New York Rangers defensemen Matt Gilroy scored the games final goal at the end of the second period as New York held on to win over the New Jersey Devils 3-2 yesterday in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils for the first time since 2002 have lost their intitial two regular season contests. The Rangers were down 2-1 early on but rallied back before both teams were eventually shut down throughout the entire third period.
“We didn’t come out ready,” captain Chris Drury said. “It was pretty obvious at the start of the game and he let us know. From that point on I thought we responded very well. You’re not always going to get away with bad starts like that.”
The biggest game changer for the Rangers was their ability to score in power-play opportunities. Before their matchup against the Devils, New York was 0-for-9 in all of their previous power-play attempts for the season. The Rangers will next face off against the Washington Capitals while New Jersey heads to Tampa Bay to take on the Lightning.