The New York Rangers lost their third straight game this evening with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Dallas Stars. This loss also marks the sixth time in seven games the Rangers have not registered a win as they continue to look for answers. Henrik Lundqvist turned away 39 of the 41 shots he faced, and tried his best to keep the Rangers in this game for as long as he could.
Despite giving up 21 shots on goal in just the first period alone, the Rangers found a way to make it a 1-0 game in their favor late in the period. Following a creative give-and-go between J.T. Miller and Vinni Lettieri, David Desharnais slammed home his own rebound to give the Rangers the lead. Ben Bishop nearly made a last-second save but Desharnais got just enough power on his shot to push it over the goal line.
The Rangers would hang on to that one-goal lead up until the 14:44 mark of the second period, where Tyler Seguin eventually evened the game at one. The goal came on a delayed penalty after a deflected pass made it out to Seguin and he absolutely wired it past Henrik Lundqvist. Later on in the third period, the Stars took their first and only lead of the night coming off of a power play goal by Martin Hanzal.
Funny enough, Hanzal was the player who drew the initial penalty and then handed it right back to the Rangers a short time later. That goal would hold up as the winning goal with the Rangers unable to sustain much pressure with the goaltender pulled. Tony DeAngelo all but sealed the game with a late tripping minor which allowed the Stars to control the puck for what was left in regulation.
The Rangers will have a scheduled off day tomorrow before returning to action on Wednesday night against the Boston Bruins.