Lee Stempniak scored late in the second period to snap a tie and the New Jersey Devils ended a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the short-handed New York Rangers on Tuesday night.
Kyle Palmieri, Sergey Kalinin, Adam Larsson and Tyler Kennedy also scored, and rookie Joseph Blandisi assisted on the tying and go-ahead goals in the second period. Cory Schneider made 17 saves as New Jersey beat the Rangers for the third time in four games this season.
The Rangers played without defensemen Ryan McDonagh and Marc Staal and forward Rick Nash. They also played the third period without J.T. Miller, who received a match penalty late in the second for fighting against Kalinin with his hand taped.
- The Rangers were really good to start this game and then scored twice in the first in what was a pretty nice period.
- The second period though was awful and probably one of the worst periods the Rangers have played in a long time. They couldn't execute simple plays, didn't get many shots on on net and let the Devils dictate things. It was very unlike how the Rangers been playing lately.
- Brady Skjei looked a lot more comfortable tonight than he did in his earlier appearances this season. He led the Rangers in ice time tonight
- Marek Hrivik also looked pretty good tonight and got some nice time killing penalties.
- It's a loss and the Rangers are going to need to be a lot sharper during the rest of this road trip.