NEW YORK (AP) — Filip Chytil is having quite the scoring run, and the New York Rangers could not be happier.
Chytil scored the tiebreaking goal 4:32 into the third period to rally the New York Rangers to a 2-1 win over the Dallas Stars on Monday night. The 21st overall pick in the 2017 NHL draft, Chytil scored for the fourth straight game to become the first teenager in franchise history to accomplish that feat.
“I am happy we are winning and I can help the team with goals,” Chytil said. “I am trying to play hard and play my game.”
Jimmy Vesey also scored and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 16 shots to help the Rangers win their sixth straight at home. New York has also won eight of its last 10 overall (8-1-1).
The Rangers trailed 1-0 before Vesey tied it with his seventh about 9 1/2 minutes into the second as he twisted his body around Dallas’ Roman Polak before backhanding a loose puck past goalie Ben Bishop while falling to the ice.
“Hard work feels good,” New York coach David Quinn said. “It feels good. And so these guys have put a lot into it and when you get rewarded with the wins, you really have that feeling. And that’s kind of the (feeling) we have right now.”
Tyler Seguin scored early in the second period to give Dallas the lead. Bishop made 12 saves before leaving after two periods due to a lower body injury. Anton Khudobin stopped nine of the 10 shots he faced in the third.
The Stars snapped a two-game win streak and fell to 3-3-2 in their last eight.
Chytil put the Rangers ahead with a snap shot from the top of the left circle. Before shooting, he cut behind Stars defenseman Joel Hanley, in effect using him as a screen.
“It’s not an excuse but for me it was a little tough because maybe I wasn’t warm enough,” Khudobin said. “At the same time, he went back-forth, back-forth and I was kind of thinking he might go to the middle but he stayed on the (left) side and snuck (one) right by me.”
Lundqvist kept the game even, and made a spectacular glove save on Stars rookie defenseman Miro Heiskanen’s shot from the slot with 1:05 left in the second.
“I am relying on my reads_back to the way I played waiting for the puck (and) reading the shot,” said Lundqvist, who faced a 6 on 5 in the final 2:17. He only had to make one save_on an Alex Radulov wrist shot–while benefitting from two Fredrik Claesson blocked shots, and one each from Marc Staal and Jesper Fast.
“I feel comfortable,” Lundqvist said.
Dallas took a 1-0 lead on Seguin’s power play goal 2:17 into the second. The Stars’ center ripped a laser from the left faceoff dot to open the scoring. It was Seguin’s seventh goal of the season, including the second on the power play, and came 44 seconds after Bishop’s right pad save on Brett Howden’s short-handed attempt.
Dallas finished the game 1 for 4 on the power play, while holding New York to 0 for 2.
“The power play was poor,” Stars coach Jim Montgomery said.