up his twenty seventh win of the season, saved the Rangers afloat by way of two shorthanded stretches within the first and one other within the third, however the Russian netminder — to nobody’s shock — made huge stops all night time.
To set the tone, Shesterkin denied Nico Hischier twice on a breakaway within the first interval. He then caught a wrister from Jack Hughes through the Devils’ first energy play and one other shot from Tomas Tatar later within the interval.
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Shesterkin gloved down a P.Okay. Subban snipe from the slot within the second interval, igniting chants of his title. The goalie then got here out to contest Ryan Graves because the Devils defenseman made a transfer to the web at 18:27 of the interval. His helmet popped off, however the Rangers maintained the lead.
Regardless of a considerably decrease variety of pictures from each groups within the second interval, the Rangers regained the lead. Filip Chytil let loose an emphatic fist pump for the Backyard crowd after he wristed one previous Devils goalie Nico Daws from the slot at 8:57 to present the Rangers a 2-1 lead.
Kreider then scored a bit over midway by way of the third interval to place the Rangers up by two.
The Rangers had been lively proper from puck drop within the first interval, outshooting the Devils 16-12, although they headed into the primary intermission tied at one. After Zibanejad cleaned up a rebound on a shot from Jacob Trouba, the Devils answered simply over 2 ½ minutes later when captain Hischier break up the Rangers protection and went prime nook on Shesterkin.
The hits began early and got here usually, with the primary interval culminating to Barclay Goodrow and Subban dropping the gloves.
With Kevin Rooney on injured reserve after struggling an undisclosed upper-body damage on Wednesday, Jonny Brodzinski drew into the lineup for the sixth time this season and the primary time since Jan. 30. Moreover, Greg McKegg was a scratch for the primary time in 26 video games, in favor of Morgan Barron.