Stars end Artemi Panarin’s and Rangers’ point streak

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The New York Rangers learned why the Dallas Stars are a favorite to come out of the Western Conference, as they erased a two-goal Rangers lead on their way to a 6-3 victory Monday night.

The regulation loss was New York’s first since Oct. 19, ending its 11-game streak with at least a point.

Dallas scored five times in the third period, including goals from Mason Marchment and Tyler Seguin 1:16 apart to break a 2-2 tie.

It’s a tough loss,” Mika Zibanejad said afterwards. “We’ll look at this in more detail tomorrow.”

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Marchment’s power play goal was initially called no goal on the ice. Igor Shesterkin stopped a Wyatt Johnston shot but didn’t cover the puck. Marchment pushed the loose puck under Shesterkin, who immediately signaled — and apparently sold — goaltender interference.

But Dallas challenged and the goal was rightfully successful.

Seguin’s goal was also challenged, though unsuccessfully. Perhaps Peter Laviolette was trying for a Hail Mary to change momentum back in his team’s favor.

“You lose a hockey game and you’re disappointed,” Laviolette explained. “You want to do better especially when you have a lead. That’s the frustrating part of it.”

The Rangers built a two-goal lead thanks to a power play goal by Vincent Trocheck in the first period.

Kaapo Kakko’s tally in the second came off a fluky play as he drove to the net. It was his first goal since Oct. 21. But that’s where the good fortune ended.

Dallas cut the lead back to one less than a minute after Kakko’s goal on a goal by Jamie Benn, who beat Igor Shesterkin on a 3-on-1 break.

Kreider had an opportunity to restore the two-goal lead in the opening seconds of the third but was stopped point blank by Scott Wedgewood. It proved to be a huge missed opportunity and a turning point in the game.

Dallas tied the game on the following shift when Joe Pavelski buried a rebound. Six minutes later the flood gates opened.

The Stars padded the lead with a pair of empty-net goals late before Barclay Goodrow scored a garbage time goal in the game’s final seconds.

Defensive structure has been the stalwart for the Rangers on their way to the best start in franchise history. But that was missing Monday in the Lone Star State.

Shesterkin’s inability to cover the puck — 48 hours after two somewhat soft goals in New Jersey — is a concern, as was a breakdown by the defense on Seguin’s mark that put the game away.

New York continues its road trip Wednesday night in Pittsburgh against the Penguins.

Rangers Notes

  • Igor Shesterkin struggled in this one stopping 26 of 29
  • Artemi Panarin’s points streak is snapped at 15 (10 goals, 16 assists)
  • Barclay Goodrow registered his first goal of the season
  • Nick Bonino notched his first point with the Rangers (assist)
  • Jacob Trouba notched 2 assists
  • Vincent Trocheck points streak hits 6 games (4 goals, 7 assists)
  • Rangers point streak ends at 11 (10-0-1)

New York will travel to Pittsburgh tomorrow. No announcement if the team will have a practice at this time.

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