Rick Nash scored for the fifth straight game, Mats Zuccarello scored two more, and Derek Stepan added a penalty shot in the New York Rangers 7-3 beating of the New Jersey Devils at Yankee Stadium, Sunday.
It was the first of two Stadium Series games that will be played in the Bronx this week – the Islanders will be home there on Wednesday night.
It was a struggle for Henrik Lundqvist in the first, giving up a rare 3-goal period, but he was perfect from that point on. That gave the Rangers time to go on a six-goal run to take the score from 3-1 Devils, to 7-3 Rangers.
The victim of the run was Martin Brodeur, the NHL’s all-time leader in wins and shutouts, who gave up six of the seven goals and was taken out of the game before the 3rd period. In what has been one of the greatest careers in hockey history, one of his final national appearances could not have gone worse.
But the story through the cold and snowy conditions is Nash, who has seven goals in five games and is up to 18 total despite an upper body injury earlier this season. For a team that perpetually struggles to score, their star is starting to come through on a daily basis. That bodes well for the current 6-seed in the East.