NHL Game Summary - Dallas at NY Rangers
(Sunday, November 25th)
Final Score: Dallas 3, NY Rangers 2
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Mike Smith made 39 saves and Brenden Morrow's power-play goal early in the third period stood as the game-winner for Dallas, which earned a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
It was the Stars' first victory at the Garden since January 8, 2001.
Jussi Jokinen and Loui Eriksson also lit the lamp for Dallas, which won its fifth straight following a front-office shakeup. The club has scored 17 goals during the run after totaling just 52 in its first 18 games.
Jaromir Jagr and Brendan Shanahan scored for New York, which has dropped three of four. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 15-of-18 shots in defeat.
"For some reason we just score two goals a game," said Lundqvist. "It's going to be tough to win a lot of games (like that) and tonight I think we should've killed the game after two. Like I said, we played really well and we made a few mistakes and they took advantage of it."
Skating on the man-advantage, Dallas took its first lead of the afternoon a little more than four minutes into the third. Mike Ribeiro came streaking down the left side, split a pair of Rangers defensemen and, just a stride from the crease, sent a pass left-to-right for Morrow, who buried the puck into a wide open net to make it 3-2.
"Early on in the season we weren't having much success on (the power play)," said Morrow. "Right now it seems like we're getting that timely goal when the game is on the line and we're finding ways to get it in the net. It was a big win for us here."
New York had its best chance to tie with about 5:44 to play, as Jagr controlled the puck along the right side of the net and attempted to stuff it past Smith, who was knocked down during the scrum. He recovered nicely, and was also able to stop a rebound chance by Jagr, covering the disc with his glove to earn the whistle.
Smith also put up a wall on Shanahan's wraparound attempt with 2:22 left, then stood tall as the Rangers ended the game with a 20-second power play, turning aside Marcel Hossa's hard slap shot with two seconds remaining.
The Rangers were first on the board, capitalizing on a Dallas turnover. Brandon Dubinsky gained control and dished to Jagr, who was all alone on the far side and watched his intended cross-crease pass deflect off Smith's left pad and trickle over the goal line at 6:30.
Dallas pulled even with 52 seconds remaining when Jokinen's wrist shot got by Lundqvist.
Shanahan put the Blueshirts back in front just 1:02 into the second period, as he accepted a backhand pass from Sean Avery and, from between the circles, rifled the puck past a diving Smith.
The Stars tied it again, though, converting on a power play at 11:54. Sergei Zubov set things up nicely, corralling the puck in the neutral zone and sending a forward pass to Eriksson, who was sandwiched between a pair of defensemen but managed to catch them flat-footed. He broke free, came in all alone against Lundqvist and beat him with a hard wrister to make it a 2-2 game.
New York was outshot 17-3 in the stanza and 29-9 heading to the third.
The Stars have surrendered just five goals during their five-game win streak, compared to 54 during a 7-7-4 start...Dallas was visiting MSG for the first time since a 3-0 loss on November 4, 2003...In 11 November starts, Lundqvist has gone 8-3-0...The Rangers finished 0-for-6 on the power play, while Dallas converted on two of its three chances.
11/25 17:37:17 ET