The good news for the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night is that they picked up a point at Madison Square Garden. The downside is that they lost 2-1 to the New York Rangers in a shootout, the fourth straight loss for the Ducks and seventh defeat in their last eight games.
Jonas Hiller saved 25 of 26 shots in regulation and overtime in defeat. Hiller allowed a pair of backhand goals in the shootout, to Erik Christensen and Marian Gaborik. Teemu Selanne was the only Duck to score in the shootout. Corey Perry missed right and Bobby Ryan was denied by a stick save by Henrik Lundqvist to end the contest.
Jeff Woywitka opened the scoring for the Rangers with a goal at 17:32 of the first period. The Ducks answered with a Ryan goal at 18:18 of the second period, his fifth goal of the season. The Ducks are averaging just 2.08 goals per game this season.
Anaheim (5-5-3) has just one game left before the sweet, merciful end to their seven-game, 13-day road trip, a Saturday game at Joe Louis Arena against the Detroit Red Wings.
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