Rangers’ Igor Shesterkin gets first NHL shutout against Devils


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Igor Shesterkin made 27 saves in his first NHL shutout and the New York Rangers opened a four-game streak against rival New Jersey Devils with a 3-0 victory Tuesday night at the Prudential Center.

Mika Zibanejad and Artemi Panarin scored and Adam Fox had assists on both goals as New York improved to 10-4-3 since March 13. Pavel Buchnevich scored in an empty net with 28 seconds left for the 20,000th goal in Rangers franchise history. .

Mackenzie Blackwood made 17 saves as the Young Devils fell to 2-7-2 in their last 11. Even the return of Captain Nico Hischier from a broken nose that had sidelined him since February 27 did not help.

Shesterkin, 25, had been on his game from the start, stopping a breakaway from Jesper Bratt in the first 10 seconds and another from Devils top scorer Miles Wood in the second.

Igor Shesterkin makes a save on Jesper Bratt in Rangers' 3-0 win over the Devils.
Igor Shesterkin makes a save on Jesper Bratt in Rangers’ 3-0 win over the Devils.
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Zibanejad, who has scored 12 goals in his last 15 games, scored on a 7:02 breakaway of a wide open first period. The quick cross passed down the center of the ice, passed the defense and beat Blackwood with a forehand over his gloved hand.

After a very defensive intermediate period, Panarin gave the Rangers room to maneuver at 7:50 of the third with a goal from the left circle on a nice cross pass from Filip Chytil.

Panarin’s goal came in his 100th game for the Rangers. It also gave him 138 points in those games, breaking the 100-game mark of 137 set by Mark Messier.

The teams will play again Thursday and Saturday in New York and return to New Jersey on Sunday for the final game of their eight-game regular-season streak. The Rangers lead the series 3-2, having won New Jersey’s last three games.

Defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler made his debut for the Devils. It was acquired on Sunday as part of an agreement with Washington. The Swiss native was paired with Will Butcher and played 15:45.

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