New York at Dallas

Stars embarrass Rangers with 10 goals

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DALLAS -- The Dallas Stars saw their season-high five-game winning streak end in Colorado. A day later, they took it out their frustrations on the New York Rangers by scoring their most goals since the franchise moved from Minnesota in 1993.

Mike Ribeiro and James Neal each scored twice to help the Stars rout the stumbling Rangers 10-2 on Friday.

The Stars, coming off a 3-2 loss to the Avalanche on Thursday night, grabbed a 3-1 first-period lead behind a 17-8 shots advantage and never let up. Dallas is 10-1-1 in its last 12 at home.

Brian Sutherby, Brad Richards, Jere Lehtinen, Fabian Brunnstrom, Steve Ott and Darryl Sydor also scored for the Stars, 9-3-2 in their last 14 games.

"We got mad at the way we played last night," Sydor said. "We didn't have it. We got away from our system. Tonight our scorers scored and even our checkers scored."

The Stars' franchise hadn't reached double-digit goals since Nov. 28, 1992, when the Minnesota North Stars beat San Jose 10-3. The North Stars set the franchise record in a 15-2 victory over Winnipeg on Nov. 11, 1981.

Nikolai Zherdev had both goals for the Rangers, 0-3-1 in their last four games. The Rangers have scored two goals or fewer in 11 of their last 18 games.

The Rangers hadn't allowed double-figure goals since a 10-4 loss to Pittsburgh on April 9, 1993.

"This is a big loss, there's no question about that," Rangers coach Tom Renney said. "But you know what, 3-2 or 10-2, a loss is a loss. The one thing we can't do is hide behind a low-scoring game. This time around, we got pounded."

The Rangers opened the scoring at 3:35 of the opening period when Zherdev banked a shot off the back of goalie Marty Turco's pads on a wraparound.

Dallas needed only 35 seconds to tie when a poor Rangers clearance caromed off the end boards to Sutherby, who capitalized from in front of the net.

The Stars took a 2-1 lead at 14:24 of the first period, with Ribeiro knocking a power-play rebound past Steve Valiquette.

Dallas made it 3-1 with 1:02 left in the opening period when Richards' centering pass went in off Rangers defenseman Erik Reitz.

Zherdev pulled the Rangers to 3-2 on the power play at 3:15 of the second period, again banking the puck off Turco's pads.

Ribeiro extended Dallas' lead to 4-2 with 1:45 left in the second period, notching his 13th of the season from low in the right circle. That proved to be the knockout blow for the Stars.

"We didn't show up last night," Ribeiro said. "It's good to see when you have a bad game that you can bounce back. Everybody chipped in and it was a team effort. It's good for everyone's confidence."

Neal had a two-goal third period, with Lehtinen, Brunnstrom, Ott and Sydor also scoring in the final period.

"You can't be more disappointed than what happened tonight," Renney said.

With the clock winding down, the Stars had what amounted to target practice on Valiquette, scoring on six of nine shots in the final period.

Asked if the Rangers had hit rock-bottom, New York's Scott Gomez said, "No one's giving up and no one's saying it's rock bottom. Embarrassed is a strong word but that's where we are."


Notes

  • Gomez was benched in the third period.
  • Valiquette started in place of Henrik Lundqvist, bothered by the flu. Lundqvist was active for the fourth time in a game against his identical twin brother, Joel, a Stars winger.
  • The Rangers were playing in Dallas for the first time since Dec. 14, 2006, a 5-2 New York victory. The Stars beat the Rangers 2-1 in their last meeting on Oct. 20, 2008, at Madison Square Garden.
  • Ott and Lehtinen extended their career-best points streaks to seven games.
  • U.S. Olympic gymnastics gold medalist Nastia Liukin, who lives in the Dallas suburbs, dropped the puck for the ceremonial opening faceoff.
  • Brunnstrom returned after missing 16 games with the flu and a groin injury.
  • Rangers D Paul Mara was out with the flu. He was replaced by rookie Corey Potter.
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The Rangers have no answers and Steve Valiquette is peppered for all 10 goals. (Getty Images)
The Rangers have no answers and Steve Valiquette is peppered for all 10 goals. (Getty Images)

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Scoreboard
NY Rangers (29-19-5)1102
Dallas  (25-19-7) «31610
Three Stars
M. Ribeiro
DAL


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 2
S. Ott
DAL


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
J. Lehtinen
DAL


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
03:35Nikolai Zherdev (14), Wrap Shot. Assist: Drury, Dubinsky
04:10Brian Sutherby (5), Backhand Shot, Unassisted.
14:24Power Play - Mike Ribeiro (12), Wrist Shot. Assist: Ott, Lehtinen
18:58Brad Richards (14), Tip-In. Assist: Niskanen
2ND PERIOD
03:05Power Play - Nikolai Zherdev (15), Wrist Shot. Assist: Rozsival, Drury
18:15Mike Ribeiro (13), Wrist Shot. Assist: Ott
3RD PERIOD
04:15Jere Lehtinen (6), Wrist Shot. Assist: Ribeiro
10:46Fabian Brunnstrom (11), Snap Shot. Assist: Modano, Hutchinson
11:25Power Play - Steve Ott (10), Snap Shot. Assist: Lehtinen, Ribeiro
11:56Darryl Sydor (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Modano, Brunnstrom
15:59Power Play - James Neal (17), Wrist Shot. Assist: Sydor, Niskanen
17:06Power Play - James Neal (18), Wrist Shot. Assist: Brunnstrom, Niskanen
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
12:23Rozsival, 2 min, Hooking
13:15Redden, 2 min, Delay of Game
16:28Zherdev, 2 min, Slashing
2ND PERIOD
02:17Modano, 2 min, Slashing
05:31Richards, 2 min, Tripping
14:41Ribeiro, 2 min, Slashing
14:56Grossman, 2 min, Cross-Checking
19:38Reitz, 2 min, Interference
3RD PERIOD
05:44Sjostrom, 2 min, Holding
10:46Orr, 2 min, Cross-Checking
14:25Orr, 2 min, Roughing
14:25Orr, 2 min, Roughing
14:25Orr, 10 min, Misconduct
14:25Ott, 2 min, Roughing
14:45Daley, 2 min, Hooking
15:35Dubinsky, 2 min, Holding
15:35Dubinsky, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
Shots On Goal
 123T
New York88622
Dallas1713939
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Steve Valiquette60:002910
Marty Turco59:39202
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
NY Rangers1-for-4
Dallas4-for-9
Game Information
Attendance - 18532
Referees - Dave Jackson, Brian Pochmara
Linesmen - Mike Cvik, Vaughan Rody
 
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