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Streaking Stars end Rangers’ run at eight games

New York Rangers v Dallas Stars

DALLAS, TX - DECEMBER 29: Shawn Horcoff #10 of the Dallas Stars, Colton Sceviour #22 of the Dallas Stars, and Erik Cole #72 of the Dallas Stars celebrate after scoring against the New York Rangers in the first period at American Airlines Center on December 29, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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It took a Dallas Stars team that’s just about as hot as the New York Rangers to finally end the Blueshirts’ impressive run at eight straight wins. Dallas won by a slim margin, edging the Rangers 3-2 on Monday.

With this win, the Stars have now won six of their seven games, with Dallas’ only blemish being a 4-0 home loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

If anything, the Stars might look to their opponents as inspiration to keep this going; the Rangers were 7-7-4 on Nov. 17 but have since gone 12-4-0 to improve to 19-11-4. Dallas is 16-14-5, so again ... they have a long way to go.

The win must be a confidence-booster for Kari Lehtonen in particular, as he didn’t give up a goal since Kevin Hayes found the net 16:46 into the first period. Antoine Roussel’s 3-2 winner came less than a minute into the middle frame, so Lehtonen didn’t have a significant margin for error.

Neither team is out of the woods yet by any means - the Stars dug themselves a big hole while the Rangers face a lot of road games - but both are playing closer to the form they showed during their best moments last season.

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