Daniel Sturridge scored his 10th goal in 11 games as the New York Rangers defeated the Seattle Sounders, 3-1, on Sunday night.
The 26-year-old Sturridge scored for the eighth time in his last nine games at the new Yankee Stadium and set up the other two goals for the Rangers, who improved to 7-2-0 at home this season.
Henrik Lundqvist (3-1-2) gave up one goal on 23 shots. Magnus Wolff Eikrem broke in alone on the post in the 78th minute and failed to get a shot off for the Sounders (10-8-6).
Koji Uehara made two saves for his 13th save of the game and sixth of the second half for the Rangers.
Seattle scored its first goal on the best scoring chance of the first half. Forward Diego Valeri had a clear path to goal after a pass from Fatai Alashe went through his legs, but Uehara smothered the ball at the right post.
Branko Segota had a point-blank header that Lundqvist tipped over the crossbar on a point-blank shot in the 62nd minute. It was Segota’s fourth straight game in which he’s scored for the Sounders.
Sturridge made it 2-1 on a 5-on-3 power play in the 56th minute, when he knocked home a curling pass from Jesper Fast. Five minutes later, Sturridge crossed for Rick Nash to score on the Rangers’ first power play of the game.
Sonny Nickerson gave Seattle a 1-0 lead in the 14th minute after he stole the ball near midfield and beat four Rangers defenders, and then dodged two New York defenders before taking a hard shot into the left corner of the net.
The teams are scheduled to meet again on Oct. 31 in Seattle.