Rangers vs. Devils: Special Teams Comes Through for Blueshirts in 4-0 Victory over New Jersey

The New York Rangers entered Friday’s matinee vs. the Boston Bruins on a three-game win streak, and it could have been extended to four games had the Blueshirts’ special teams stepped up.

On Saturday, in the second game of a back-to-back, the Rangers got it done on the power play and penalty kill to earn their ninth win of the month. Alexandar Georgiev was a rock in goal, and stopped all 33 shots he faced to pickup the shutout.

Here’s a scoring summary for the Blueshirts.

1st Period

Adam Fox (5) PPG - Kaapo Kakko (5) & Jacob Trouba (9) - 12:45 of the period

The New York Rangers opened the game with a much needed power-play goal after going 0-for-6 on Friday vs. the Bruins. The first unit had a couple of chances early, but it was the second unit who got things done with Kaapo Kakko firing a brilliant cross ice pass to Adam Fox who put it past Mackenzie Blackwood.

2nd Period

Zero goals were scored.

3rd Period

Mika Zibanejad (6) SHG - Brendan Lemieux (7) - 2:35 of the period

The Rangers ended the second period with Libor Hajek taking a double minor for high sticking, and started the third period looking to kill off the balance of the 4:00 infraction. The team not only killed off the penalty, but got on the board when Zibanejad and Lemieux got together on an odd-man rush.

Jesper Fast (3) SHG - Mika Zibanejad (8) & Jacob Trouba (10) - 5:52 of the period

The Rangers once again found themselves in the position of killing a penalty, and they picked up their second shorthanded goal of the game. Jacob Trouba started the rush up the ice, dished it to Zibanejad who found a streaking Fast. Trouba skated in the same direction as the Rangers’ winger, and provided a perfect screen.

Brady Skjei (4) - Unassisted  - 17:18 of the period

The Devils pulled Mackenzie Blackwood late in the third as they were trailing 3-0. Brady Skjei’s clearing attempt went down the ice and into the net to give the Rangers their final goal of the game.

The Rangers are off on Sunday, and will be back in action on Monday night at MSG vs. the Vegas Golden Knights.