The New York Rangers took the ice to play their 30th game of the 2017-18 regular season on Monday, December 11. The fans at Madison Square Garden got a chance to see the Dallas Stars in action for the only time this season. An extremely tight game between two solid teams was ultimately decided in shootouts, but the Rangers were unfortunately unable to get the victory.
Things got off to a relatively slow start on Monday. Both teams were getting a lot of shots on net, but the goaltenders were in excellent form. After a goalless and penalty-free first period, things started to pick up a little more in the second period. The Rangers committed two dumb penalties within the first three minutes of the period, but the Stars did not make them pay for their mistakes. Despite failing on two power plays, Dallas opened up the scoring with a goal by Julius Honka after six minutes of play in the second period.
New York was once again forced to rely on their excellent penalty killing skills late in the second period after Boo Nieves was charged with tripping. Shutting down the Dallas power play for the third time allowed the Rangers to go into the second intermission only down one goal. The start of the third period was very reminiscent of the first period. Both teams were getting solid chances, but nothing was getting in the back of the net. That all changed when Rick Nash tied the game with less than four minutes left in the game.
The three-on-three overtime brought plenty of action, but a scoreless extra period sent the game to shootouts. Mats Zuccarello started off the shootout with a goal for the Rangers. Alexander Radulov tied it up on Dallas’ first attempt. David Desharnais and Kevin Shattenkirk of the Rangers were both denied by Kari Lehtonen on their attempts. This gave Jason Spezza a chance to end the game, and he had no problem sending the New York fans home unhappy.
Despite losing in the shootout, the Rangers should be satisfied with getting a point on Monday. The Stars got 20 more shots on goal thanks to the 20 giveaways by the Rangers. If goalie Ondrej Pavelec did not make several amazing saves, then this game would have been an easy win for the Stars. The Rangers will return to action on Wednesday, December 13, when they travel to Canada to face the Ottawa Senators.