NEWARK, NJ (CBSNewYork / AP) – Birthday boy Mika Zibanejad scored a great goal in three minutes and minutes New York Ranger defeat New Jersey Devil Sunday 5-3 to sweep a series of four games over the past six days.
Chris Kreider, Vitali Kravtsov, Alexis Lafreniere and Ryan Strome also scored as Rangers extended their season’s highest streak to six games (5-0-1). Alexandar Georgiev, who had to leave the field late in the early stages due to a lower body injury just to come back, finished with 25 saves as New York improved to 13-4-3 in the past 20 games. .
The victory helped New York 4 points behind Boston in the East with 11 games remaining in the official season. Bruins, who have played less than two games, beat Washington 6-3 earlier on Sunday.
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Mikhail Maltsev, Marian Studenic and Nico Hischier scored for the Devil, who rallied from a 3-0 deficit to end the match. Mackenzie Blackwood made 21 saves as the Reds lost their sixth consecutive match and fell 1-8-2 in the past 11 games.
Zibanejad, who has turned 28 and now has points in six straight games, have won Rangers’ sixth power match after being set between the circles by Strome.
Strome was awarded a late goal after being hooked into a breakout situation with the Devil’s net.
The match was similar to Saturday’s one at Madison Square, where Rangers took a 4-0 lead, seeing the Devil take a lead in one goal and then scoring twice into the empty net to put the game away.
Rangers took a 3-0 lead in the second half, with Kreider’s strong play, Kravtsov’s NHL first and Lafreniere’s other.
The young demons grabbed Maltsev’s goal at the end of the second half and were scored by Studenic – his first in the NHL – and Hischier at 5:30 of the third inning to finish the game.
Igor Shesterkin made two late saves in the first half before Georgiev returned in the final 40 minutes.
Devil’s center, Jack Hughes, the top pick on the 2019 draft, was very upset with the second-half penalty for stumbling, he slammed his stick into the glass. He committed a 10-minute misconduct at that time.
On the match, Hughes was penalized a small penalty in 43 games this season. He had 10 minutes in 61 matches last year. He surpassed the total in one anger.
The Devil’s goals came from Hughes in the penalty area.
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Striker Nolan Foote has become the sixth Devil to make an NHL debut this season. He joined Maltsev, Studenic, Ty Smith, Yegor Sharangovich, and Tyce Thompson in the group. He had an assist to Hischier’s goal
Foote’s father, Adam, won the Stanley Cup in 1996 and 2001 with Colorado in a 19-year career. His brother, Cal, is a protector for Tampa Bay Lightning.
NOTE: Rangers D Anthony Bitetto played for the first time since February 24, playing 27 games. D Libor Hajek had a day off. … Kreider’s goal was his 10th goal in the game of strength, one of the best in the tournament. His 19 goals in total are tied to Pavel Buchnevich for the top spot in the team. … Reds Andreas Johnsson overcame a 13-point drought in the match with an assist for Studenic to score.
Rangers: go to Long Island to face the Islanders on Tuesday.
Devil: Going to Pittsburgh for the first time in three straight trips with Penguins.
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