DALLAS (AP) -- Oh brother, the New York Rangers are on a roll.
Henrik Lundqvist, matched up against his twin brother, made a
career-high 43 saves for the Rangers and Matt Cullen and Karel
Rachunek scored two goals each, in New York's 5-2 victory over the
Dallas Stars on Thursday night.
"That's MVP goaltending, that's Stanley Cup goaltending,"
Rangers coach Tom Renney said. "He was all-everything."
New York committed too many penalties and allowed too many
shots, but they got an excellent performance from Lundqvist to
stretch their winning streak to a season-high five games.
And he might've had a little extra motivation seeing a family
member in an opposing jersey.
Lundqvist's brother Joel was in the Dallas lineup, making it the
third matchup of twins in NHL history. Rich and Ron Sutter were the
last set to meet up on March 14, 1994. Patrik and Peter Sundstrom
played against each other 18 times.
Joel Lundqvist was called up from Iowa of the AHL earlier
Thursday after Stars center Mike Modano was placed on injured
reserve (hip flextor/groin), retroactive to Dec. 4. Joel Lundqvist
played only 5:44 and didn't take a shot in his fifth NHL game -- all
"I never see players out there but I noticed every time he was
on the ice," Henrik said. "I was nervous every time he was out
there. Getting the chance to play against him in the NHL is a
Rachunek scored one short-handed goal and another tally on a
power play for the Rangers, who were outshot 45-20 and had to
defend Dallas' season-high 11 power plays.
"We spent too much time in the penalty box, so sometimes the
defense gets stretched," Renney said.
Fedor Tyutin added a short-handed, empty-net goal for the
Rangers with 1:03 remaining.
Cullen gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead 57 seconds into the second
period when his centering pass bounced off the leg of Stars rookie
goaltender Mike Smith and into the net. Smith made 15 saves in his
sixth NHL start.
Cullen made it 3-1 at 1:44 of the third period when his shot
from the slot got through Smith's pads, but Philippe Boucher
notched a power-play goal a minute later to pull the Stars within a
"Their goalie was excellent and (Smith) gave up two goals he'd
probably like to have back," Stars coach Dave Tippett said.
Rachunek's power-play one-timer with 4:03 left extended the
Rangers' lead to 4-2.
Sergei Zubov had a first-period, power-play goal for Dallas,
which lost for the third time in four games.
The Rangers couldn't stay out of the penalty box in the first
period, leading to five Stars power plays and Dallas' 16-4 edge in
Dallas broke through at 16:24 of the first period when Zubov
cashed in on a 5-on-3 advantage with a one-timer from between the
Less than a minute later, Dallas' Eric Lindros was checked into
the boards and his stick became lodged between panes of glass.
While Lindros tried in vain to work the stick loose, the Rangers
took off on a 2-on-1, short-handed break that Rachunek finished off
at 17:11 after a setup by Adam Hall.
The Stars continue to be frustrated over their inability to
finish around the net.
"We had plenty of shots and plenty power plays, but we don't
seem to be getting the timely goals we got at the start of the
season," Dallas captain Brenden Morrow said. "We outplayed them
for a while but we couldn't capitalize. It looks good on paper to
have 45 shots, but you've got to bear down in front of the net."
Rachunek scored his first two goals of the season and first
since March 25, 2004, finding the net on the Rangers' third shot.
... Modano missed his fifth straight game. The earliest he could
return is Saturday at Los Angeles. ... Henrik Lundqvist's previous
career high for saves was 38, twice last season as a rookie. ...
The Rangers won in Dallas for the first time since 1996. New York
had been winless in its five previous visits.