NHL Game Summary - Carolina at NY Rangers
(Saturday, January 2nd)
Final Score: Carolina 2, NY Rangers 1 (OT)
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Ray Whitney's goal at the 3:45 mark of overtime gave the Carolina Hurricanes a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers in the back end of a home-and-home set from Madison Square Garden.
Tom Kostopoulos had the other goal while Cam Ward made 27 saves for the Hurricanes, who bounced back from a 2-1 loss at home against the Rangers on Thursday.
Marian Gaborik had the lone goal for New York while Henrik Lundqvist stopped 17 shots in the loss for the Rangers, who have dropped three of their last four.
"I thought we generated offense," said New York coach John Tortorella. "I thought some of our best chances we shot wide, let alone the four or five posts we hit. We have to start scoring goals."
In the extra session, Whitney had the puck at the left point and brought it down low. He dished the puck behind the net to Matt Cullen, who sent it back out front and Whitney snapped it past Lundqvist for the win.
"We finally got the puck in their zone which was a problem for us all night," said Whitney about the goal. "When I passed it to Matt behind the net I went out to net. I don't know if Henrik knew where it was."
The Hurricanes broke a scoreless tie in the final minute of the second. Patrick Dwyer had the disc in the deep left boards and sent it to the slot. Jiri Tlusty's shot hit off a Ranger in front, but the puck came right back to the slot and Kostopoulos' wrister found the back of the net with 46 seconds left in the frame.
The Rangers made it a 1-1 game 9:08 into the third. Brandon Dubinsky had the puck at the right boards and threw a shot on net, but it hit off of a Carolina player. However, the disc went to the front where Gaborik backhanded it past Ward for his 27th goal of the season.
The Rangers host Boston on Monday...Carolina plays in Nashville on Thursday...The Rangers have taken two of the three games with Carolina this season...Neither team scored on the power play with both sides having four chances.
01/02 18:54:14 ET