The Rangers started a three-game Western road trip with a loss, falling to the Canucks 2-1 Wednesday night in Vancouver. Daniel Sedin and Alexander Edler each had a goal and an assist in the third period to lead the Canucks to the win.
The Rangers are now 2-5-1 in their last 8 games.
The Blueshirts came out like gang-busters. They had 27 shots during a scoreless 1st period; Vancouver goalie Ryan Miller made 15 saves, 6 were blocked by the defense, and 6 were off the mark.
After a scoreless 2nd period, the goals began to come in the 3rd period. The Rangers were well into killing a two-minute hooking penalty on Dominic Moore [at 1:32 of the 3rd], when Jarret Stoll was whistled for delay of game at 2:57, giving Vancouver a 5-on-3 advantage for 35 seconds. The Canucks scored 22 seconds later, at 3:19, on a slapshot by Edler to take a 1-0 lead.
The Blueshirts tied the game at 8:54. A Rick Nash shot was deflected by defenseman Christopher Tanev and stopped by Miller, but then Tanev fell on the loose puck in the crease. The officials awarded the Rangers a penalty shot, and Dan Boyle converted, sliding the puck past Miller at the last possible moment, and the game was 1-1.
The Canucks came right back and regained the lead, just 40 seconds later. Daniel Sedin re-directed Edler’s pass past Henrik Lundqvist for a goal and the 2-1 lead. It was Sedin’s 13th goal of the season.
Miller made 32 saves in the win. Lundqvist had 23 saves. The Rangers power play was 0-for-5.
The Rangers [now 18-8-3, 39 pts] continue their road trip Friday night in Edmonton.