The Rangers easily defeat the Devils in their season opener.

Igor Shesterkin made 27 stops, Chris Kreider scored two power-play goals, and the New York Rangers defeated the New Jersey Devils 5-1 in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Tuesday night.

The Rangers also got goals from Vladimir Tarasenko, Ryan Lindgren, and Filip Chytil. Adam Fox provided four assists and

Artemi Panarin had two in this sixth postseason rematch of this river rivalry, the first since 2012.

The Devils, who broke team records with 112 points and 52 victories in the regular season and upset New York three times in four games, never found their rush game.

When they did threaten, they either missed the net or were denied by Shesterkin.

With 2:46 remaining in the game, Jack Hughes scored on a penalty shot. Vitek Vanecek recorded 18 saves.

The Rangers also triumphed on special teams. Kreider scored on two of the Rangers' three power plays, 

and the Rangers shut down the Devils on their four man advantages, holding them without even a shot on goal, despite the fact that the penalty shot replaced a power play.