If only he could've counted on his defensemen's passing skills.
The New York Rangers converted third-period turnovers by defensemen
"It was a tough one to give, with us pushing to get the tying goal. ... that is pretty frustrating, but that was pretty much the story of the game – that our execution level wasn't very high," Beauchemin said of a miscue that followed his goal more than four minutes earlier.
Forward Mats Zuccarello took the turnover and squeezed a shot between Bryzgalov's left shoulder and the post for a 3-1 lead with 5 minutes 33 seconds remaining in the third period.
"Our guys played well, sometimes the puck flips over a stick or bounces wrong and forwards put on good pressure," Bryzgalov said after a 26-save showing. "It's a game. I know what I'm capable of. Today's game was much better than the last one. Next, I hope, will be better. And better. And better."
The Ducks need that after they watched veteran goalie
The Rangers rode a 24-save effort from their goalie, Henrik Lundqvist.
Anaheim was out-matched by the goaltender nicknamed "King," but the Ducks took solace in Bryzgalov's showing.
"He definitely wasn't the reason that we ended up losing the game," Coach Bruce Boudreau said.
Nearly three weeks after the in-season, free-agent pickup debuted for the Ducks and was overwhelmed in a 6-2 loss at Ottawa on Dec. 19, Bryzgalov kept New York scoreless until midway through the second period when forward
Further deflating to the Ducks was an early third-period goal by New York's leading scorer,
Klein had gathered a Vatanen turnover.
"Bad play for me, I can never put the puck in the middle like that; game-winning goal," Vatanen said. "I thought [Bryzgalov] played a pretty good game."
Lundqvist appeared on his way to his sixth shutout of the season until the Rangers committed consecutive penalties, a
Lundqvist has won 11 of 12 starts.
The mystery was how Bryzgalov would do after being left on the bench since his Dec. 19 debacle of a season debut in Ottawa, when he gave up six goals in a loss.
Bryzgalov said he spent the time conditioning, listening diligently to the lessons of goalie coach Dwayne Roloson and returning to shape after admitting he wasn't ready for the earlier hurried return.
Making his first home start in Anaheim since Nov. 7, 2007, Bryzgalov stopped 11 first-period shots.