The Rangers came out aggressively Saturday night, outshooting and out-skating the Devils, but, at the end of the night, the Rangers’ recent struggles continued, as they lost to the Devils, 3-2, in Newark.
It was their third straight loss, and their record is now 1-5-0, the team’s worst start to a season since 1980-81. They’ve mustered only four goals during the three-game losing streak, and only 13 goals in their first 6 games.
The Rangers outshot the Devils in the opening period, 14-to-3, but could not get the puck past New Jersey net minder Keith Kincaid.
That aggressive play on offense finally paid off for the Blueshirts in the 2nd period. Rick Nash got the Rangers on the board at 5:41, scoring his first goal of the season, making it 1-0. But New Jersey quickly answered. Adam Henrique tied the game 1-1 at 10:21, and the Devils would take a 2-1 lead at 16:41 on a goal from Miles Wood.
Early in the 3rd, the Devil extended their lead when Drew Stafford scored a power play goal 1:00 in, to give the Devils a 3-1 lead.
Kevin Shattenkirk scored his 2nd goal of the season, with 58 seconds to play to cut it to 3-2, but the Rangers could not score the tying goal.
Ondrej Pavelec made his first start of the season in goal, and stopped 16 of the 19 shots he faced.
On a positive note, Jesper Fast made his first appearance for the Rangers this season, after hip surgery following the 2016-16 season. He saw 15:41 of ice time.
The Rangers [now 1-5-0, 2 pts] host the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins Tuesday night at The Garden.