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New York Rangers stumble again in 6-3 defeat to the Ducks (Highlights)

The New York Rangers invaded Anaheim losing the first two games of a four-game road trip and although they were facing a team just as desperate in the Ducks, they couldn’t help but put up another stinker in a 6-3 loss.

The New York Rangers came into Anaheim looking for a much-needed road win. The teams combined for three power-play goals and two shorthanded goals but the Rangers found themselves on the wrong side of a 6-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks. It was their third loss in a row on this four-game road trip.

The Rangers kept the same lines as Tuesday night, with the exception of Peter Holland and David Desharnais switching lines. Holland began the game as the center of the third line and Desharnais the centered the fourth line.

As has been the case this season, the Ducks scored the first goal of the game by J.T. Brown. It only took Anaheim 3:25 to take the 1-0 lead.

Rick Nash scored the equalizer on the power play to tie the game at 1-1 with 8:51 to go in the first period.

Cory Perry scored his eighth of the year on the power play, a goal Henrik Lundqvist probably believe he should have had. The Ducks had the lead again 2-1.

Rick Nash scored his second of the game at 15:14 of the period to tie the game at 2-2. It was Nash’s 15th goal of the season.

Andrew Cogliano answered one minute seven seconds later to give the Ducks a 3-2 lead and the night was over for Henrik Lundqvist. He only made three saves on seven shots. Ondrej Pavelec came into relief Lundqvist.

Adam Henrique ended the four-goal period for Anaheim as he scored a short-handed goal with 1:22 left in the period.

The period ended 4-2 as the Rangers outshot the Ducks 18-8.

Michael Grabner brought the Rangers to within one goal as he scored a shorthanded breakaway goal, his 21st of the year.

With Grabner’s shorthanded goal this is the first Rangers game where both teams have each scored a power-play goal and a shorthanded goal since Feb.7, 2007 vs. the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Rangers have led after two periods on the road once in the last nine games and that was the Winter Classic game.

The second period ended with the Rangers trailing 4-3. The Rangers and ducks had 14 shots on goal in the second period.

The Rangers began the third period shorthanded as they were killing off the final seconds of a penalty call made late in the second period on Brendan Smith. Jesper Fast then took an interference penalty to put the team down two men. the Ducks Rickard Rakell proceeded to score his 18th of the year just 30 seconds into the third period to give the Kings a 5-3 lead.

The Rangers could not score in the third period and with the goalies pulled Ryan Getzlaf scored an empty net goal to give the Ducks a 6-3 win.

J.T. Miller was benched for the entire second and third period.

The Rangers head to San Jose to take on the Sharks on Thursday night, 10:30 p.m. ET.

A graduate of St. John's University class of '91. I have been a fan of the New York Rangers since the days of Peter Puck. Founder of Ranger Proud, the Facebook page that covers all news, notes, pre /post-game stats, and player quotes. I can be reached at Nyrfc12@gmail.com