On a day that was a lot more hype than substance, the New York Rangers followed up the days events with a game filled with more substance than style, but got the job done. The New York Rangers shutout cross river rival New Jersey Devils 2-0 at Madison Square Garden Monday night just hours following their failed attempts to land superstar forward Rick Nash from the Columbus Blue Jackets.
A team built on chemistry and hard work, the Rangers may be better off without Nash as acquiring him would have required them to part with several key pieces to their current team and the future, according to who you believe.
The Devils were not expected to participate in the trade deadline deals as they had already landed their big fish, trading for offensive defenseman Marek Zidlicky from the Minnesota Wild over the weekend. Zidlicky was unable to help provide an offensive boost as New York played a strong forechecking game and did not give up much time and space to the Devils. Don’t feel bad for the Devils though, they shutout New York in the last meeting and have another chance to get their revenue on Tuesday, March 6 at the Prudential Center. The Rangers and Devils will face one another again next week as their decades long rivalry shows no signs of cooling off anytime soon. Last night’s game featured a fight between Eric Boulton and Brandon Prust as well as another bout between Brandon Dubinsky and David Clarkson.
In a game that featured very few offensive chances, New York outshot New Jersey by a slim margin of 15-13. The difference being a Carl Hagelin shot from the left post off a behind-the-net feed from Ryan Callahan which eluded Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur.
The goal, rookie Hagelin’s 11th on the season, came at 16:59 of the first period and the two teams continued to battle it out in a game that can be described as a hard-fought neutral zone duel. Each team had to fight for every inch of ice as neither was willing to give the other a chance. Stifling defenses and body check after body check made for a thrilling game as fans knew NY was just one goal away from taking a commanding lead and NJ was just one goal away from knotting things up.
Despite their best efforts, the Devils could not get the puck past New York netminder Henrik Lundqvist and with an extra attacker on the ice and their net empty, the Devils surrendered an empty net goal to Rangers captain Ryan Callahan which sealed the victory for the home team.
Every game between these two teams is unpredictable, thrilling, physical and emotional… for players and fans alike!
See the rematch at the Prudential Center next week, great seats remain available as of this writing.
Find New Jersey Devils tickets today and watch them as they march towards the playoffs and hope to have better luck next time against the New York Rangers.