NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Carolina|
(Tuesday, January 29th)
Final Score: Carolina 3, NY Rangers 1
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Cam Ward allowed a goal just over a minute into
the first period, but didn't allow another puck to get past him the rest of
the night as the Carolina Hurricanes started the season's second half with a
3-1 home win over the New York Rangers.
Ward made 34 saves on the night and shut out New York for the game's final 58
minutes and 58 seconds as the Hurricanes won for the third time in four games.
Sergei Samsonov, Rod Brind'Amour and Trevor Letowski all scored goals for
"The first goal got redirected; there wasn't much (Ward) could do on it and
after that, he was real strong and in charge of the game and his net," said
Carolina head coach Peter Laviolette. "That was exactly what we needed."
Brendan Shanahan broke an eight game pointless streak with New York's only
goal, and Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves as the Rangers saw their two-game
winning streak end. Scott Gomez and Jaromir Jagr each registered assists on
On a 4-on-3 power play just 62 seconds into the game, Gomez and
Jagr traded passes back-and-forth before Gomez slid a pass to Shanahan
in the slot for a one-timer that blew by Ward and put the Rangers ahead 1-0
Neither team broke through for the rest of an ugly and physical first period,
which saw three fights and a total of 68 penalty minutes doled out, including
a game misconduct for Tim Gleason of the Hurricanes.
"We talked about everything," Laviolette said. "Nobody has a crystal ball.
When asked about it before the game, I said 'we'll be ready, whatever way it
goes, and we'll be ready,' and they showed up and played hard in that first
Carolina tied the game up six minutes into the second period. After Fedor
Tyutin's missed shot ricocheted off the boards to Ray Whitney at center ice,
Whitney found himself alone on the right wing and sped into the Rangers zone
before finding a streaking Samsonov, who elevated a backhand shot past a
lunging Lundqvist for the equalizer.
Carolina took the lead just over two minutes later, when Martin Straka's
errant pass was intercepted by Brind'Amour in the neutral zone. Brind'Amour
cruised into the Rangers zone on a two-on-one rush, faked a pass that froze
Michal Rozsival, and slid the puck past Lundqvist to give the 'Canes a 2-1
"Second period, the pucks were a problem in not getting them in deep during
the long change," said Rangers head coach Tom Renney. "They caught a couple of
times with some tired people out there, took away our momentum, and there are
momentum swings in games."
After neither team scored for the rest of the second period, the Hurricanes
widened their gap to 3-1 just 3:40 into the third. Again following a Rangers
turnover, Letowski charged into the New York zone, took a pass from Chad
LaRose, fended off a check from Blair Betts and wristed a shot past a
sprawling Lundqvist for his fourth tally of the season.
With Lundqvist on the bench and two Hurricanes in the penalty box, Carolina
withstood a 6-on-3 Rangers advantage as time expired to preserve the 3-1
Gleason was ejected from the game on his 25th birthday...Wade Brookbank of the
Hurricanes and Colton Orr of the Rangers fought each other twice in the first
period...46 penalty minutes were handed out after an incident just 4:22 into
the game--stemming from a hit by Scott Walker on Gomez as Gomez was facing the
boards--including Gleason's game misconduct and 17 minutes worth of penalties
for Rangers forward Sean Avery...Carolina leads the season series 2-1.
01/29 22:41:18 ET