Rangers Pound Devils At Yankee Stadium
After waiting out a thirty-plus minute "sun delay" and falling behind 3-1, the New York Rangers were able to score six straight to beat the New Jersey Devils 7-3 at Yankee Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
It was the first outdoor hockey game at Yankee Stadium on a cold and snowy day in the Bronx that was delayed at the start due to glare from the sun on the ice.
New Jersey jumped out to leads of 1-0 and 3-1 in the first period against a visibly out of sorts Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.
"It was a tough start to the game," Lundqvist said. "My preparation was not perfect. The start of the game was changed so I was asleep when they told me it was a warm-up in 30 minutes. I felt like I was not really in the right place mentally in the first period."
Lundqvist settled down and the Rangers offense surged scoring six unanswered goals. Rick Nash scored for the fifth straight game. Mats Zuccarello scored twice and the Rangers also got tallies from Dominic Moore, Marc Staal, and Carl Hagelin. Derek Stepan added a penalty shot goal to finish off the scoring.
The New York Rangers picked up two key points to solidify their second place position in the Metropolitan Division. They are now 28-23-3 with 59 points; three ahead of third place Columbus.
The Rangers will play the second of two games at Yankee Stadium under the lights on Wednesday night, this time against the New York Islanders.