The Rangers Score 2 goals in the 3rd vs the Stars as King Hankie Returns
Last Night, The New York Rangers traveled to Dallas to take on the Stars. After Antti Raanta started four consecutive games, Alain Vigneault went with his veteran, Henrik Lundqvist, in net.
As the game started, Henrik Lundqvist took multiple hits in his return, including one in the 1st, which he had to leave the game to be checked out. With Lundqvist being looked at, Raanta received a few minutes of playing time, but according to NHL.com, Raanta did not take any shots.
Henrik returned and continued to shine in his first game back since December 6. He held the Stars scoreless, despite the Stars' five Power Plays off Rangers penalties. Lundqvist made a total of 27 saves and was named second on the Top Performers List on ESPN.com behind Arizona Coyotes' Goalkeeper, Mike Smith.
The game was scoreless up until the third period when the Stars earned a Power Play at 7:08 in the third period. Rick Nash forced a turnover and had a breakaway all the way to the Stars' net and scored a short-handed goal off Antti Niemi for the Rangers' Game-Winning goal. Personally, I enjoy short-handed goals as they are unexpected but also exciting to see. With Nash's short-handed goal, the Rangers have five short-handed goals on this season.
Then, The Rangers scored another goal with 2 minutes to go, as the Stars left their net empty to have another skater on, when Mats Zuccarello was trying to clear the puck out and it went in. The Rangers win 2-0 as Lundqvist and Raanta both share the shutout win.
The Rangers travel to Nashville to take on the Predators on Saturday Night before going back home to take on the New Jersey Devils on Sunday.