Devils came back twice but a strong offensive effort by the Rangers blueline was too much for the Devils to overcome
NEW YORK, NY - Although the Devils were able to come back and tie the game twice, a strong offensive effort from New York's blueline pushed the Rangers to a 6-3 win. Defenseman Tony DeAngelo had five points (3-2) in the game including back-to-back goals in the second period.
"We're certainly generating a lot more offense than we were," said Blake Coleman post-game. "They had some pretty solid goaltending. Three in this league should be enough to at least be in the game, but also win a lot of games as well."
"Offensively, we had a lot of shots, had opportunities to score, but we just, defensively, it has to get better. As simple as that," said Interim Head Coach Alain Nasreddine.
"[There were] a couple good individual efforts there. [Coleman] was crashing the net, had some big hits there and was trying to swing the momentum," said Kyle Palmieri following the loss.
It was a high scoring first period with a total of five goals. Artemi Panarin opened the scoring for the Rangers five minutes into the game. Panarin received a pass from DeAngelo and his one-timer fired past Mackenzie Blackwood.
The Devils fought back and tied it when Kevin Rooney scored his first goal of the season, shorthanded. Pavel Zacha, off the faceoff, threw a shot on net and Rooney was able to tip in the rebound.
Tony DeAngelo and Chris Kreider would each score to make in 3-1 Rangers heading in to the final five minutes of the period. Then, Damon Severson fired a shot from the blue line and Blake Coleman redirected it to bring the Devils within 1 after the first period.
The Devils tied it up halfway through the second period when Damon Severson's shot, screened by Coleman, got past the Rangers goalie. The goal was reviewed since the net was displaced as the puck crossed the goal line.
Tony DeAngelo scored twice in three minutes during the second period to add to his strong performance. His first goal, was a wrister as he approached the top of the circle. His second, a power play goal, came seconds after a 5-on-3 advantage for the Rangers expired. Following the fifth goal for New York, the Devils Louis Domingue replaced Mackenzie Blackwood.
The Rangers saw a goal by Jesper Fast in the third frame to seal the 6-3 win.
"It wasn't a lack of effort," said Coleman. "Just some details we can quickly correct, and there's a lot of games coming up that we can turn that around."
"Mental mistakes, myself included, we knew they like to play a little bit of a running gun and they don't like to play in their D zone," said Palmieri. "But we just didn't do a good enough job of tightening things up on our end defensively and it cost us."
"I think everyone knows what the system is, but it's execution," said Nasreddine. "At the end of the day, you can't give up six goals and expect to win."