The guidance of assistant general manager Tom Fitzgerald on the bench for the Rangers game on Thursday night was a huge step in the right direction for the New Jersey Devils. Going into the cross-town affair, the Devils were coming off of a high octane offensive game, but a big let down loss to the Florida Panthers at home on Monday. Thursday’s game started and ended differently in a positive light.
The way that DeAngelo scored on a funny loose puck of a goal didn’t seem to last very long. The Devils forecheck in the near end of the period decided to tighten up counter offensive against the Rangers on a bad transition in the neutral zone. Blake Coleman picked up a nice takeaway that led to a goal that went off Alexander Georiev’s goalie mask and bounced in five-hole.
On the next Devils scoring drive, Jack Hughes received a redirect off of him that ended up being Miles Wood’s goal. The Devils did a fantastic job getting in the way of Georgiev early and often. The Devils were very well in sync.
Devils defender Matt Tennyson had two assists that became one of the key stats that proved to stick out. Nikita Gusev’s power proved to keep the game further apart 4-2, shooting five hole on Alexander Georgiev while his countryman Artemi Panarin lost the puck. P.K. Subban looked very confident all game long and looked like he would score on the power play and even strength. P.K. decided to dial in a long distance slap shot, scoring an empty netter to send the New York Rangers out of the building.
Devils fans were howling to ‘Howl’, the goal song, tonight and got to party to ‘Hip Hop Hooray’ as the win song in place for this season.