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DeAngelo gets first NHL hat trick, five points; Rangers defeat Devils

Panarin has goal, two assists, Shesterkin makes 46 saves for New York

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

DeAngelo's five-point game

NJD@NYR: DeAngelo records hatty, two assists in win

Tony DeAngelo records five points, including his first NHL hat trick, against the Devils in the Rangers' 6-3 victory

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NEW YORK -- Tony DeAngelo had a hat trick and five points, matching New York Rangers records for goals and points by a defenseman in a game in a 6-3 win against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.

"My [NHL] career high was two [points in a game] going into tonight," DeAngelo said. "I had a decent amount of two-point games, but three in the first and two in the second, that part is pretty cool. But obviously it was really good to get a win too. The goals were big for us."

DeAngelo had the third five-point game by a Rangers defenseman, joining Hall of Famer Brian Leetch, who did it twice (Feb. 17, 1989 and April 18, 1995). His hat trick was the ninth by a Rangers defenseman; first since Reijo Ruotsalainen on March 17, 1982.

DeAngelo said it was his first hat trick since he was a young kid.

"He's had a pretty special season in a lot of ways," Rangers coach David Quinn said. "Obviously he has a unique skillset. His vision is uncanny. He's as good a passer as I've been around. He just had it all going tonight."

 

[WATCH: All Devils vs. Rangers highlights]

 

Artemi Panarin had a goal and two assists, and Igor Shesterkin made 46 saves for his second win in as many NHL starts for the Rangers (21-18-4).

"He was really good, and we needed him to be," Quinn said.

Damon Severson had a goal and an assist, and Mackenzie Blackwood allowed five goals on 25 shots before Louis Domingue (11 saves) replaced him at 15:02 of the second period for the Devils (15-21-7), who are 0-2-1 in their past three games.

"Defensively it has to get better, simple as that," Devils coach Alain Nasreddine said. "It's not just in our own zone, there were a couple goals that started from their zone from missed assignments or not fully committed to playing the system, breakdowns. … There's got to be a better commitment to defense."

Panarin gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead with a one-timer off a pass from DeAngelo at 5:42 of the first period.

Video: NJD@NYR: Panarin blasts one-timer home from circle

Kevin Rooney's shorthanded goal tied it 1-1 at 8:06, but DeAngelo scored at 9:47 for a 2-1 lead.

On a power play, DeAngelo's slap pass out of the defensive zone banged off the end boards in the Devils zone and went to Chris Kreider, who beat the icing and scored to make it 3-1 at 12:16. It was Kreider's 300th NHL point.

"I told [Kreider] we'd give it a shot there just because of the way they were playing, they were trying to take away [Panarin]," DeAngelo said. "I thought we could catch them and fortunately it took a real good bounce and he made a great finish."

Coleman made it 3-2 at 18:10 on a deflection, and he helped tie the game at 3-3 at 8:56 of the second period when Severson was awarded a goal on video review because Jacob Trouba pushed Coleman into the post, causing the net to come off its moorings prior to the puck crossing the goal line.

Video: Situation Room: Coleman's shot ruled a goal

The initial shot came from Severson and Trouba appeared to knock it toward the goal line with his skate before hitting Coleman into the post.

But DeAngelo made it 4-3 at 12:08 and completed his first NHL hat trick with a power-play goal for a 5-3 lead at 15:02.

Domingue replaced Blackwood before the ensuing face-off.

Shesterkin made the save on the last 23 shots he faced, including 18 in the third period, and Jesper Fast scored on a 2-on-1 with Ryan Strome at 12:56 of the third for the 6-3 final.

 

They said it

"Way too many Grade A chances against. We're certainly generating a lot more offense than we were. We had a lot of good opportunities to score goals. Obviously they had some pretty solid goaltending, but at the same time three in this league should be enough to at least be in the game." -- Devils forward Blake Coleman

"It's nice to see [DeAngelo] get rewarded. I know he works real hard and sometimes defenseman is a tough position to get rewarded, but I mean five points and a hat trick, he's kicking the feet up tonight." -- Rangers forward Ryan Strome

Video: Enterprise Hat Trick: DeAngelo pots three vs. Devils

 

Need to know

Rangers defenseman Ryan Lindgren sustained a lower-body injury and didn't play a shift in the final 36:54 of the game. He is day-to-day, Quinn said. … Panarin became the fourth player in Rangers history to have at least three points in three straight home games. Andy Bathgate (1957-58, 1961-62), Bill Cook (1929-30) and Frank Boucher (1929-30) also did it. … Panarin also became the first player in Rangers history to reach 60 points within his first 43 games with the team. He has a team-high 61 points (24 goals, 37 assists). … The Devils' 49 shots on goal were a single-game season high. … Rooney's goal was his first in 34 games, dating to March 15, 2019.

Video: Shesterkin stops 46 shots for Rangers in win

 

What's next

Devils: At the Washington Capitals on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSWA, MSG+ 2, NHL.TV)

Rangers: At the St. Louis Blues on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; ESPN+, FS-MW, MSG, NHL.TV)

Video: DeAngelo's hat trick powers Rangers past Devils, 6-3

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