Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Chris Kreider and John Moore snapped a tie
with goals 37 seconds apart early in the third period, as the New York Rangers
clipped Dallas, 3-2, at American Airlines Center.
Rick Nash netted his first goal of the season for the Rangers, but failed to
give his club an insurance tally when he missed a penalty shot only 12 seconds
after Alex Chiasson pulled the hosts within a score.
Henrik Lundqvist set a career best with 23 saves in the first period en route
to stopping 41 pucks as New York snapped a two-game slide.
"It felt good to get a period like that...to really work hard," Lundqvist said
of the opening frame. "It was just fun to be in there. There was so much
Stephane Robidas recorded the other score and Kari Lehtonen turned away 24
shots for the Stars, whose three-game win streak ended.
The Rangers took a 2-1 lead with 1:18 played in the third, after Kreider's
shot from the inner edge of the left circle deflected off Dallas defenseman
Trevor Daley's stick and hit the back of the net.
It was 3-1 prior to the two-minute mark when Moore lifted a shot high to
Lehtonen's glove side.
Chiasson brought the visitors within a goal at 8:27 on a wrister from the
On the ensuing shift, Nash was awarded a penalty shot, but failed to convert
as Lehtonen kept his right pad along the ice as the slick winger tried to
slide the puck inside the far post.
Lehtonen was called to the bench for an extra skater with 1:15 on the
clock, but the hosts had no answer.
Nash potted his first goal of the season on a Rangers power play just shy of 6
1/2 minutes played in the opening period.
Lundqvist was besieged with 23 first-period shots by the Stars but remained
"We had good chances," Stars head coach Lindy Ruff said. "You love the first
period, but we didn't get anything for it."
Robidas beat Lundqvist to the far post on a Dallas advantage to tie the game
at 8:46 of the second. Derick Brassard's bunt try from atop the crease got
past Lehtonen with 6:33 to play, but the goal was waved off upon a replay for
the puck being struck above the crossbar.
Lundqvist's previous best for saves in one period was 20, accomplished in the
third period against Carolina on Apr. 6 and in the middle stanza against New
Jersey on Dec. 29, 2010 ... The clubs hadn't met since Dallas took a 1-0
decision in Manhattan on Dec. 13, 2011 ... The Rangers have won three of the
last four over the Stars since January of 2010.
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