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Rangers hand Ducks 4th straight loss

Nov 4, 2011 - 4:03 AM
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Erik Christensen and Marian Gaborik scored on backhands in the shootout, and the New York Rangers handed the Anaheim Ducks their fourth straight loss, 2-1 on Thursday night.

"I haven't been great in shootouts this year, I think I have to improve it a little bit, but it definitely helps when you have guys scoring tonight," Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist said.

Jeff Woywitka scored his first goal as a member of the Rangers, giving them a 1-0 lead in the first period, while Lundqvist made 27 saves in the victory.

With New York holding a 2-1 lead in the shootout, Lundqvist stoned Bobby Ryan in the final round to get his first win in four starts (1-2-1). Gaborik was credited with the game-winner on a deke to his backhand as New York's third skater.

The Rangers improved to 2-1-1 on a six-game homestand, while the Ducks fell to 1-4-3 since opening the season with four wins in their first five games.

Ryan had the only goal for Anaheim, tying the game in the second period, and Jonas Hiller finished with 24 saves.

"He stood in there, he gave up one goal," Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf said of his goaltender. "That's all we can ask from him."

Woywitka scored with 2:28 remaining in the opening period, giving his new team a 1-0 lead with a slap shot from above the left circle that made it through a screen and in between Hiller's legs.

Ryan tied the game for Anaheim late in the second, scoring his fifth goal of the season on what was shaping up as a harmless play until he snapped the puck on net from above the right circle.

The shot beat Lundqvist under the cross bar to make it 1-1 with just 1:42 remaining in the period.

The Ducks dictated play early in the third period and were out-shooting the Rangers 7-1 when George Parros was whistled for a tripping penalty. New York had possession on the delayed call and Hiller robbed Steve Eminger with a glove save in close before play was stopped.

But the man advantage only lasted 1:40 for New York before Derek Stepan was called for hooking. The Rangers then had a good shorthanded chance but Hiller stayed with Ryan Callahan on a deke to the forehand and made a left pad save.

Anaheim out-shot New York, 15-4, in the third.

The Rangers had good pressure in overtime, getting their best chance on a Ruslan Fedotenko shot that deflected off the left post.

Game Notes

The Ducks beat the Rangers, 2-1, in a shootout on October 8 in Stockholm, Sweden...New York's homestand continues Saturday against Montreal...Anaheim is 1-2-3 on a seven-game road trip that ends Saturday in Detroit.