NEW YORK – The Anaheim Ducks took nothing for granted on the last day of their longest road trip of the season.
They didn’t sit back and put the New York Rangers into an early hole they never got out of.
Frederik Andersen made 32 saves to stay perfect in four NHL games, and Corey Perry and Kyle Palmieri scored first-period goals to lead the Ducks to a 2-1 victory over the Rangers on Monday night.
“To play in Madison Square Garden is something special. I love New York,” Andersen said. “There are so many great things to do here, and I guess another one is to win a hockey game.”
The Ducks finished a season-high, eight-game road trip 5-2-1 — including 5-0-1 in the final six games. Perry and Palmieri staked Anaheim to a 2-0 lead just 9:09 in, and the 24-year-old Andersen did the rest.
“He was huge, kept us in it all night,” Palmieri said. “We were able to get those two goals, and he made it stand up. He’s been awesome. Tonight was no different.”
In four NHL games, all this season, Andersen is 4-0. He has allowed a total of five goals, and only defenseman Michael Del Zotto got a puck past him.
“We dug deep for this one,” Perry said. “Last one on a road trip is always the toughest one, and we earned it. We’re ready to get home.”
Ryan McDonagh pressed for the tying goal with 6:00 remaining in the game, and was twice denied on hard shots. Benoit Pouliot then had an in-close backhander stopped with 5:17 left, but drew a penalty.
The Rangers received their third power play with 3:26 remaining, but that advantage was cut short when Pouliot took New York’s first penalty of the game. Another came moments later for too many men on the ice.
That killed any chance of a comeback.
“Sometimes goalies have to come through,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. “We started playing like we didn’t want to lose instead of going after them, which I think we did for most of the third period. That’s when you need your goalie to come up big.”
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 23 shots for the Rangers, who had a three-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 2-1 on a homestand that ends Wednesday against Pittsburgh.
“It was definitely not the way we wanted to start off this game,” Lundqvist said. “They showed why they are a good team. They make you pay when things like that happen early.
“We could’ve easily had at least a point today.”
Jets 4, Red Wings 2
In Winnipeg, Matt Halishuck scored the winner with his first goal with the Jets and the hosts snapped a three-game losing streak with a win over Detroit.
Bryan Little, Michael Frolik and Andrew Ladd also scored for Winnipeg (6-8-2).
Henrik Zetterberg notched his eighth of the season for the Red Wings (9-5-2), and Danny DeKeyser scored his first NHL career goal.