NHL Game Summary - Dallas at NY Rangers
(Tuesday, November 4th)
Final Score: NY Rangers 3, Dallas 0
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Mark Messier scored two goals to move into second place on the National Hockey League's all-time scoring list in New York's 3-0 victory over Dallas at Madison Square Garden.
Jussi Markkanen, in his home debut for New York, stopped 33 shots for his sixth career shutout. Matthew Barnaby also scored for the Rangers, who have won three of their last four games (3-0-0-1).
Dallas lost for the first time in five games (3-1-1).
Messier's first goal gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead 1:37 into the second period and tied him with Gordie Howe for second place on the all-time scoring list with 1,850 points. After dropping a pass to Alexei Kovalev at the point, Messier went to the net and was stationed to Marty Turco's left when Kovalev sent a wrister on goal. Messier took a whack at the puck in flight and it deflected off his stick and past the netminder. Kovalev skated around Dallas' Antti Miettinen after taking the pass to free himself for a shot from the slot.
Messier scored short-handed into an open net from center ice with six seconds left to move past Howe and into sole possession of second place with 1,851 points.
Greg de Vries set up the second Rangers' goal, blocking a shot at the New York blue line. Barnaby picked up the loose puck and skated down the right wing on a 2-on-1 with Messier on his left. Using Messier as a decoy, Barnaby cut to the front of the net and slipped the puck past Turco with just under five minutes to play in the second period to give New York a 2-0 lead.
Mike Modano and Brenden Morrow each had an opportunity to cut the Rangers' lead to a goal, but Markkanen made a save on Modano and Morrow fanned on a shot from the side of net in the final minute of the middle stanza.
Markkanen robbed Morrow on a break-away with seven minutes left in the third period. Miettinen's shot just seconds later hit the post and the netminder fell on the rebound to keep the Stars off the board.
Rob DiMaio had an opportunity from point-blank range with under three minutes to go, but Markkanen blocked the shot with his chest to preserve the shutout. Dallas pulled Turco and had several chances to score after a wild scramble in front of the New York net, but Markkanen stood tall and robbed Philippe Boucher on a shot from the low slot.
Messier has 682 goals and 1,169 assists. He is tied with Raymond Bourque for third on the league's all-time assist leaderboard...Wayne Gretzky is the NHL's all-time scoring leader with 2,857 points...The Rangers improved to 4-1-2-1 at home this season...New York beat Dallas at the Garden for just the second time in seven games (2-4-1)...The Stars went 0-for-3 on the power play, while New York failed in its only attempt with the extra skater...Turco finished with 16 saves.
11/04 21:53:40 ET