The Filip Chytil led New York Rangers defeated the Dallas Stars on Monday night at MSG, 2-1, winning their eighth game out of the last 10.
- New York Rangers 2 (11-8-2, 24 points)
- Dallas Stars 1 (11-8-2, 24 points)
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The New York Rangers have been playing a strong game at the Garden and Monday night was no different as the Blueshirts battled the Dallas Stars, winning the contest 2-1.
Nineteen-year-old Filip Chytil scored the game-winner early in the third period, it was his fourth goal in as many games. The rookie is the first teenager in Rangers history to have a four-game goal scoring streak.
The game-winning goal by Chytil gave the team their eighth win in the last 10 games (8-1-1) with 17 out of a possible 20 points. The Blueshirts have won six straight games on Broadway with their last loss occurring on Oct. 21 vs Calgary.
The teams played a scoreless first period as the Stars outshot the Rangers 7-4. Early in the second period, the Stars took advantage of a Mika Zibanejad high sticking penalty as Tyler Seguin tallied a power play goal to give the Stars a 1-0 lead.
Less than seven minutes later forward Jimmy Vesey scored a SportsCenter Top-10 highlight-worthy goal, connecting on a backhand as he was falling forward to tie the game at 1-1. Marc Staal and Brett Howden assisted on Vesey’s seventh of the season.
The assist for Howden now gives him a point in 11 of 20 games he has played this season.
The second period ended 1-1, with the Rangers outshooting the Stars 9-5 in the stanza.
When the Stars came out for the start of the third period, goalie Ben Bishop was not on the ice. He would not return due to a lower-body injury, allowing backup goalie Anton Khudobin to stand in the crease for the remainder of the game. The Stars goalie has appeared in only six games so far this season and the Rangers took advantage early on.
Rookie Filip Chytil scored his fourth goal of the season 4:23 into the third period. The Rangers took a 2-1 third-period lead. Brendan Smith made a great poke check causing a turnover and Chytil did the rest.
The Rangers tightened up on defense, allowing the Stars only five shots on goal in the third period. The Rangers outshot Dallas 23-17 for the game. The 17 shots allowed was the lowest total the Rangers have given up this season.
Henrik Lundqvist took the win, his seventh of the season. Monday night’s win gave Lundqvist his 500th career win, which is a combination of his 438 regular season wins and his 62 career playoff wins.
The Rangers next game will be on Wednesday night when they play host to the New York Islanders.