Final Score: Carolina 3, NY Rangers 1
Raleigh, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Jordan Staal and Jiri Tlusty each posted a
goal and an assist to help the Carolina Hurricanes take a 3-1 victory over the
New York Rangers.
Elias Lindholm scored the other goal while Cam Ward made 24 saves for the
Hurricanes, who had dropped six of seven coming into the contest.
"The big word on sports teams is chemistry. For us to move forward here from
now to the end, your best players have to come up big. He's one of the leaders
of this team," said Carolina head coach Kirk Muller about Ward. "I think he
wanted it. He's looked more comfortable in the last three or four days."
Kevin Klein scored the only goal for the Rangers, who had won their previous
two coming in. Henrik Lundqvist gave up all three goals on 35 shots in the
"We gave away two points because we didn't work," said New York head coach
Alain Vigneault. "Right from the start our work ethic wasn't what it should be
in any game in this league if you want to win. We'll deal with it tomorrow and
go from there."
With the score tied in the second, Carolina went on top as Staal fought for
the puck at the right boards and fired it over to the left circle for a wide
open Tlusty, who sent it back to the right where Staal shot it home for a 2-1
lead with 1:42 to play in the second.
The Hurricanes put the game away with 5:29 to play in the third after Jeff
Skinner's shot from the low right circle was stopped and Lindholm was in front
to backhand home the rebound.
Carolina drew first blood just 33 seconds into the second period when Staal
sent a short pass from the low left circle to the front and Tlusty one-timed
New York, though, answered four minutes later after Mats Zuccarello sent a
centering pass from behind the net and Klein wristed it in for his second of
Lundqvist turned away 13 shots in the first frame while Ward needed to make
just five stops to keep the game scoreless.
Carolina hosts Buffalo on Thursday ... New York plays in Minnesota on Thursday
... The Rangers had won 10 straight over the Hurricanes, including two
previous matchups this season ... Neither team scored on the power play as
Carolina had four chances and New York three.
03/12 01:58:22 ET
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