The Rangers went into Dallas last night with a bit of an emotional reunion on their minds. Even though Mats Zuccarello was not playing, he was the focus of interviews for both clubs. It didn’t seem to impact the Stars much, who came out like a team fighting for their playoff lives. They controlled even strength for the most part, especially in the third period (before the absurd Mika Zibanejad ejection).
Alex Georgiev shined again in this one, making several fabulous saves while Dallas poured it on in the third. This game shouldn’t have been 1-0 by the time Zibanejad was ejected for boxing out. He was also marvelous on that 5-on-3, keeping it a one-goal game. But in the end, the Rangers could not put one past Ben Bishop.
On the bright side, Libor Hajek was solid again. It’s only three games, but he’s been much better than he was in Hartford. He looked much better and confident with the puck as well. The Stars really shut the Rangers down, though.
Stars 1, Rangers 0
The gif only shows the very nice shot by John Klingberg, but this starts with Marc Staal unable to clear the zone on the clear. This led to Miro Heiskanen getting the puck over to Klingberg with room to shoot.
This is what you expect when the Rangers aren’t able to generate anything sustained. Not much available in the high danger areas, leading to more shots than usual from the points. Dallas focused their attack from the high slot.
The Blueshirts now fly to Detroit for a big #tankathon game on Thursday.