The Anaheim Ducks broke open a 3-3 tie with a pair of goals early in the 3rd period, and went on to beat the Rangers, 6-3, Sunday night in Anaheim. The game marked the return of Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who had been out of the lineup with an injury since March 7th.
The win pushed the Ducks into 1st place in the Pacific Division, and kept the Rangers from clinching a playoff spot.
Andrew Cogliano [at 2:19] and Patrick Eaves [at 4:23] made it 5-3 in the early minutes of the 3rd period. Nick Ritchie added an empty-net goal with 1:38 to play for the final 6-3 margin.
The game was tied 2-2 at the end of one period, as the Blueshirts got goals from Rick Nash and Derek Stepan. It was Nash’s 4th straight game with a goal, and was the 2nd straight game that saw Stepan score.
In the 2nd period, Josh Manson made it 3-2 Anaheim with a short-handed goal at 9:39, but the Blueshirts answered with a Brady Skjei goal at 13:10 that made it 3-3.
Lundqvist stopped 28 of the 33 shots he faced. Mika Zibanejad had two assists for the Rangers.
The Rangers [now 46-26-4, 96 pts] finish up the three-game road trip Tuesday night in San Jose against the Sharks.