It was supposed to be a battle between two of the league’s power houses, a potential Stanley Cup final preview, but Sunday’s tilt between the Anaheim Ducks and New York Rangers was an “old-fashioned butt-kicking” in the words of Bruce Boudreau.
“We looked more like No. 30 than we did No. 1 tonight,” Boudreau said per The Orange County Register. “We couldn’t look at anybody that was really good. We were all in the same boat.”
The loss ended Anaheim’s four-game win streak.
The Ducks lost both meetings with the Rangers this season while being out-scored 11-3.
“We’re going to flush it and move on,” said captain Ryan Getzlaf. “That’s all you can do on these nights. Burn the tape. Move on. Get ready to play the next one. Because tonight was embarrassing. It was terrible.”
Anaheim continues its three-game road trip Tuesday night in Columbus while the Rangers play host to the L.A. Kings on NBCSN.
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The Anaheim Ducks initially managed to match the Rangers blow-for-blow tonight, but the contest ended up being a decidedly one-sided 7-2 victory in favor of New York.
New York got help from a lot of different players, but forward Derek Stepan stood out. He ended his 12-game scoring drought with two goals and an assist. Keith Yandle recorded three assists, making this his first multi-point game as a member of the Rangers. However, it was Carl Hagelin who ended up being credited with the game-winning goal.
That marker also drove Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen from the contest after allowing three goals on seven shots. John Gibson replaced him, but saved just 18 of 22 shots.
After winning seven of their last eight games, the Rangers now sit atop the NHL’s standings with a 46-18-7 record. Anaheim matches New York in points, but has also played in three more contests.
The next step for the Rangers is to take on the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday in a 2014 Stanley Cup rematch (7:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN). Although the Kings won the championship, they haven’t been nearly as successful as the Rangers in the 2014-15 campaign. The Rangers have an opportunity to significantly diminish Los Angeles’ chances of making the playoffs at all by winning that game.
The seven goals are also the most goals scored against the Ducks in one game in franchise history. #NYR
Tonight’s game between the Anaheim Ducks and New York Rangers was billed as a potential Stanley Cup preview and both teams certainly showed a lot of drive in the first period.
Rangers forward Chris Kreider netted the first goal of the game just 1:24 minutes in and over the following 10 minutes an additional four markers found the back of the net.
Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen looked shaky tonight and was pulled after stopping just four of seven shots over 10:16 minutes of ice time. He was replaced by John Gibson, who turned aside the Rangers’ final four shots on goal prior to the first intermission.
On the other end of the ice, the Ducks bombarded Cam Talbot with 17 shots, but the Rangers netminder managed to stop all but two of them. In both cases, Corey Perry was the man who solved Talbot. Those were Perry’s 30th and 31st markers of the 2014-15 campaign, making this the fifth season of his career that he has scored at least 30 goals. He’s behind just Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne when it comes to posting 30-goal campaigns with Anaheim, per the NHL Communications Department. Kariya and Selanne achieved that feat six and seven times respectively.
The New York Rangers made it to the Stanley Cup Final last year while the Anaheim Ducks upgraded over the summer by adding forward Ryan Kesler after being eliminated in seven games to the eventual champion Los Angeles Kings. Both squads naturally entered the season amid high expectations and so far they’ve lived up to them.
The Rangers and Ducks lead the Metropolitan and Pacific Divisions respectively and are serious contenders for the Presidents’ Trophy. That should make for a great game and you can watch it on NBCSN or stream it via NBC Sports Live Extra: