DALLAS (AP) — Martin Hanzal was happy to be back and the Dallas Stars were glad to have him on the ice.
The veteran center returned from injured reserve and scored the game-winning goal as the Stars beat the slumping New York Rangers 2-1 on Monday night.
On the power play, Hanzal skated across the goalmouth and tipped in Julius Honka’s shot from the right point to break a 1-all tie 4:05 into the third period. Hanzal has missed 20 games this season, including the previous five because of a strained muscle in his lower body.
“I felt OK,” he said. “It’s hard to get in game tempo. It took me a couple shifts but after that I felt pretty good.”
Tyler Seguin tied the game with a second-period goal for Dallas. He said the 6-foot-5 Hanzal gives the team a different dimension.
“He’s huge. The goalie can’t see anything, and he tips the puck and he gets a…