There will be a 7th game between the Rangers and the Devils
The New York Rangers had no intention of getting knocked out in front of their fans on Saturday at Madison Square Garden. Led by their best players, they beat the New Jersey Devils 5 to 2.
We will therefore be entitled to another final game in the first round. It will take place on Monday at the Prudential Center.
Chris Kreider understood the importance of the moment and was at all times in the victory of the Blueshirts. At the very end of the first period, he tied the game by deflecting a point shot from Mika Zibanejad.
In doing so, Kreider scored his 16th career goal when his team faced the 'elimination. He tied a National Hockey League record owned by Mark Messier.
Kreider didn't stop there. Midway through the second period, he served a perfect pass to Zibanejad in front of the net, allowing the Swedish striker to finally score his first of the playoffs.
Kreider and Rangers didn't let go at the end of the middle period. This time he spotted Vladimir Tarasenko and the Russian sniper had no difficulty deceiving Akira Schmid's vigilance with a laser in the skylight.
The young Swiss porter, who been spectacular in his three previous starts, ran out of magic. He was beaten five times in 29 attempts.
The Rangers were opportunistic in the third period to prevent the Devils from coming back into the game. The sturdy Barclay Goodrow and Braden Schneider found the back of the net.
Dawson Mercer allowed the “Devils” to believe it late in the game, but Igor Shesterkin closed the door.
The Russian goalkeeper made 34 saves in the victory.