DALLAS (AP) — Antoine Roussel scored the go-ahead goal 54 seconds into the second period, and the Dallas Stars broke the New York Rangers’ eight-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory on Monday night.
John Klingberg and Ales Hemsky also scored for the Stars, who have won six of seven.
The Rangers’ streak tied the NHL’s longest this season but fell two games short of matching the team record set during the 1939-40 season and equaled in 1972-73. This run was New York’s longest in 40 years.
J.T. Miller and Kevin Hayes scored for the Rangers.
Kari Lehtonen stopped 28 shots and earned his 15th victory of the season. New York’s Henrik Lundqvist lost for the first time since Dec. 1.
Roussel’s winner came when he gathered the rebound of a wide shot by Ryan Garbutt. He backhanded it into the vacant side of the net for his eighth goal.
The teams traded power-play goals early in the first period. Miller broke in and beat Lehtonen over his left shoulder following a neutral-zone outlet pass from Mats Zuccarello. His fifth goal of the season at 5:57 came while Jason Demers was off for hooking.
Five minutes later, rookie Klingberg sailed a puck through traffic and past Lundqvist’s blocker at 9:02. His previous attempt struck teammate Erik Cole and bounced right back to him just inside the blue line,
Tanner Glass was serving a tripping penalty at the time.
The Rangers’ Marc Staal had a hand in goals for both teams exactly a minute apart late in the first period. He unwittingly knocked a centering backhand from the corner by Hemsky through the sliver of space between the left post and Lundqvist’s left skate to put Dallas ahead 2-1 at 15:46.
At the other end, Staal wristed a shot from just inside the blue line that Hayes deflected in at 16:46 for his fifth goal.
NOTES: The NHL’s top goal scorers, Dallas’ Tyler Seguin (25) and the Rangers’ Rick Nash (23), were scoreless. . The Stars improved to 7-7-5 at home. … New York’s Derek Stepan failed to record a point for the first time in six games. … Dallas recalled D Jamie Oleksiak from Texas of the AHL.
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