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NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Carolina

(Monday, December 21st)

Final Score: NY Rangers 3, Carolina 1

Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Brandon Dubinsky scored the game-winning goal early in the third period, as the New York Rangers scored three unanswered goals to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-1, at RBC Center.

Dubinsky and Marian Gaborik each had a goal and an assist for the Rangers, who have won three in a row following a five-game skid. Marc Staal also scored for New York, which got 32 saves from Henrik Lundqvist.

"We're growing. I think the grit of the team is improving in trying to keep it consistent. Not just in our own end zone but along the boards in the neutral zone to try to get into a fore check. It was a good game. It was a better game for us than the Philly game. I thought we played a better third period. We had a couple breakdowns and Hank (Henrik Lundqvist) stood tall. So as far as the battle and the grind of the game, I think we're improving there," New York head coach John Tortorella said.

Sergei Samsonov scored the lone goal for the Hurricanes, who have lost five of their last seven games. Cam Ward turned aside 28-of-30 shots in defeat.

With the score tied at 1-1, New York used a tic-tac-toe goal to go in front at the 1:21 mark of the third. Vinny Prospal slid a cross-ice pass from along the left boards, and Dubinsky completed the play after taking a final pass from Gaborik.

Staal scored an empty-net goal with 33 seconds remaining to make it 3-1. Lundqvist stopped all 13 shots he faced in the final 20 minutes.

After a scoreless first period, the Hurricanes got on the board just 46 seconds into the second. Brett Carson's slapper from the right point set up a rebound in front. Samsonov then gathered the disc and made his way around the net for a successful wraparound.

The Rangers tied things up just 28 seconds later. A shot from the right point took a weird bounce off the boards, which got Ward out of place. Gaborik controlled the puck in front and fired a shot into a mostly empty net.

"There were good chances at both ends and both teams needed tennis rackets, tonight around the net there were a lot of bodies and sticks swinging, it was a pretty physical game and fast game from the bench, it was one of the quickest games of the year," Carolina head coach Paul Maurice said. "We tried to handle it from our back end and made some mistakes moving the puck which kept us from getting going but, one going into third in that game, had a playoff feel to it, there was a lot of traffic on the ice; it wasn't easy to remain around the net."

Game Notes

The Rangers and Hurricanes were meeting for the first time this year. The teams split four matchups in 2008-09...Carolina defenseman Tim Gleason was back in the lineup after missing the last three games with concussion-like symptoms. However, Hurricanes defenseman Niclas Wallin missed his eighth consecutive game with an upper-body injury...The Rangers went 0-for-1 on the power play, while Carolina went 0-for-3 with the man advantage.

12/21 22:56:12 ET

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