Jaroslav Halak still searching for first Rangers win despite promising showing

After Dominik Kubalik scored a power-play goal 2:43 into overtime, Rangers goalie Jaroslav Halak hammered his stick against the goal post multiple times until pieces of it fell to the ice.

The frustration has undoubtedly been building for Halak, who has yet to record a win in a red, white and a blue jersey after he dropped to 0-3-1 on the season despite a 33-save performance in Sunday’s 3-2 overtime loss to Detroit at Madison Square Garden.

“We didn’t get a win, so no,” Halak said when asked if he felt this was his most complete game of the season. “It’s about winning and we lost the game again. It’s nice to get one point, but we want the extra one so.”

Halak stood tall for the Rangers in an otherwise dull game, which saw the 37-year-old make eight saves in the third period to help force overtime.

During a strong first period as the Rangers built a 2-0 lead, Halak made a handful of key saves to keep Detroit off the board — particularly on the penalty kill. When Jacob Trouba was in the penalty box for holding just over five minutes in the game, the Slovakian netminder gloved down a one-timer from Detroit captain Dylan Larkin and denied Kubalik at the post.

Halak later robbed Lucas Raymond on the doorstep in what appeared to be a sure-thing goal while the Rangers were killing off Filip Chytil’s hooking penalty at 17:30 of the period.

It all fell apart for the Rangers in a lackadaisical second period, which saw Detroit bulldoze its way back into the game with two early goa