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March 21, 2019

Henrik Lundqvist pulled again as Rangers get crushed by Coyotes

January 7, 2019

Rookie Conor Garland scored twice, Darcy Kuemper made 23 saves for his first shutout of the season and 12th overall and the Arizona Coyotes beat the Rangers 5-0 on Sunday to end a three-game losing streak.

Alex Galchenyuk had a goal and two assists, and Mario Kempe and Clayton Keller also scored to help give coach Rick Tocchet his 100th NHL victory. The Coyotes won for the second time in their last nine home games.

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Galchenyuk has 10 points in his last eight games, and Garland has three goals in his last two games and five in his last seven. Garland was recalled from Tucson of the American Hockey League early last month.

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 27 of 32 shots before being replaced by Alexandar Georgiev with 3:22 left in the second period. Lundqvist also was pulled in his last start, a 7-2 loss to Pittsburgh, on Wednesday night.

Coyotes’ Ilya Lyubushkin is checked off the puck by Mika Zibanejad. (Ralph Freso / AP)

The Rangers have been outscored 18-3 while losing three straight games and have lost six of eight and nine of 12. They were shut out for the third time this season.

Garland opened the scoring at 7:19 of the first period on a power play, tipping in Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s shot from the blue line. The Rangers have given up four power-plays goals in the last two games — three in a 6-1 loss at Colorado on Friday night.

Kempe made it 2-0 exactly two minutes later when the Rangers could not clear a bouncing puck near the left circle. Kempe fired a wrist shot that beat Lundqvist high to the blocker side.

Garland struck again at 6:34 of the second. His shot from the slot deflected off Kevin Shattenkirk’s stick and fluttered past Lundqvist. Galchenyuk’s poke check at his own blue line started the rush.

Keller and Galchenyuk added goals in the period, with Keller’s shot through the five-hole sending Lundqvist to the bench.

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