Despite being in the midst of a four game Western Conference swing, it’s still unusual for the Rangers to see an opponent for the first time in February.
Nevertheless, they’ll face off with the Anaheim Ducks for the first of their yearly couple of games on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden (7:00, MSG).
The Rangers (33-18-1) are looking to extend a two game winning streak, won their first game against the Western quartet on Sunday afternoon, defeating the Clagary Flames 4-3 in a come-from-behind victory. Rick Nash scored a goal in the first period, and three more were added in the third, as Michael Grabner, Chris Kreider, and Jesper Fast each scored. Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves in victory.
The Ducks (28-16-10) recently lost their hold on first place in the Pacific Division, an endeavor that took a dreary turn on Saturday night in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Ducks managed just 16 shots on net, but were able to scrounge up a point thanks to 35 saves from Jonathan Bernier. Brandon Montour scored the first goal of his NHL career, and Ryan Getzlaf added the equalizer in the third period.
As mentioned above, this will be the first time the Rangers and Ducks meet this season. The Rangers have swept the Ducks each of the past two seasons, winning in overtime in the MSG game 3-2. Mats Zuccarello scored the game winning in the extra frame. The two teams will meet again on March 26 at Honda Center.
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