RALEIGH, N.C. -- None of the Rangers' key producers scored in the loss at Carolina Tuesday night: Not new Ranger Martin St. Louis (five shots), who has 88 points in 77 games against Carolina. Not Rick Nash. Not Brad Richards. Not Mats Zuccarello, although his pass set up Kevin Klein's lone goal. Each had one shot.
Nor did Chris Kreider (one shot), who scored twice Sunday and had three goals in his previous five games. Derek Stepan's six-game point streak was snapped, and so was the four-game streak of Ryan McDonagh.
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"It just didn't happen for us," said St. Louis, who has 29 goals, but none as a Ranger. "There's no easy games in this league. I don't care where a team is at in the standings. Guys play hard, they have reasons to play for whether it's individual reasons or team reasons. You've got to earn it. We didn't earn it, and we got the result we deserved."
Dorsett makes his case
Derek Dorsett, who dressed for only the third time in six games after breaking his fibula blocking a shot on Jan. 3, hoped to make the case to stay in the lineup. After his injury, he was replaced by Dan Carcillo, who was acquired from the Kings.
"It's been difficult," Dorsett said. "I know I can play in this league, I know I can be successful in this league. I've done it before. All of a sudden, I'm almost fighting for my job again."
In 8:45, Dorsett was credited with six hits and two shots.
Between the pipes
Henrik Lundqvist, who was aiming to tie Mike Richter's franchise record for wins at 301, made 32 saves. "I felt like we just made it too easy for them to get in front and create the chances," he said. Backup Cam Talbot (11-5-0, 1.75 GAA, .935 save percentage) is expected to start either Thursday or Friday.