The Rangers fell to the Washington Capitals on Wednesday after a season-long defeat, but there was definitely a response when they faced the same two goal deficits in their home game against the Stars the next day.
It was enough to force extra time, but at 1:38 in extra time, the Stars’ Miro Heiskanen’s goal beat Rangers 3-2 at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night and started the season 0-1.
On the night in honor of the late Rangers the great Rod Gilbert, the entire Gilbert family, with his wife Judy, took part in an emotional presentation, a ceremonial puck throwing. Blue shirts gave more heart than ice. to tuesday night.
The Rangers rested part of their rough and tough lineup, but were unable to feature after Sammy Blaise described it as a minor injury at the start of the season. Blaise was replaced in the third row by Julien Gauthier.
In addition, Nils Lundqvist made his NHL debut in place of Jarred Tinordi, who had a rough night against the Capitals.
The Rangers could have collected just four shots in 20 minutes, slowing the pace quickly, allowing the stars to push them to the edge of the zone.
With 35 seconds to go before the end of the first half, Lundqvist and Patrick Nemeth’s defensive breach led Jacob Peterson to be the first to put Dallas on the board.
Head coach Gerard Gallant told Rangers after Wednesday’s game that they had to play the same way in every shift, and that started in the middle on Thursday.
After a number of second-round A chances from the Rangers, Kaapo Kakko hit the post once and Stars net defender Braden Holtby hit Ryan Strom on the doorstep after Dallas struck again.
After Ryan Reaves, Jacob Trouba and Jamie Benn from the Stars took a rough penalty to use force on Dallas, Radek Fax made it 2-0.
Unlike the opening of the season, Rangers responded to the Stars. Turning off the control and putting the ball into the net, Rangers took over the pace of the game.
Adam Fox kicked the ball from the top of the zone through the traffic to put the Rangers on board, with Chris Cryder making K’Andre Miller’s shot 2-2.
Halfway through the third half, Holtby headed to the locker room and Anton Khudobin scored the Star Gate.