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NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - APRIL 05: Justin Braun #61 of the New York Rangers skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on April 05, 2022 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

RANGERS 3 – DEVILS 1

There has never been much love lost between these two franchises, the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils.

Wednesday night was just another example of it. With the Broadway Blue Shirts trailing 1-0, rookie defenseman Braden Schneider checked Devils Forward Jesper Boqvist into the glass, prompting Yegor Sharangovich to come to his teammates defense and begin whaling haymakers at Schneider. Just another Devils-Rangers feud.

Sharangovich, who ironically gave the Devils that 1-0 lead they so much enjoyed, left the game with an injury, and never returned. It didn’t help that the Sharangovich injury comes on the heels of news that Jack Hughes would be lost for the season with a knee injury.

Meanwhile the Rangers went right to work.

Ryan Strome tied it on a power play goal midway through the first period. Chris Krieder later tallied his 47th goal of the season with three minutes remaining in the period. Artemi Panarin notched his 64th and 65th assists of the season on both goals, as the Rangers took a lead they would never relinquish.

Justin Braun, acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers at the trade deadline, added the final goal of the evening, his first as a Ranger, in the third period.

Alexander Georgiev was solid in net for the resting Igor Shesterkin, recording 20 saves on 21 shots on goal.

Meanwhile, the Islanders couldn’t extend their four game winning streak, falling to the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Wednesday. Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Brock Nelson each scored goals for the Isles, who had the game tied at two early in the second period. Radek Faksa had the shorthanded tip in for Dallas that proved to the difference, midway through the second period.