Watch All Five Goals New Jersey Devils Scored Against Future Hart Trophy Winner Igor Shesterkin In Second Period

New Jersey Devils center Yegor Sharangovich (17): Tom Horak-USA TODAY Sports
New Jersey Devils center Yegor Sharangovich (17): Tom Horak-USA TODAY Sports /

The New Jersey Devils went OFF on the New York Rangers in the second period of their game on Tuesday night. The second period has historically been a bad one for the Devils this season, and honestly in previous seasons as well. It just seems like the middle frame is not kind to the team that plays in Newark. However, against the Devils biggest rivals, that wasn’t the case.

The Devils went into the second period down 2-0, and it looked like they were going to get drilled into the ground after a horrific road trip on the West Coast. Then, something clicked. Maybe Lindy Ruff made the speech of his life in the locker. It could be the players saw what happened at the NHL Trade Deadline, and they didn’t want to sleepwalk through the last 20 games of the season. What every it was, it brought on the best period of the season.

Mind you, the Devils are taking on Igor Shesterkin, the best goalie of this season by far. He might win the MVP of the league, but the Devils made him look like he… well played for the Devils. Let’s start with the first goal. It was originally credited to Tomas Tatar, then it was given to Nico Hischier, but Tomas Tatar is once again the official scorer.

As you can see, that was seven minutes into the second period. This would be a wild next sequence as Devils fans couldn’t hold their breath for even a second. Just a minute later, Ty Smith passed the puck over to Andreas Johnsson, who’s getting a chance on a line with Hischier and Jesper Bratt. He threw it up to P.K. Subban where he ripped a slap shot passed Shesterkin.

That goal was ripped so hard that the camera couldn’t keep up with it. A few minutes later, the rookie wanted to get in on the fun. Dawson Mercer was in the right place at the right time after Ryan Graves took a slap shot from the point. Everything went right on the play. Jack Hughes lost control of the puck, but it went right to Graves, who wasted no time getting it to the goal.

Right after that, Tatar got a goal that couldn’t possibly be taken away from him.

After that, the Devils thought they went up 5-2. Jesper Bratt scored on the power play after Ryan Reeves went to the box. However, the Rangers challenged the goal and the referees felt like Dougie Hamilton was offsides. Honestly, we didn’t have an angle that gave us a 100% clear look, and a Rangers player pushed him offsides, but the rules are dumb and the refs follow them.

It wasn’t going to stop the destiny of the Devils scoring five goals this period. Yegor Sharangovich has been a player to score during momentum, and he wasn’t going to miss his opportunity this time.

That was just a snipe. This caused Igor Shesterkin to get pulled in the intermission. Georgiev ended up allowing two goals to Jack Hughes in the third period, and the Devils won the game 7-4. The eight-game losing streak to the New York Rangers is over, and we couldn’t be happier.