The New York Rangers got off to a slow start defensively on Monday night and it led them losing to the Anaheim Ducks 2-1.

Ducks' goaltender Frederik Andersen made 32 saves and improved his record to 4-0 on the season.  He has only allowed five goals in his four starts this season as the backup netminder for Anaheim.

The Rangers made critical defensive mistakes in the first period that led to goals from Corey Perry and Kyle Palmieri, the only offense the Ducks would need.

Michael Del Zotto scored his first of the year with under two minutes to play in the second period on assists from Carl Hagelin and returning Captain Ryan Callahan.

The Rangers had several good scoring chances late in the game but could never get goalie Henrik Lundqvist pulled for an extended period of time due to the Blueshirts taking penalties late in the contest.  The Rangers found themselves down two men to end the game.

The Rangers fall to 6-8 on the season and now set their sights on the tough Pittsburgh Penguins Wednesday night at MSG.

[Associated Press]