Igor Shesterkin made 27 saves in posting his first NHL shutout and the New York Rangers opened a four-game sequence towards the rival New Jersey Devils with a 3-0 victory
NEWARK, N.J. — Igor Shesterkin made 27 saves in posting his first NHL shutout and the New York Rangers opened a four-game sequence towards the rival New Jersey Devils with a 3-0 victory on Tuesday night time.
Mika Zibanejad and Artemi Panarin scored and Adam Fox had assists on each objectives as New York improved to 10-4-3 since March 13. Pavel Buchnevich scored into an empty web with 28 seconds to play for the 20,000th objective in Rangers’ franchise historical past.
Mackenzie Blackwood had 17 saves because the younger Devils fell to 2-7-2 of their final 11. Even the return of captain Nico Hischier from a damaged nostril that had sidelined him since Feb. 27 did not assist.
The 25-year-old Shesterkin was on his recreation from the beginning, stopping a breakaway by Jesper Bratt within the opening 10 seconds and one other by Devils high goal-scorer Miles Wooden within the second interval.
Zibanejad, who has 12 objectives in his final 15 video games scored on a breakaway at 7:02 of a wide-open first interval. The speedy heart took a cross in center-ice, blew previous the protection and beat Blackwood with a forehand over his glove hand.
After a really defensive center interval, Panarin gave the Rangers respiratory room at 7:50 of the third with a objective from the left circle off a pleasant cross-ice cross by Filip Chytil.
Panarin’s objective got here in his one hundredth recreation with the Rangers. It additionally gave him 138 factors in these video games, breaking the 100-game mark of 137 set by Mark Messier.
The groups will play once more on Thursday and Saturday in New York and return to New Jersey on Sunday for the ultimate recreation of their eight-game regular-season sequence. The Rangers lead the sequence 3-2, having gained the final three in New Jersey.
Defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler made his debut for the Devils. He was acquired on Sunday in a take care of Washington. The Swiss native was paired with Will Butcher and performed 15:45.
Simply days after serving to the College of Massachusetts win the nationwide championship, defenseman Zac Jones signed an entry-level contract with the Rangers. The 20-year-old had 9 objectives and 15 assists in 29 video games.
Rangers coach David Quinn mentioned Jones drove to New York and can skate with the group till able to play.
NOTES: It did not take lengthy for the feelings to floor. Chris Kreider of the Rangers and Damon Severson of the Devils bought preventing majors at 1:27. … Rangers defenseman Brendan Smith and Devils heart Michael McLeod bought 5 for preventing within the second interval. … The Rangers didn’t have an influence play. … Hischier wore a cage to guard his surgically repaired nostril.
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