The New York Giants wear blue, play in the New York City area, and have made a habit of winning on Sundays.
The New York Rangers, another blue-clad team in the NYC area, have been giving the Giants a run for their money.
It came in far more dramatic fashion, but for the second consecutive Sunday, the Rangers defeated their hated rivals from New Jersey, the Devils, taking home a 3-2 victory via shootout, their second win in as many nights via the extended overtime competition.
The Rangers (23-10-1) trailed for a good portion of the game that became their third consecutive win. After a strong start to the game, the Devils took control for a majority after, outshooting the Rangers 21-16 through two periods. New Jersey finally broke through in the second period, as ex-Rangers P.A. Parenteau scored in the late stages of a power play for the game’s first goal.
Struggling against a determined Devils unit, the Rangers finally broke on through in the midway stages of the third, with Chris Kreider breaking the scoreless streak with his ninth goal of the season. Victory was assumed to be taken when Miles Wood put in a goal just over two minutes later, giving the Devils a 2-1 lead they kept until the game’s penultimate minute.
That’s when Derek Stepan…stepped?…in, tying things up with 73 seconds remaining in regulation. That led to an exciting back and forth overtime period, during which Henrik Lundqvist made some key saves. After 300 seconds of the 3-on-3 failed to solve anything, the shootout commenced, with Mats Zuccarello opening things up by scoring for the second consecutive night in a shootout. Mike Cammalleri was able to give the Devils one more frame, but Kevin Hayes scored the eventual game winner, and Lundqvist made one last save, this one on Damon Severson to secure victory and take both of the annual two matchups between the two Metropolitan rivals at Madison Square Garden.
The Rangers will trek to Prudential Center on February 25 and March 21.