This certainly wasn’t how the New York Rangers wanted to end a successful road trip. Despite outscoring the Anaheim Ducks by a margin of 43 to 22, two questionable goals by Jaroslav Halek and an 0-4 night of power play sealed it.
“We played really well. We hit five posts and two crosses,” Gerard Gallant said on the team’s YouTube channel. “We had a lot of chances and obviously (John) Gibson stood at the helm, so I can’t fault the performance. Just disappointed we didn’t get any points out of it. This is part of the game. We’ve done that many times with the goalkeeper.”
Recap: Ducks 3 vs. Rangers 2
The first period
It looked like a night where the Rangers would roll over the worst team in the NHL when Barclay Goudreau opened the scoring with a beautiful solo effort.
He ran the Jets past a block from his own blue line, chipped the defense, protected the puck and set it up by John Gibson with only 8:51 left in the game.
Unfortunately, and indicative of how the night was going to turn out, Mason McTavish found a loose puck on a point shot and edged Jaroslav Halak to even the game after just 31 seconds.
The second period
The middle section was a nightmare for Halek, who allowed two goals on the Ducks on his first three shots.
Dmitry Kulikov’s tally was even more outrageous as the 32-year-old defenseman with 44 goals in 825 NHL games took a bad corner shot that went past him in just 39 seconds.
Troy Terry would score the eventual game-winner at 5:25 when he slammed a shot over blocker Halak, whose angle did not appear to have been caught.
“[Halak] Didn’t get much work. “I’m sure the second goal he wasn’t happy with,” said Gallant. “You have to stay with her. He’s a veteran guy, and he’s won a lot of hockey games in his career. We’re going to get him some victories.”
Braden Schneider scored his second goal in as many nights with 1:54 remaining. The assists went to Mika Zibanejad and Artemy Panarin, who took his 400th career assist.
The New York Rangers came up with a late drive but were unable to get the equalizer by John Gibson.
“We had four out of five empty nets where he managed to save a species,” Zibanijad said wistfully. “It’s frustrating. We’re not playing our best game but we’re creating enough chances and the puck doesn’t want to go in.”
In the end, the Rangers completed this trip west with a score of 2-1-1. They sit with a record of 10-7-4 and 24 points which is tied for third in the Metropolitan Division. At Thanksgiving break, they hold their first wild card spot in the East.
Why is this important? Well, the teams that are usually in the playoffs come Thanksgiving, and they make the playoffs about 77% of the time.
- Yaroslav Halek stopped only 19 of the 22 shots fired
- The Adam Fox point line ends at 9
- Artemi Panarin scores 400 career assists
Thursday, November 24: Day off (Happy Thanksgiving)
Friday, November 25th: Practice at MSG Training Center, 11 a.m. ET
Saturday, November 26: Edmonton Oilers game, 1 p.m. ET
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