NEW YORK – Two three-game win streaks ended on Monday night. One belonged to the New York Rangers who stumbled against the Anaheim Ducks. In their first meeting this season, the Ducks thrashed the Rangers, 6-0, in an embarrassing game for New York. On Monday, the game was much tighter with the Ducks prevailing 2-1.
It was a game of bad bounces that a team like New York cannot afford to make because they rarely recover from them.
“It’s definitely a lesson for all of us that you have to be so careful with the puck, especially when you play top teams and their top lines,” Ranger goalie Henrik Lundqvist said. “They’re so fast at turning mistakes into scoring chances. That’s why they’re a top team.”
Both Ducks goals came in the opening period and both were the result of poor passing on the part of the Rangers. Derek Brassard’s clearing effort was deflected leading to the opening goal and Brad Richards’ poor pass was picked off for the second goal.
Nothing gets easy for New York as they host the division-leading Penguins Wednesday night.
In the other game Monday, the Detroit Red Wings went into Winnipeg and promptly dropped a 4-2 decision to the Jets.
The Jets played their most complete game of the season and that pleased their head coach.
“There were a lot of really good things in that game,” Jets coach Claude Noel said. “It was fun to watch our team play that way.”
The Jets were tenacious all night and survived the Wings’ charge back to knot the game at 2.
“We found a way to come back 2-2 going into the third,” Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg said. “But then we didn’t take care of the puck enough, and in the end that cost us the game.”
Al Montoya got the call to start the game in the Jets’ crease and took the win with a terrific performance.
“Five-on-five, we did a great job against a very offensive team, a very skilled team,” Montoya said. “It just goes to show that we can play against anyone on any given night.
“This is a big statement win for us. Whatever it means out there, who cares? For us in this locker room, it’s huge.”
For Detroit, it was a disappointing way to end the road trip.
“They played better than we did,” Detroit coach Mike Babcock said of his team, which was playing its third game in four nights. “I think from start to finish they were the better team. We didn’t look like we had much energy. We didn’t skate well. We didn’t execute well.”
BLACKHAWKS, STANLEY CUP VISIT THE WHITE HOUSE
President Barack Obama welcomed the Blackhawks to the White House on Monday to honor the team for its 2013 Stanley Cup victory. The Blackhawks also visited Walter Reed National Military Center to thank veterans, wounded warriors and their families for their courage and service to the country.
“To me this is the one moment where you really can reflect back and say, ‘Wow, it was a heck of a year we had,’” said head coach Joel Quenneville. “We’ll walk together forever with that group.”
Anaheim 2, NY Rangers 1
Winnipeg 4, Detroit 2
DUCKS, ANDERSEN CLOSE TRIP ON HIGH NOTE
Frederik Andersen made 32 saves to lead the Ducks to a 2-1 victory in the final contest of their season-long, eight-game road trip. Anaheim went 5-2-1 on the trip, including a 5-0-1 record in its last six games, to match the most wins during a single road trip in club history and move into first place in the NHL standings (12-3-1, 25 points). It marks the first time the Ducks have led the League standings through 16 games since 2006-07, when the team went 12-0-4 to start the season en route to winning the Stanley Cup.
Andersen improved to 4-0-0 with a 1.36 goals-against average and .952 save percentage in his first four NHL appearances, including a 3-0-0 record on the road trip. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is just the third active goaltender to post victories in each of his first four NHL games, joining Kari Lehtonen (for the Thrashers in March-April 2004) and teammate Viktor Fasth (January-February 2013).
HOMECOMING FOR PALMIERI
Ducks forward Kyle Palmieri, who was born on Long Island and grew up primarily in New Jersey, scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in his first NHL game at Madison Square Garden. A first-round pick (26th overall) in the 2009 NHL Draft, Palmieri had roughly 30-35 family and friends in the crowd.
“I was looking for an opportunity to play here and close to home. It was awesome having friends and family in the stands,” he said afterward. “I was born in New York and my dad was a Rangers fan. I just took to them. I loved the atmosphere here after seeing my first game. I was a Rangers fan ever since.”
JETS CLIP WINGS
The Jets scored three unanswered goals to defeat the Red Wings in their first regular-season visit to Winnipeg since March 10, 1996. Matt Halischuk tallied the game-winning goal, his first marker since joining the Jets as a free agent this offseason, and Al Montoya made 26 saves for his second victory of the season.
LITTLE SURPASSES 2012-13 GOAL TOTAL
Jets forward Bryan Little scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season (16 GP), one more than he scored during the entire 2012-13 campaign (48 GP). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Little is the third player who scored at least five goals last season to already surpass that total in 2013-14. The others: Blues forward Alexander Steen, who recorded eight goals in 40 games last year and has 12 in 12 this season, and Islanders forward Frans Nielsen, who totaled six goals in 48 games last year and has eight in 14 this season.
The Rangers have allowed two or fewer goals in each of their last seven games, their longest stretch since an eight-game run from Dec. 31, 2009-Jan. 14, 2010 . . . Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard made a season-high 43 saves . . . Ducks forward Corey Perry scored his team-leading ninth goal of the season. He also paced the club with four goals during its eight-game road trip . . . Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser potted a shorthanded goal for the first score of his NHL career . . . The Department of Player Safety fined Hurricanes defenseman Ryan Murphy $2,213.68, the maximum allowable under the CBA, for clipping Rangers forward Derek Dorsett.
SNEAK PEEK AT TUESDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Dallas @ Boston, 7:00 p.m., FS-SW+, NESN
NY Islanders @ Washington, 7:00 p.m., MSG PLUS, CSN-DC
Ottawa @ Columbus, 7:00 p.m., SNET-E, FS-O
St. Louis @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m., TSN, RDS, FS-MW
Edmonton @ Florida, 7:30 p.m., SNET-W, FS-F
Philadelphia @ Carolina, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, CSN-PH
Calgary @ Minnesota, 8:00 p.m., SNET-W, SNET-CGY, FS-N
Vancouver @ Phoenix, 9:00 p.m., SNET-P, KTVK
Buffalo @ San Jose, 10:30 p.m., MSG-B, BELL TV, CSN-CA
SEGUIN, PEVERLEY RETURN TO BOSTON
Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley return to Boston for the first time since an offseason trade sent the duo to Dallas. Seguin, the No. 2 overall selection in the 2010 NHL Draft, played the first three seasons of his NHL career for the Bruins, totaling 56-65—121 in 203 regular-season games. He leads the Stars with six goals and 15 points in 14 games this season.
“There are so many great memories here,” Seguin told the Boston Globe. “Obviously, my first year being lucky enough to win the Stanley Cup, my second year going to my first All-Star Game and leading the team in points there and, obviously, this past year going to the Cup Final again, there’s some tremendous memories here. It’s a good feeling when I come here. I know I’m not actually part of Boston anymore, but it will always be a part of me.”