NEW YORK -- Anaheim’s five-game, nine-day road trip got off to a rough start Sunday night, as the club yielded a season-high seven goals in a 7-2 defeat to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Frederik Andersen was pulled after giving up three goals in the first 7:31 of the opening period, and John Gibson gave up four in a loss that snapped Anaheim’s four-game winning streak.
Corey Perry scored his 30th and 31st goals for the Ducks, who remain at 99 points (46-21-7), tied with the Rangers and Montreal Canadiens.
Rangers center Derek Stepan had two goals and an assist and defenseman Keith Yandle had three assists to lead the Rangers to their seventh win in eight games. Stepan had no points in his previous 12 games and no goals in 14 in a row. Yandle had one point, a goal, in his first nine games since he was traded to New York from the Arizona Coyotes on March 1.
In addition, left wing Chris Kreider scored his first goal in nine games, left wing Carl Hagelin scored his second in the past 14 games, center Derick Brassard had his first goal in seven games, right wing Rick Nash had his first point in six games, and defenseman Ryan McDonagh had his first point in seven games.
Forwards J.T. Miller and Jesper Fast each scored his second goal in as many games.
Rangers goalie Cam Talbot made 36 saves. He is 15-3-3 since replacing Henrik Lundqvist (vascular injury) as the No. 1 goalie on Feb. 4.
The Ducks (46-21-7) lost for the first time in five games. They came into the game with the opportunity to become the first team in the NHL to reach 100 points this season.
The Rangers, Ducks and Montreal Canadiens each have 99 points, but the Rangers have the edge in the standings because they've played the fewest games (70); they also have the most regulation/overtime wins (42). New York has two games in hand on Montreal and three on Anaheim.
Perry was robbed on his bid for the hat trick at 12:03 of the third, when Talbot made a glove save on his point-blank shot from the top of the crease.
It's the fifth time in Perry's career that he has scored 30 or more goals in a season; he has done it in each of the past four full seasons.
Stepan and Miller scored in the second period to extend the Rangers lead to 5-2. Fast scored at 6:12 of the third period, and Brassard made it 7-2 at 8:17.
Kreider opened the scoring by setting a new career high in goals with 18. He got inside position on Anaheim defenseman Cam Fowler and scored by sweeping in the loose puck in the crease at 1:24 of the first period. McDonagh had put the puck on net from the left point.
Perry answered with a high shot past Talbot from the left circle 86 seconds later.
The Rangers responded with goals from Stepan on the power play at 5:43 and Hagelin on a deflection of Hayes' shot at 10:16.
Stepan's power-play goal was the Rangers' first goal on the power play in eight games. They were 0-for-18 in their previous seven games.
Hagelin's goal spelled the end of the night for Andersen, who was making his second consecutive start after sitting out four games in a row.
Perry cut the deficit to one goal at 11:12 of the first period. He got around McDonagh, then lost the puck in between the hash marks but regained it in time to beat Talbot with a shot underneath the goalie's right arm.
Anaheim outshot New York 17-11 in the first period. The Ducks were limited to six shots on goal in the second period.
The Ducks' five-game road trip continues Tuesday against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.