Devils Advance, Rangers Go Home 

The New Jersey Devils, who made the playoffs for the first time since 2018, will continue on their journey to the Stanley Cup as they defeated their Hudson River rival, the New York Rangers, 4-0, in Game 7 of their first round series. 

With their first playoff series win in 11 years, the Devils will now head down to Carolina to face the Hurricanes, who took care of the New York Islanders in six games in their first round matchup. 

It felt like all Devils throughout this game, as they were constantly pressuring the Rangers on both ends of the ice. New York’s netminder Igor Shesterkin, though, kept his team in the game after a scoreless first period, but then the Devils broke through scoring four goals.

The Rangers were shut out in Game 5 at The Rock by 22-year-old Akira Schmid, and he did the same thing when it mattered most for New Jersey here in Game 7.