Dougie Hamilton scored 11:36 into overtime and the New Jersey Devils beat the New York Rangers 2-1 on Saturday to cut their series deficit to 2-1.
Jack Hughes scored and Jesper Bratt had two assists for New Jersey, which lost its first two home games 5-1. Akira Schmid started in goal in place of Vitek Vanecek and finished with 35 saves.
Chris Kreider scored for New York. Igor Shesterkin saved 26 shots.
In the extra period, Bratt found Hamilton on the right side, and the defenseman skated into the right circle and beat Shesterkin on the glove side.
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Game 4 is back at Madison Square Garden on Monday night and Game 5 will be in New Jersey on Thursday night.
Schmid made a save with left base on a throw by Braden Schneider around 1:40 into overtime. Shesterkin thwarted a try down the left wing from Timo Meier two minutes later, and then Bratt’s follow-up try on the rebound. Schmid then blocked a shot from Vladimir Tarasenko six minutes into the extra period.
Bratt had a try from 10 feet 8:14 into the third, but Shesterkin deflected his try to keep the score tied.
The Rangers got their fifth power play of the game with six minutes to go when the Devils’ Ryan Graves was ejected for a high stick. Artemi Panarin had a chance to give Rangers the lead, but his shot from the left circle went wide to the left of the net 32 seconds into the lead.
Kreider put Rangers on the scoreboard first when he received a pass from Mika Zibanejad, skidded down the left side and fired a shot past Schmid’s blocker from left circle at 3:39 of the second period. It came on the Rangers’ first shot of the period and was Kreider’s fifth goal of the drive, after the first four came on power plays, and the 39th postseason score of his career.
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Hamilton fired a shot from the right spot past Shesterkin but hit the crossbar and drifted up and offside during a Devils power play 8½ minutes into halftime. New Jersey failed to get a shot on goal during the go-ahead.
With the Devils on their third power play of the game, Hughes received a pass from Hamilton on the left side, skated to the left circle, and fired a shot that beat Shesterkin on the blocker side with 9:23 remaining in the second. It was Hughes’ second goal of the series, the first coming on a penalty kick in the third period of Game 1, and New Jersey’s second on a power play.
Each team had 11 shots on goal in a scoreless first period, the first scoreless period of the series.
The Rangers’ Patrick Kane was penalized for a 22-second hook, putting New Jersey on an early power play. The Devils managed a shot on goal during the lead. Artemi Panarin broke free with 7 1/2 minutes remaining in the 1st, but his shot went wide over Schmid’s glove.
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The Devils turned to the 22-year-old Schmid after Vanecek allowed nine goals on 52 shots in the first two games. Schmid became the first rookie goaltender to start a playoff game for the Devils since Martin Brodeur in 1994. During the regular season, Schmid went 9-5-2 with a 2.13 goals-against average in 18 games. .
ESTABLISHING A FIRST
Kreider became the first Rangers player to score five goals in the first three playoff games of a postseason.
The Rangers went 4-for-10 on the power play in the first two games, but went 0-for-5 in Game 3. New Jersey, which was 1-for-8 going into it, went 1-for-3.