National Hockey League
NY Rangers 3, New Jersey 0
When: 7:00 PM ET, Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Where: Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
Referees: Jon McIsaac, Dean Morton
Linesmen: Matt MacPherson, James Tobias
Attendance: 3600

Mika Zibanejad scored in the first period, Artemi Panarin tallied in the third and Igor Shesterkin made 27 saves for his first career shutout, and the visiting New York Rangers beat the New Jersey Devils 3-0 Tuesday night.

The Rangers began a stretch of four straight games against the Devils by improving to 10-4-4 in their past 18 games. New York entered Tuesday four points behind the Boston Bruins for the fourth and final playoff spot in the East Division.

Zibanejad scored his 15th goal -- and 12th in 15 games -- 7:02 into the game.

His latest goal came on a dynamic play when he finished off a breakaway by switching from his backhand to his forehand after speeding past New Jersey defenseman Will Butcher.

Zibanejad's goal occurred after the Rangers were stopped twice on breakaways in the opening minutes. He nearly got a second goal with about 13 1/2 minutes left when MacKenzie Blackwood made a point-blank save. But a little over a minute later, the Rangers extended their lead on Panarin's 13th goal of the season.

Panarin made it 2-0 when he finished off a cross-ice pass from Filip Chytil by firing a one-timer from the right circle that beat Blackwood to the side and went into the vacated left side of the net.

Shesterkin improved to 5-2-2 since returning from a groin injury he suffered last month in New Jersey. He stopped Jesper Bratt less than a minute in, made a point-blank stop on Nico Hischier with about three minutes left in the second, and then dove to smother a long shot by defenseman Ty Smith with 6:55 remaining.

Shesterkin then finished it off with four saves on a New Jersey power play in the final 79 seconds.

Defenseman Adam Fox collected two assists for the Rangers, who have won the past three meetings and outscored New Jersey 15-4.

Pavel Buchnevich added an empty-net goal that was the 20,000th goal in team history.

The Devils lost their seventh straight home game (0-6-1) and also dropped to 2-7-2 in their past 11 contests.

Blackwood finished with 17 saves.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
NY Rangers   New Jersey
Pavel Buchnevich 2 Points N/A
Pavel Buchnevich 1 Goals N/A
Adam Fox 2 Assists N/A
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
Pavel Buchnevich 1 Short Handed Goals N/A
Igor Shesterkin 1.000 Save Percentage Mackenzie Blackwood .895
Igor Shesterkin 27 Saves Mackenzie Blackwood 17
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
NY Rangers 20 3 0-0 2-2 14 15
New Jersey 27 0 0-2 0-0 10 22
Upcoming Games
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