It was another winner at the Prudential Center for the New York Rangers as it took overtime and a Kevin Klein snipe on short side of Corey Schneider at 2:42 into the extra period. It was a fantastic drop pass by Chris Kreider as he skated with the puck from center ice and into the Devils zone, but waited for Klein to get close and made the move.
But this game was a tale of two teams that used the power play to convert most of their chances to take a lead until that magic moment came from the red hot Rick Nash to tie the game in the 3rd period. At 14:32 of the 3rd Period Kevin Hayes took a hard rip after the puck was dug out of the near corner, which was saved by Schneider but the puck was loose in front of his pads. Nash dug it out and a flipped a quick backhander to tie the score at three a piece for his 8th of the season.
The start of the 2014-15 season for Nash has been amazing as he is sharing the top of the points leaders with John Taveras of the New York Islanders and Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Every time Nash has the puck on his stick or when he is in perfect position to accept a pass, he can smack it home with ease and there are those who were waiting to see if he can have a season with the Rangers, like he did with the Columbus Blue Jackets in years past.
But the Devils had some good moments as well when Jaromir Jagr finally converted his first goal against Henrik Lundqvist to tie the score in the 1st period on the power play off a rebound and Adam Henrique gave the Devils a lead in the second period with his shot being screened by Jagr and Ryan McDonagh. It looked like the Devils were going to win the game with an early goal in the 3rd period by Jon Merrill, but Chris Mueller ripped a fantastic pass from Derick Brassard to cut the lead to 3-2 at 9:06 of the 3rd Period.
While Schneider had a good game for the Devils, so did Lundqvist, but tonight the Rangers needed an extra period to earn that second point and defeated the Devils at the Prudential Center as they ride a three-game winning streak to Montreal for an Eastern Conference revenge game at the Bell Centre after the Rangers went on a three game losing streak and coughing up six goals at the Garden against the Maple Leafs and Islanders.
AUTHOR: Daniel Feuerstein