At the start of the third period, the Rangers had no multi-goal lead, only a 2-2 tie to break.
Capo Kakko, who entered the game without a single point of the season, broke his first goal of the season relatively early in the final frame, finding the Rangers forced once more when the Devils ’Pavel Zacha tied it up. The game for the third time.
Despite pouring five shots in the extra period, the teams went into the shootout, where Cocko, Artemie Panarin, Ryan Strom and Chris Crider won the Rangers 4-3 win over the Devils at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. The victory extended the Blueshirts’ winning streak to three games.
It was Crider’s first shootout goal of his career, as well as his first shootout attempt since his rookie season.
Despite skating in the second row with Artemis Panarin and Ryan Strom, amid an injury reserve and a relentless struggle to make an offensive contribution in the 10 games they played, Kakko is looking for the first point of the season coming into Sunday’s game. As Streak penetrated into the confines, Kakko scored two points against the Devils.
Kakko scored the first and second points of the season, with his own goal in the third to help Alexis Lafreniere’s second period total.
Sammy Blaze moved into the locker room early in the third period after Devils defenseman PK Subban made a strange contact with the Rangers winger in the corner of New Jersey. When Rangers fans began chanting “Subban sucks,” Blaze helped the locker room without putting a burden on his right leg.
After Kakko’s goal, when the Finnish winger Mackenzie collided with Blackwood, the Devils netminder was pulled by concussion spotters, bringing in Jonathan Bernier.
After scoring three goals in 63 seconds in the middle frame against the Blue Jackets on Saturday, the Rangers buried two goals on the second Sunday and gave up 12 second-period goals in six games. Julian Gautier transported the puck to the Nets in the break-up and could not make a profit, but Adam Fox followed with a game and backhand to tie the game at 1-1.
Rangers goalie Alexander Georgiev continued his fight with the breakaways and gave up a rebound, saving the clutch glove on Devils defenseman Ryan Graves on the other end. Georgiev finished the season’s fourth start with 24 saves.
After the Rangers’ second power play of the game expired, Jacob Trouba fired a shot into the net and Lafreniere banged home to take the lead at 11:25. Lafreniere, who elicited a lively scream after the game, hit a six-game drought with the goal.
When Ryan Lindgren was called in to interfere later, the Devils seized the opportunity. Dougie Hamilton waltzed strongly and scored a power-play goal to score again at 13:20.
By the time the Devils first registered at 3:24 of the opening frame, the Rangers had already recorded five shots on goal. Despite the smart passes in the offensive zone and plenty of high-quality scoring opportunities from the offensive line, the Rangers trailed by one in the second period.
A perfect pass by Dawson Mercer emerged at the breakaway for Jesper Bratt, and the Devils’ second line winger buried it behind Georgiev at 15:23.