NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Kevin Klein scored 2:42 into overtime, and the New York Rangers rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period to beat the New Jersey Devils 4-3 on Tuesday night.
The Rangers, who trailed 3-1, also got goals from Chris Kreider, Chris Mueller and Rick Nash, who netted his NHL-best eighth goal. He scored in all but one of New York’s seven games this season.
On the winner, Mueller and Kreider crisscrossed in the Devils zone before Kreider fed Klein for his first of the season.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 28 shots as the Rangers (4-3) extended their winning streak to three.
The Devils (3-2-1) got power-play goals from Jaromir Jagr, Adam Henrique and Jon Merrill but it wasn’t enough to prevent a third straight defeat. Cory Schneider made 21 saves.
Klein’s goal was the first scored this season by a Rangers defenseman.
Kreider and Jagr traded power-play goals in the opening period.
New Jersey started strong and pressed the attack during an early power play. Henrique, Mike Cammalleri and Patrik Elias had good scoring chances denied by Lundqvist.
With Jagr in the penalty box for hooking, Kreider buried the rebound of Ryan McDonagh’s point shot at 7:34. It was the Rangers’ first power-play goal of the season, ending an 0-for-17 drought through the first six games.
Kreider was then whistled for hooking, setting the stage for Jagr’s goal at 13:40. Damien Brunner fired a shot that sailed wide right of the net, and bounced off the lively backboards right onto Jagr’s stick. The 42-year-old former Rangers star knocked in his first goal of the season, the 706th of his career.
The Devils’ power play clicked again in the second period when Henrique, playing in his 200th NHL game, made it 2-1.
Jagr set up Henrique, who beat Lundqvist to the short side from the left faceoff dot at 14:55.
The Devils’ special teams play was excellent in the middle period as Elias came close to scoring on a short-handed breakaway.
Merrill added the Devils’ third power-play goal with a blast from the right point 36 seconds into the third period.
New York scored the next two to erase the deficit.
The Rangers got within 3-2 at 9:06 as Mueller one-timed a cross-ice pass from Derick Brassard at 9:06.
Nash pulled the Rangers even at 14:32, backhanding the rebound of Kevin Hayes’ shot past Schneider. Devils defensemen Marek Zidlicky set up the goal with a poor clearing attempt deep in his own zone.
NOTES: Rangers D Dan Girardi, listed as day to day after sustaining a gash while blocking a shot during a win over San Jose on Sunday, was in the starting lineup. … Devils D Adam Larsson made his season debut after being a healthy scratch the first five games. He replaced Eric Gelinas. The other New Jersey scratches were LW Tuomo Ruutu and C Jacob Josefson. … Devils LW Martin Havlat returned after missing one game due to a facial laceration. The Rangers scratched LW Anthony Duclair and D Michael Kostka.
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