Henrik Lundqvist had a career night between the pipes for the New York Rangers, and Rick Nash finally got on the board, in a 3-2 defeat of the Dallas Stars on Thursday night.

Lundqvist was nothing short of amazing in the first period, stopping a career-best 23 shots and not allowing one of those shots to get past him.  The Rangers, who have been great defensively as of late, seemed sluggish out of the gate and Lundqvist was forced to make several great saves.

Rick Nash, two games back from recovering from a concussion, scored his first goal of the year 6:27 into the first period on the powerplay.

The Stars were able to knot the game at one off the stick of Stephane Robidas just under nine minutes into the second period.

In the third, Chris Keider and John Moore scored 37 seconds apart in the first two minutes of the third for the 3-1 lead.  Rick Nash has the chance to make it three goals in two minutes when he was awarded a penalty shot after being hauled down on a breakaway, but Stars' goalie Kari Lehtonen denied him.

Lundqvist's 41 saves on the night is a season high for the veteran goaltender who ups his record to 7-9-0 on the year.

The Rangers, with the win, are back to .500 at 11-11-0.  They now head to Nashville to take on the Predators in a Saturday night match-up.

[AP]