NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Dallas
(Thursday, December 14th)
Final Score: NY Rangers 5, Dallas 2
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Karel Rachunek and Matt Cullen each had two goals and Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 43 shots, as the New York Rangers defeated the Dallas Stars, 5-2, for their fifth straight victory.
"That's MVP goaltending, that's Stanley Cup goaltending," said New York head coach Tom Renney. "Henrik has been good and so has Kevin (Weekes). Our goaltending has been really solid."
Fedor Tyutin added an empty net goal, while Brendan Shanahan and Jarkko Immonen each had two assists for the Rangers, who won in Dallas for the first time since 1996.
Sergei Zubov and Philippe Boucher each had a goal and an assist for the Stars, who have dropped three of their last four. Mike Smith had a rough night in net for Dallas, giving up four goals on just 19 shots.
"Its frustrating because our team did a lot of things right tonight," said Dallas head coach Dave Tippett. "We have to find ways to get a few more saves, since their goalie was excellent at the other end."
Dallas took advantage of a 5-on-3 late in the first period to draw first blood, as Zubov's shot from the point beat a screened Lundqvist with 3:36 left in the first.
However, New York returned the favor less than a minute later as Rachunek worked a 2-on-1 with Adam Hall before picking up his first goal of the year, a shorthanded tally with 2:49 left before the first intermission.
Smith then gave up a bad goal 57 seconds into the second period as Cullen scored his first goal of the game on a low angle shot to make it 2-1..
Then, just 1:44 into the third, Dallas turned the puck over and Cullen scored his second goal of the game on a pull-up slap shot to make it 3-1.
The Stars answered exactly a minute later on Boucher's power play goal, but Rachunek responded with a power play goal with 4:03 left to play.
Dallas pulled Smith late, but Tyutin netted the empty-netter with 1:03 left to play to ice the game.
Dallas finished 2-for-11 on the power play, while the Rangers went 1-for-4...Dallas will start a three-game road trip against Los Angeles on Saturday, while the Rangers will travel to Toronto.
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