ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 14: Jakob Silfverberg #33 of the Anaheim Ducks scores the game winning goal in the shoot-out against Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers at the Honda Center on December 14, 2019 in Anaheim, California. The Ducks defeated the Rangers 4-3 in the shoot-out.
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Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers snatched defeat from the jaws of victory not once, but twice in Anaheim against the Ducks.

  • New York Rangers 3 (16-12-4, 36 pts)
  • Anaheim Ducks 4 (14-15-4, 32 pts)
  • NHL, Final, Shoutout, Box Score
  • Honda Center, Anaheim, CA

One-hundred-and-six seconds is all that separated the New York Rangers from an impressive two-point regular win in Anaheim Saturday afternoon.

It was not to be.

A Hampus Lindholm power-play goal at the 18:16 mark of the third knotted the game at three. It came courtesy of a Brady Skjei tripping penalty that put David Quinn’s team down a man at a critical time.

Then, after a scoreless overtime, the team faced a similar situation: stop one shootout attempt and walk away with two points.

It didn’t happen.

Ondrej Kase deked Henrik Lundqvist out of his skates and Jakob Silfverberg followed it up with an identical shot and spot (back-hand, short-side top-shelf corner).

New York ends its road trip with a 4-3 shootout loss in Anaheim.

Artemi Panarin continues to fly. He added another goal on Saturday, making it goals in all four games on the road trip. The Bread Man’s 19th of the season followed up a Rangers’ 1-0 lead, making it 2-0 before the Ducks could even blink twice.

Interestingly, the scoreboard read 1-0 in favor of the road team before the Ducks could even think about blinking. Mika Zibanejad scored 10 seconds into the contest, one second shy of the team’s all-time franchise record of nine.

As they often do, New York yet again gave up a comfortable lead.

Silfverberg tallied his 12th of the year, on the power-play, just several minutes after Panarin made it 2-0.

Erik Gudbranson beat Lundqvist just 1:02 into the second period, pulling Anaheim even at two goals apiece.

After four goals within a span of 21:02, the two teams turned to more of a defensive contest. But yet again, the Rangers’ theme of the night, strike quickly, held true. Zibanejad’s second goal of the day put his team ahead 3-2.

Zibanejad finished with two goals and the Rangers’ lone shootout tally, earning No. 2 star honors. The Ducks’ Hampus Lindholm, who tied the game late with a power-play goal, his first of the season, skates away with No. 1 star honors.

Lundqvist played well for most of the afternoon, yet was exposed in the shootout. Each was a tough shot to defense, no doubt; but Silfverberg didn’t hesitate once he saw Kase’s location. No. 30 finished with 39 saves on 42 shots.

Josh Gibson picks up the victory after stopping 29 of the 32 Rangers shots that were put on net.

New York walks away with five points on the four-game road trip with a record of 2-1-1. Next up will be the Nashville Predators Monday night at Madison Square Garden.

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