Rangers Get Routed In First Game Of Their Western Road Trip

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Ducks 5, Rangers 2

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) – Bobby Ryan had a goal and three assists as the Anaheim Ducks took a 5-2 win over the New York Rangers at Honda Center.

Corey Perry and Lubomir Visnovsky each added two goals and an assist for the Ducks, who have won four of their last five. Dan Ellis made 30 stops in the win.

“The effort was all around. It was a great win. We felt pretty confident,” Ryan said.

Marian Gaborik and Brandon Dubinsky each scored for the Rangers, who had won their previous two, including a 7-0 romp of Philadelphia on Sunday. Henrik Lundqvist was tagged for five goals on 33 shots in the loss.

Dubinsky opened the scoring in the game just 3:30 in as his snap shot from the right wing beat Ellis, but Anaheim scored the next three goals in the frame to take control of the game.

Just over four minutes after the Dubinsky goal, Anaheim tied the game on Perry’s first goal of the contest when he threw the puck out front from the right side of the net and it hit off the skate of Dan Girardi and went in.

“They got a few lucky bounces there that got us off track a bit,” Girardi said. “But our effort wasn’t really there tonight and it just wasn’t a good effort from us.”

It was a 2-1 game at the 9:19 mark as a one-timer from Visnovsky at the right point sailed past Lundqvist.

Visnovsky’s second goal of the game came with 41 seconds left when his slap shot in the high slot hit off the stick of a Ranger and went into the net.

The second period went scoreless as Lundqvist stopped 13 shots and Ellis made 11 saves.

After Ellis made a beautiful diving save early in the third, Anaheim skated the other way on a 2-on-1, with Perry sending it from the right side to the left and Ryan wristing it home at the 2:19 mark.

Gaborik scored just over three minutes later on the power play, but New York was unable to get any closer. Perry’s 33rd goal of the season with 5:24 to play sealed the win.

Anaheim plays in Colorado on Friday…The Rangers play in San Jose on Saturday…New York had won the previous three meetings against the Ducks…New York went 1-for-3 on the power play while Anaheim was 0-for-3.

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New York Rangers At Anaheim Ducks: Rangers Kick Off Western Trip Tonight

The past two games have been quick and easy for the New York Rangers. 

Tonight's game probably wont be on the same mold. 

The Rangers opponent tonight, the Anaheim Ducks, are also viciously fighting for a playoff berth, expect they're fighting in the jam packed West. Just to prove how close the West really is, take a look at the standings. The Ducks are in 11th place just two points out of eighth and four points out of sixth. 

The Rangers got some good news last night with both the Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey Devils and the Toronto Maple Leafs taking regulation losses. The Rangers still hold a two-point lead over the eighth-place Sabres, but Buffalo still has two games in hand. 

The Rangers also hold a three-point lead over ninth-place Carolina, but the Hurricanes hold two games in hand as well. 

It's become clear that New York will need some help to make the playoffs, and that means other teams losing games. That was the case last night, and it will have to be the case moving forward for the Rangers. 

A win tonight, coupled with a Carolina loss, will do wonders for the Rangers current playoff standings. 

Notes: 

 

  • The Rangers will still be scoreboard watching tonight, with the Carolina Hurricanes taking on the Atlanta Thrashers tonight. The Rangers simply need to hope for a regulation win here, probably by the Thrashers. 
  • Henrik Lundqvist will get the start again tonight, this will be a reoccurring until Martin Biron comes back this season. 
  • Marian Gaborik and Ryan McDonagh will be playing in their second straight games since their returns from injuries. Keep an eye on their playing time (especially Gaborik) tonight. 

 




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