The second period saw only one goal. Derek Stepan scored a shorthanded breakaway off a feed from Rick Nash. The goal was Stepan's 14th of year, and it made it 4-0 Rangers. Derick Brassard scored two minutes into the third period to make it 5-0 Rangers. Dominic Moore made it 6-0 after he deflected a Ryan McDonagh shot home for his second goal of the game. Tuomo Ruutu finally scored for the Devils after Henrik Lundqvist made a trio of unbelievable saves. The Devils actually outshot the Rangers 36-32, but the Rangers controlled most of the play and buried their chances. Henrik Lundqvist made 36 saves, and was named the First Star for the second straight game. Ryan McDonagh had another excellent game, as he was a +3 and had 2 assists.
The Rangers won a game tonight that they were expected to win. The team as a whole played well and Henrik Lundqvist made the saves he needed to make. These two points make the Rangers magic number for clinching the conference now three, which is huge as they have one game in hand on Montreal and two games in hand on Tampa Bay. The Rangers will now host the Blue Jackets on Monday night at the Garden. The Blue Jackets have won nine straight, and they seem to always play well at Madison Square Garden. The Jackets will be a great test for the Rangers, as they are the hottest team in the NHL right now. After Monday's game, the Rangers will play the Devils again on Tuesday, but this time in Newark. They will then play Ottawa and the Capitals to end the season. Kevin Klein will be expected back next week, which will be huge for the Rangers even though Matt Hunwick has played well these past three games. Huge game Monday night against the Blue Jackets, huge.