Tonight, the New York Rangers traveled to Texas to face-off against the Dallas Stars out in the barren state of the midwest.
The Rangers entered with a two-game losing streak, while the Stars have been playing some tremendous hockey recently, winning six of their last seven games coming into this contest.
If this opening period were to have a winner, the Stars would definitely take that title. They outshot the Rangers 23 to 6 and kept a big chunk of the play in New York’s defensive end. There was one positive to take from this period however; Rick Nash is back and better than ever. He is getting involved more when talking about the physical aspect and his skating has looked the best it’s ever had.
He tallied his first goal of the season at 06:27 of the period on a nifty move past Stars’ netminder Kari Lehtonen.
After that point however, Dallas controlled the pace of play and responded with big shifts. They could not put a goal on the board though as Henrik Lundqvist stood strong and made some spectacular saves that kept the game 1-0 in favor of the Rangers.
In the second, we saw Dallas use their speed to exploit the defensemen of the Rangers. Tyler Seguin used his quickness down the wing to generate some chances and the Stars as a whole played well.
The only goal of the period came in the form of Dallas’ powerplay, which up to that point, hadn’t scored a goal on the man advantage at home all season long. If you’ve seen generous bounces before, you haven’t seen one like this. Stephane Robidas took a shot from the point which went off of Dan Girardi’s skate then Ryan McDonagh’s and found it’s way into the wide open net behind Lundqvist.
The period ended with the two teams deadlocked at 1-1, with plenty in store for the third.
The Rangers’ came out like a completely different team in the third as they scored two goals within a span of 37 seconds. Chris Kreider’s wrist shot went off a stick and seemed to fool Lehtonen, making it 2-1. Then, seconds later, a beautiful pass from Derick Brassard set up John Moore perfectly who rifled home the shot to make it 3-1 in favor of the Rangers.
The Stars would answer however, as seven minutes later a bad pinch by Michael Del Zotto led to a two-on-one break for Dallas and Alex Chiasson finished off the play, making it 3-2 and suddenly there was a game again.
Dallas continued to push and tried all they could to knot the game at three, but Lundqvist shut the door and stole two points for the Rangers as we have seen him do so many times in the past.
Lundqvist stopped 41 of 43 shots preserving a 3-2 victory for New York.
Next stop for the Rangers is Nashville on Saturday night.
Scoring Summary (Courtesy of NHL.com)
|06:27||NYR||PPG – Rick Nash (1) Wrist shot – ASST: Ryan Callahan (3), Henrik Lundqvist (1)||1 – 0 NYR|
|08:46||DAL||PPG – Stephane Robidas (3) Deflected shot – ASST: Sergei Gonchar (4), Cody Eakin (6)||1 – 1 Tie|
|01:18||NYR||Chris Kreider (3) Wrist shot – ASST: Derek Stepan (11), Dan Girardi (2)||2 – 1 NYR|
|01:55||NYR||John Moore (2) Wrist shot – ASST: Derick Brassard (5), Carl Hagelin (5)||3 – 1 NYR|
|08:27||DAL||Alex Chiasson (6) Wrist shot – ASST: Cody Eakin (7), Erik Cole (5)||3 – 2 NYR|