Rangers drop third straight game in overtime to the lowly Devils

Bobby Bevilacqua

Rangers vs Devils 10-18

Photo courtesy of MSG Photos.

The tough times keep coming for Alain Vigneault and the Blueshirts.

Despite having more possession, more scoring chances, and playing a stronger game overall, the Rangers (3-2-1) lost their third consecutive game, handing the New Jersey Devils their first lead of the season and their first win.

The Rangers dominated the first period, with more shots on goal (9-6), more shot attempts (19-8), and taking the lead just over three minutes into the game. Oscar Lindberg stole the puck in the Rangers defensive zone and carried it up the ice before saucering a pass across the ice to Derek Stepan. Stepan made an excellent deke to open up Schneider before slotting it between his legs for his third goal of the season.

The Rangers wound up controlling the rest of this period. Oscar Lindberg created some excellent chances, connecting on a few more impressive passes, but nobody was finishing their chances. Viktor Stalberg also had a superb period, winning a lot of puck battles and leading the team in possession and hits after 40 minutes.

The Devils came out doing everything in the second period quicker; forechecking, skating and executing their plays. Through the first three minutes, the Devils had four shots on goal and on hit post. They broke through just 1:52 into the second period, and it was Adam Henrique jamming home a rebound for his third goal of the season.

The game opened up around the 13 minute mark, with both teams getting some good chances and opportunities. The Devils were a lot better, with 11 shots on goal and 20 shot attempts. The third and fourth line were the Rangers’ best. Kevin Hayes fit in really nicely with JT Miller and Oscar Lindberg, and Viktor Stalberg and the fourth line had a field day with possession.

The third period started off with a 1:36 Devils 5-on-3 power play after a Jarret Stoll tripping call at the end of the second period, and a Kevin Klein delay of game call. But the Rangers killed off both penalties, allowing no shots on goal.

The Rangers got some momentum following the kill. Derick Brassard, who had a wonderful game, set up Jesper Fast for a dangerous pass, but his shot went wide as a result of a Devils stick. It seemed near impossible to score on Scnheider after getting some excellent chances in the first period.

The Rangers had two power play opportunities, but did nothing with them, recording four shots on goal. New York is 0-12 on the man advantage in their last three games.

The Rangers held a 25-22 shot advantage after regulation, but the game needed overtime to decide the outcome. On their first rush with the puck, Andy Greene saved a sure goal, robbing rick Nash of his first goal of the season. First he kept McDonagh’s stick off of the loose puck in the crease, and then he followed that up by clearing the puck just ahead of the goal line.

With 2:35 remaining, Henrik Lundqvist made a remarkable sprawling save on Kyle Palmeiri, and then covering the puck with the glove. Just 24 seconds later, Derek Stepan rang the puck off of the crossbar and the Devils had a 2-on-1 the other way. Lee Stempniak one-timed the puck past Lundqvist for the first Devils win of the season.

The New York Rangers have scored two goals in their last three games.

The Rangers top six have scored a combined seven goals through six games; Zuccarello – 3, Stepan – 3, Brassard – 1.

Rick Nash has a single assist in six games and recorded just one shot on goal today.

The power play is 1 of 16 to start the season.

The Rangers take on the San Jose Sharks tomorrow night.

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