Both teams opened Friday, with New York (0-0-1) blowing a third-period lead in a 3-2 overtime defeat to Los Angeles in Stockholm. The Rangers took a 2-1 lead on Marian Gaborik’s(notes) goal past the midway point of the third period before the Kings scored a tying goal with 4:59 left in regulation and added the winner on the power play with 52 seconds remaining in overtime.
“It is really frustrating to lose this game,” Lundqvist said. “It felt like we had it under control at 2-1, but this was a tough way to end it.”
Anaheim (0-1-0) will make the trip to Sweden after a 4-1 loss to Buffalo in Helsinki. The Ducks conceded two power-play goals and went 0 for 5 when they had the man advantage.
“They were two for three with their special teams, and we were zero to four,” coach Randy Carlyle said. “We played more as individuals in parts of the game versus a team.”
The Ducks’ Finnish stars - Teemu Selanne(notes) and Saku Koivu(notes) - failed to produce a point. They will likely be seen as the enemy in Sweden against Lundqvist, who seemed to have the full support of a sold-out crowd in Friday’s opener.
“We always talk about it, you can’t take penalties in overtime because it’s tough having only three guys out there,” Lundqvist said. “It can cost you, and it did here.”
“We beat ourselves,” coach John Tortorella said. “Our first period was brutal, but in the second and third periods we played the game we needed to play. But (the penalties) smacked us right in the face. We take a stupid one late in the third, kill it, and then take another stupid one in overtime.”
“We did not do a very good job of transferring the puck from our defense to the forwards, and had to spend the first half of the game too much in our own end,” Carlyle said.
The Ducks beat the Rangers 5-2 in last season’s lone meeting March 9 to end a three-game slide in the series. Corey Perry(notes) and defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky(notes) each scored twice and Bobby Ryan(notes) added a goal and three assists.
Anaheim is designated as Saturday’s home team.