National Hockey League
NY Rangers 4, New Jersey 0
When: 7:00 PM ET, Thursday, April 15, 2021
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Referees: Brian Pochmara, Kyle Rehman
Linesmen: Julien Fournier, Tony Sericolo
Attendance: 1688

Artemi Panarin collected two goals and an assist as the host New York Rangers cruised to a 4-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night, shutting out their division rival for the second game in a row.

Panarin posted his third multi-goal game of the season. He has 10 goals in 18 games since returning March 13 from a two-week absence for personal reasons.

Defensemen Jacob Trouba and Ryan Lindgren scored in the opening 6:39 as the Rangers improved to 11-4-3 in their past 18 games. New York remains four points behind the Boston Bruins for the fourth and final playoff spot in the East Division.

Colin Blackwell added a career-high three assists while Ryan Strome set up Panarin's goals as the Rangers beat the Devils for the fourth straight meeting.

New York's Igor Shesterkin had an easy 16-save night to follow up his first career shutout, when he stopped 27 shots Tuesday as the Rangers beat New Jersey 3-0. He improved to 6-2-2 since returning from a groin injury.

The Devils played without leading scorers Pavel Zacha and Jesper Bratt, who both sat out because of undisclosed injuries. New Jersey lost its fourth straight and fell to 2-8-2 in its past 12 games.

New Jersey goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood allowed four goals on 33 shots.

The Rangers produced one of their best periods of the season and held a 3-0 lead through 20 minutes.

Just 47 seconds in, Trouba opened the scoring with a rising wrist shot from the right faceoff circle. The tally was set up by a drop pass from Blackwell, who gained possession following a no-look pass by Mika Zibanejad.

Lindgren's first goal in 98 games since Nov. 10, 2019, came on a wrister from the left circle after getting a slick pass from Panarin with 13:21 remaining in the opening period. It was just the second career goal for Lindgren in 108 games.

Panarin made it 3-0 with eight minutes left in the first when he hammered a slap shot from the left circle over Blackwood while on a two-on-one with Strome. He got his second goal with 7:09 left in the second by converting an easy tap-in at the right side of the crease after getting a pass from Strome, who chased down a loose puck.

Rangers rookie Vitali Kravtsov nearly added his first career goal midway through the third period, but after the Devils challenged, he was ruled offside.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
New Jersey   NY Rangers
N/A Points Artemi Panarin 3
N/A Goals Artemi Panarin 2
N/A Assists Colin Blackwell 3
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Mackenzie Blackwood .879 Save Percentage Igor Shesterkin 1.000
Mackenzie Blackwood 29 Saves Igor Shesterkin 16
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
New Jersey 16 0 0-3 2-2 4 24
NY Rangers 33 4 0-2 3-3 6 21
Upcoming Games
  • NY Rangers will play their next game at home against New Jersey. The Rangers have a W/L % of .400 after a win and .591 after a loss.
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