New York native Kevin Shattenkirk played his first professional game at the newly refurbished Madison Square Garden Thursday night. He made it a memorable debut with his eighth goal of the season, the game-winner in the Blues’ 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers.

Shattenkirk’s power-play goal 3 minutes, 9 seconds into the third period was the difference as the Blues were successful in eliminating the aftertaste of a 7-1 thumping by the New Jersey Devils two days earlier.

Inside the “new” Garden, which recently received $1 billion in upgrades, the Blues also looked renovated. They were outshot 35-25 by the Rangers, but their continuity was back, their penalty-killing unit was solid and Jaroslav Halak sealed up the crease again after the Devils’ touchdown on Tuesday.

“Huge change,” Shattenkirk said. “We weren’t the team that we normally are on Tuesday, and we didn’t handle things well when we faced adversity. I think that was something that we focused on tonight. We kept it simple. We like winning these 2-1 games, when we come out of a game like against the Devils. Now we get to go in and make this a really good road trip.”

The Blues were playing Thursday with Vladimir Tarasenko and Maxim Lapierre in the lineup, as Tarasenko returned from an illness and Lapierre from a lower-body injury. To make room, the team made Derek Roy a healthy scratch and re-assigned Adam Cracknell to the American Hockey League.

New York had the upper-hand early Thursday, but it was the Blues who struck first, with Alexander Steen picking up his 26th goal of the season before leaving later with a lower-body injury.

Jaden Schwartz and David Backes played a game of give-and-go with the puck before Schwartz fired it on net. Steen was standing in front, in the right place, as the pass went off his left skate and through Henrik Lundqvist for a 1-0 lead.

The Blues’ penalty-killing group has struggled of late, giving up five goals on its opponents’ last 13 opportunities, including three by New Jersey on Tuesday. But the PK stood tall against New York in many critical situations.

The unit was 3-for-3 Thursday against the Rangers’ No. 6-ranked power play, starting with a first-period kill that maintained the team’s 1-0 lead after a delay-of-game penalty by Barret Jackman.