The New York Rangers' three-goal third-period rally fell short as they allowed three goals in the first period and four goals in the second en route to a 7-6 loss to the Dallas Stars on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more
- 0:27 NYR Derek Stepan; Assists: Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello
- 12:34 DAL Patrick Eaves (power play); Assists: Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin
- 12:46 DAL Patrick Sharp; Assist: Radek Faksa
- 17:54 DAL Jamie Benn; Assists: Cody Eakin, Eaves
- 4:32 DAL Antoine Roussel; Assist: Lauri Korpikoski
- 9:56 NYR Mika Zibanejad; Assists: Rick Nash, Pavel Buchnevich
- 12:06 NYR Buchnevich; Assists: Kevin Klein, Adam Clendening
- 12:54 DAL Patrick Sharp; Assists: Devin Shore, Faksa
- 15:53 DAL Adam Cracknell; Assists: Korpikoski, Dan Hamhuis
- 17:40 DAL Eakin; Assists: Eaves, Benn
- 3:11 NYR Kreider; Assists: Stepan, Zuccarello
- 5:31 NYR Stepan; Assists: Ryan McDonagh, Zuccarello
- 7:26 NYR Zibanejad; Assists: Nash, Buchnevich
- These defense-optional games in the NHL are much better and much more fun to watch when you don't have an investment in one of the teams.
- The Rangers made a run in the second period to get within one before Patrick Sharp scored on a wraparound to stall the Rangers' momentum, and then Dallas scored twice more to seemingly put the game out of reach.
- Then the Rangers made their run in the third period with three goals in the first 7:30 to get within one again and then pressed for the equalizer but couldn't net........
- It wasn't all that long again when the Rangers' strength was on defense and they struggled mightily to score goals. Now they score goals seemingly at will and struggle mightily, very mightily, to defend or prevent pucks from going in.
- If tonight is any indication then the Rangers have a very deep and talented group of top-six forwards that can score, create and probably never really has the Rangers out of a game. They also seemingly have the opposite with their group of six on defense which has been doing its part to take the Rangers out of games. That top-six group of forwards doesn't even include JT Miller, Kevin Hayes, Michael Grabner or Jimmy Vesey.
- Then there is Henrik Lundqvist. The numbers are about as ugly as you can get and if you go by just the box score then he has been absolutely awful the past three games since the break. The box score though doesn't indicate just how porous the play in front of him has been. Henrik deserves blame for his performance but how much he should get and how much the defense should get is up for personal interpretation. At the end of the day Lundqvist is the last night of defense and spent the bulk of his career fixing the mistakes the Rangers made in front of him. For whatever reason, age, equipment, style of play, he hasn't been able to bail out his teammates lately and is leaking 1-2 extra goal(s) per game. As a group, both the players in front of Lundqvist and Lundqvist himself have to be better. Better decisions with the puck and better coverage will hopefully lead to better protection for Henrik Lundqvist. That said, when things break down the Rangers need Henrik to find a way to make the saves he hasn't been able to make lately.
New York faces the Toronto Maple Leafs on the road Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET.