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Devils not panicking after road winning streak ended by Rangers

By Sports Desk December 13, 2022

The New Jersey Devils see no need for panic after their 11-game road winning streak was ended by the New York Rangers on Monday.

Filip Chytil scored two minutes and 15 seconds into overtime to give the Rangers a 4-3 win at Madison Square Garden.

The Devils had made the short trip from Newark to Manhattan looking to tie the 2014-15 Minnesota Wild and 2005-06 Detroit Red Wings for the longest winning run away from home in NHL history.

New Jersey had previously not lost on the road since suffering a 5-2 defeat to the Philadelphia Flyers on October 13.

That remains their only away loss in regulation this season, with the Devils still 11-1-1 in road games this season.

The Devils remain top of the Metropolitan Division with their 21-5-2 record the second-best in the Eastern Conference heading into Tuesday's home game with the Dallas Stars.

That too will be a tough test for the Devils, with the Stars second in the Western Conference's Central Division.

But center Nico Hischier is remaining calm in the wake of some rare adversity for the Devils, who have now lost two games in a row.

He said: "Penalties kind of slowed us down in the second [period], we've got to be more disciplined, especially against a team we know [have a] really deadly powerplay.

"They scored a goal on it as well so we've gotta clean that up.

"It's a rivalry game. It was intense and close until the end. No time for panic. We have to regroup, and tomorrow is a new game. That's what we have to focus on right now."

Igor Shesterkin, who last season won the Vezina Trophy for the NHL's best goaltender, made 26 saves to frustrate the Devils, with the Rangers now 15-10-5 after a fourth successive win.

The Rangers had trailed 3-1 in the second period but Vincent Trocheck and Kaapo Kakko scored seven seconds apart to erase that deficit before Chytil had the final say.

"It always feels good that we have these comebacks, and we show our true character," Chytil said.

"We have to just keep going. Sometimes it's hard [to stay positive], but we had a three-game winning streak. It was like, 'We can get back into the game'."

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