Filip Chytil scored his 4th goal in as many games, and Henrik Lundqvist and the New York defense stood tall in the closing minutes, as the Rangers edged the Dallas Stars, 2-1, Monday night at The Garden. It was the team’s 6th straight home win.
The Blueshirts are now 8-1-1 in their last ten games.
After a scoreless 1st period, Tyler Seguin gave Dallas a 1-0 lead just 2:17 into the period, for his 7th goal of the season. But the Rangers answered minutes later, when Jimmy Vesey, with his back to the Stars’ goal, backhanded a shot past Ben Bishop for a highlight reel goal at 9:38 to make it 1-1. Vesey now has four goals in his last eight games.
Bishop would leave the game after two periods, with what was described as a lower body injury, replaced by Anton Khudobin.
Chytil’s wrist shot at the 4:32 mark of the 3rd period gave New York a 2-1 lead. Skating in toward the Dallas net, he skidded to a stop, used Dallas defenseman Joel Hanley as a screen, and beat Khudobin up top for his 4th goal of the season. It was also his first career game-winning goal.
The Rangers managed to kill off the remaining time, with Lundqvist and the defense stopping the Stars. Fredrik Claesson made a huge block on an Alexander Radulov shot with 0:15 to play.
The Rangers [now 11-8-2, 24 pts] host the Islanders Wednesday night at The Garden.