There was a lot of heat on New Jersey Devils Head Coach John Hynes heading into this game at home against the New York Rangers.
New Jersey has started the season 0-4-2 entering this game with two points. Assistant general manager Tom Fitzgerald would join him on the bench for this game. He also joined them for practice on Wednesday to see what was going on behind the scenes because this team has not played well so far this season.
The Devils won this game over New York by a score of 5-2 and John Hynes will keep his job for now.
Tony DeAngelo scored 6:02 into the game for the Rangers.
Blake Coleman tied the game at one for New Jersey with 7:02 remaining in the first-period.
The New Jersey Devils scored twice in the second-period on a power-play goal by Kyle Palmieri 2:18 into the second-period and Miles Wood scored with 7:35 remaining in the second-period.
New York cut the lead to one with a goal by Jesper Fast 2:22 into the third-period.
Nikita Gusev scored with 7:39 remaining in regulation for New Jersey.
P.K. Subban scored an empty-net goal for the Devils with 48 seconds remaining in regulation.
This match up featured the first of many between number one overall pick Jack Hughes for New Jersey and number two overall pick Kaapo Kakko for the New York Rangers.
Hughes recorded an assist in this game for the Devils on the third goal.
Kakko has only recorded four shots on net so far this season. Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Jack Johnson has more shots on net with five than he does so far this season.
MacKenzie Blackwood made 29 saves in this game for New Jersey.
Alexander Georgiev made 33 saves in this game for New York.
Both of these teams will play each other three more times this season.
This win for the New Jersey Devils hopefully will open up the flood gates for them.
As for the New York Rangers, they will continue to go through some growing pains throughout the regular season and beyond. New York is in a rebuilding stage.
The next match up between these two teams will be on Saturday November 30 at 1 p.m. at the Prudential Center in New Jersey.
The Rangers next game will be against the Washington Capitals on Friday night on the road. The Devils next game will be against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday afternoon at home.