Rangers subjection Ducks 7-2, locate Western Conference leaders atop NHL standings

March 23, 2015 - photo frame

  • New York Rangers’ Derek Stepan celebrates after scoring during a second duration of a NHL hockey diversion opposite a Anaheim Ducks, Sunday, Mar 22, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (The Associated Press)

  • Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson looks behind after being scored on by New York Rangers’ Derek Stepan during a second duration of a NHL hockey game, Sunday, Mar 22, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (The Associated Press)

  • The New York Rangers applaud a idea by J.T. Miller during a second duration of a NHL hockey diversion opposite a Anaheim Ducks, Sunday, Mar 22, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (The Associated Press)

  • New York Rangers’ Derek Stepan reacts after scoring during a initial duration of a NHL hockey diversion opposite a Anaheim Ducks, Sunday, Mar 22, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (The Associated Press)

Cam Talbot finally had a night in that he didn’t have to be scarcely ideal to assistance a New York Rangers win.

The Rangers managed usually 13 goals in a prior 8 games, though went 6-1-1 in that stretch, with Talbot backstopping all though one of a wins.

On Sunday night, Derek Stepan pennyless out of his prolonged unemployment with dual goals and an assist, and a Rangers rode a descent outburst and hold a Western Conference-leading Anaheim Ducks atop a NHL standings with a 7-2 rout.

Talbot authorised usually dual goals to Corey Perry in a initial duration when a Rangers netted three. He hold off a Ducks a rest of a way.

“They showed in a initial how they can measure dual flattering quickly,” Talbot said. “You can never consider that you’ll be protected opposite that group with a firepower that they have.

“You can never remove focus.”

Perry had a possibility during a third idea in a third period, though Talbot didn’t let that happen.

“It was a large save, though during a time a diversion was maybe a small out of hand,” Talbot said. “It’s good not to give adult an hostile group shawl pretence in a building.”

Stepan, who had no points in his prior 12 games, scored a idea in any of a initial dual durations as a Rangers coasted in a second of back-to-back games.

“It feels like a integrate of pianos came off my back,” Stepan said. “When a offense comes, we’ve got to make certain we bear down and continue to play hard. When we play a good group like Anaheim, we lift your level.”

New York snapped a Ducks’ four-game winning strain as Anaheim (46-21-7) began a five-game trip.

The Rangers (46-18-7), Ducks, and Montreal Canadiens all have 99 points, though New York has played fewer games than both.

“I consider they were broke on inhabitant TV,” Ducks manager Bruce Boudreau pronounced of his club. “You’re personification a group that’s right behind we in a competition for being No. 1. We looked some-more like No. 30, though it’s over.”

New York jumped on starter Frederik Andersen and chased him in preference of John Gibson 10:16 in. Chris Kreider and Carl Hagelin also scored in a opening frame, and J.T. Miller and Stepan tallied opposite Gibson in a second as New York built a 5-2 lead.

Jesper Fast put a Rangers brazen by 4 during 6:12 of a third, and Derick Brassard finished it a season-high 7 goals for New York 2:05 later. Keith Yandle tied a career high with 3 assists — his initial helpers in 10 games with a Rangers.

Talbot finished with 36 saves and softened to 15-3-3 given No. 1 goalie Henrik Lundqvist was forced out of a lineup by a neck injury. The Rangers are 17-3-3 in that span, including a 3-2 shootout win during Carolina on Saturday.

Kreider got New York on a house initial with his career-best 18th goal, 1:24 in, when he slammed in a lax puck from a double after a shot by Ryan McDonagh was sloping by Stepan.

The Ducks responded 1:26 after when Perry scored his initial to get to a 30-goal plateau for a fifth time in a NHL.

Anaheim gave a struggling New York energy play an early possibility with 15:02 remaining when Patrick Maroon gathering defenseman Dan Girardi into a boards.

Andersen finished back-to-back, in-close saves on Kreider and Rick Nash about 50 seconds into a advantage, though excellent flitting along a blue line set adult New York’s second goal. Yandle changed it to his left to Stepan during a indicate for a shot that got by Kreider’s shade and kick Andersen during 5:43 for his 12th goal.

The Rangers weren’t finished yet. Kevin Hayes spun in a right round and dismissed a shot that strike Hagelin and got past Andersen for his 16th idea during 10:16.

That finished Andersen’s night after he stopped usually 4 of 7 shots. Gibson incited aside all 4 he faced in a first.

“Obviously, a goaltender was improved than their goaltenders,” Rangers manager Alain Vigneault said. “Cam finished some large saves during a right time, and we hold their goalies a small bit off.”

Perry got a Ducks behind within a idea with 8:48 left in a first, pushing by McDonagh and flipping a shot past Talbot for his 31st goal.

“We’re going to flush it and pierce on,” brazen Ryan Getzlaf said. “Tonight was embarrassing, terrible.

“We didn’t have anything.”

NOTES: Seven goals are a many authorised by Anaheim this season. … The Rangers’ energy play was 0 for 18 over a prior 7 games, 1 for 25 in a final 10, and 3 for 43 in a past 17 before Stepan scored. … New York heading scorer Rick Nash snapped a five-game indicate drought with an support on Stepan’s initial goal. … New York is 16-4-5 opposite Western opponents this deteriorate and 11-1-1 opposite a Pacific Division.

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