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Ducks move to top of NHL, end Rangers’ winning streak

Nov 4, 2013, 10:21 PM EDT

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Things were going well for the New York Rangers lately. Unfortunately, a Western Conference team came to town, as the Anaheim Ducks ended the Rangers’ three-game winning streak 2-1 on Monday.

That victory leaves Anaheim at 25 points (12-3-1 in 16 games), leaving them on top of the NHL’s standings at the end of tonight.

(Granted, they’ve played the most games along with Vancouver and Buffalo, while Colorado’s 24 points came in three fewer contests while San Jose’s 23 happened in two less.)

Frederik Andersen continues his Viktor Fasth-like start to his NHL career as he’s won a fourth consecutive game. He stopped 32 out of 33 shots against the Rangers in Ryan Callahan‘s return.

Tonight’s game ended with an odd run of penalties, but the Rangers must still feel a little deflated after tonight’s contest.

On the bright side, their next five games are against Eastern Conference teams.

  1. stakex - Nov 4, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Well at least the Rangers looked a lot better against the Ducks this time around then they did a few weeks ago. They were burned by some sloppy play early, and failed to finish some A+ chances that could have tied the game… but overall I thought the Rangers played pretty good. Definitely a team trending upward, despite the loss tonight.

    • stepanup - Nov 5, 2013 at 8:44 AM

      Agreed. Coming away without points is unfortunate, but I thought the Rangers were the better team for the majority of the game. The Ducks made the Rangers pay for their mistakes early, but after that I was impressed with the Rangers possession and effort to win one-on-one battles. Full marks to Andersen for winning that game for Anaheim.

      Side note: Fewer Pierre McGuire anecdotes would be appreciated. It’s getting ridiculous. I’m trying to watch a hockey game, not listen to a narrated memoir.

  2. tbbolts91 - Nov 4, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Who knew Dwayne Roloson is their goaltending coach…?

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