NEWARK, NJ — Artemi Panarin scored two first-period power-play goals for his 64th and 65th assists of the season as the New York Rangers recorded a 3-1 victory over their Premier League rival. across the rivers, the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.
Chris Kreider scored his 47th goal of the season and Ryan Strome netted one on his return from injury, while Alexandar Georgiev made 20 saves in earning his fifth straight start. New York has improved to 5-1-1 in its last seven games.
Defenseman Justin Braun, acquired in a deadline trade from Philadelphia, scored his first goal as a Ranger to give New York a two-goal margin.
Yegor Sharangovich scored the Devils’ lone goal, giving them a 1-0 lead at 6:56 in the first for his 20th of the season. He stole the puck from Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba in the New York zone and beat Georgiev with an unassisted backhand.
Three minutes later, Sharangovich got into an argument with Braden Schneider after the Rangers defender checked Jesper Boqvist in front of the Devils bench. Sharangovich earned 17 penalty minutes and a cut to the head, and did not return.
Strome, who has missed the last four games with a lower-body injury, tied the game on the ensuing power play after accepting a pass from Kreider and beating Nico Daws from close quarters.
Kreider definitely gave New York the lead with a deflection in front. New York was playing against a man and Panarin had the first assist.
Braun scored on a slap from the left point in the third period. Daws finished with 14 saves.
New Jersey announced during the first intermission that leading scorer Jack Hughes was out for the remainder of the season with a left knee injury. Hughes was injured Sunday in the second period when he was checked along the boards in his own end by Islanders forward Oliver Wahlstrom.
Kreider is tied with Mark Messier for sixth in franchise history in single-season goals. Jaromir Jagr set the Rangers record of 54 in 2005-06. Adam Graves had 52 in 1993-94, while Vic Hadfield had 50 in 1971-72. Mike Gartner is fourth with 49 in 1990-91 and Pierre Larouche completes the top five with 48 in 1983-84. Messier had 47 in 1995-96.
Along with Hughes, Nathan Bastian also missed the game with a lower body injury sustained against the Islanders. … The goal was Strome’s first since March 22 against the Devils here. … The Devils outshot New York 6-1 in the second period. … The Rangers have won three of four games in the season series.
Rangers: host the penguins on Thursday evening.
Devils: Complete four home games against Montreal.