Detroit Red Wings continue to struggle, losing 5-1 at the New York Rangers for 12th loss in 13 games
By VIN A. CHERWOO
AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK — After a bad loss in their last game, the New York Rangers bounced back with a big win.
Tony DeAngelo had a goal and an assist in New York’s three-goal second period, Henrik Lundqvist stopped 35 shots during his first start in 10 days, and the Rangers beat the struggling Detroit Red Wings 5-1 Wednesday night.
New York was coming off a 6-2 defeat against an Ottawa team that had been winless on the road this season.
“We had to have a performance like this after what happened last game,” Lundqvist said. “You need to learn from our ups and downs and I think we did.”
Artemi Panarin and Ryan Strome also had a goal and an assist apiece, and Chris Kreider and Greg McKegg scored to help New York win for the fourth time in six games. Lundqvist, after sitting out the previous three games, made 24 saves over the final 28:06.
“It was really important (to get the win),” Panarin said through a translator. “We played more simple, with less mistakes.”
Valtteri Filppula scored and Jimmy Howard finished with 26 saves, but the Red Wings’ fourth straight loss dropped them to 1-11-1 in their last 13 games.
“It’s frustrating,” Dylan Larkin said. “It’s night after night. We try different things, different lineups. It was special teams tonight. Seems like it’s a different story every night. We can’t really seem to generate a full 60 minutes, full complete game.”
Trailing 3-1 in the second, the Red Wings picked up the pressure. They outshot the Rangers 15-3 over a 16 1/2-minute stretch, but couldn’t beat Lundqvist.
The Rangers’ goalie credited his team’s defensive effort in limiting Detroit’s bona fide scoring chances.