Rangers destroy reeling Devils again



NEWARK, N.J. — Ryan Strome scored twice and the streaking Rangers beat the Devils 6-3 Saturday, sending New Jersey to its fifth straight loss and eighth in nine games.

Adam Fox, Ryan Strome, Kevin Rooney Libor Hajek and Filip Chytil also scored as the Rangers won their third straight and sixth in eight games.

Alexandar Georgiev had 24 saves while filling in for the injured Igor Shesterkin, who sustained a groin injury in a 6-1 win over New Jersey Thursday night.

P.K. Subban and Mikhail Maltsev scored in a 17-second first-period span to give the slumping Devils some hope after falling behind 2-0.

The hope lasted less than two minutes. Rooney, a former Devil who signed with New York this season, capped a 2-on-1 with Chytil flipping a cross-ice pass over Mackenzie Blackwood for a 3-2 lead.

Hajek stretched the lead to two goals 65 seconds in the second period with a shot that deflected off Devils forward Janne Kuokkanen. It was his first point of the season and first goal since getting his first in the NHL against New Jersey on March 9, 2019.

Chytil scored in close in the third period as the Rangers scored 12 goals in sweeping the two games against their Hudson River rivals.

Filip Chytil celebrates his goal against the Devils on Saturday.
Filip Chytil celebrates his goal against the Devils on Saturday.
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Nathan Bastian closed the gap to 5-3, but Strome iced the game with an empty net goal.

The Rangers caught a break early when Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen was called for a double minor for high sticking 1:33 into the contest.

Fox gave New York the lead 33 seconds later scoring on a length of the ice rush. Strome got his seventh of the year in close after a turnover in the Devils’ end.

Subban closed the gap to 2-1 with a point shot at 14:54 and Maltsev tied the score in close at 15:11.

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