NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Carolina
(Thursday, January 8th)
Final Score: Carolina 3, NY Rangers 2
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Josef Vasicek scored twice during a three-goal second period, as the Carolina Hurricanes held on to defeat the New York Rangers, 3-2, at the RBC Center.
Vasicek scored for the first time since November 26, a span of 18 games, as the Hurricanes won their second straight following a three-game losing streak.
Carolina center Ron Francis added an assist to move into sole possession of fourth place on the NHL's all-time scoring list with 1,772 points, passing Marcel Dionne.
Eric Lindros and Alexei Kovalev scored for the Rangers, who lost their second straight game and third in four tries. Mike Dunham denied just 20-of-23 shot attempts in the losing effort.
Kevin Weekes stopped 21 shots for Carolina, which had scored just 15 goals in its last 12 games prior to this contest.
But the Hurricanes exploded for three unanswered goals in the second period to turn a 1-0 deficit into a two-goal Carolina lead. Kevyn Adams evened the score at 2:44 of the middle period with a beautiful backhand shot into the upper left-hand corner of the net. He won the puck along the right boards and skated to the circle before unleashing a wicked backhander for his fifth goal of the season.
Vasicek scored his first of the contest midway through the second period to put the Hurricanes ahead for good. Rod Brind'Amour had the puck behind the net for Carolina and attempted to feed Vasicek in the high slot. The pass was deflected by a Ranger defenseman but still trickled to the young sniper, who fired a slap shot that again deflected off a defender's stick but still found its way to the target.
Francis assisted on Vasicek's second goal to pass Dionne. Francis' shot was denied and Vasicek, stationed at the right post, slipped the puck under Dunham at 11:58 of the second period to make it 3-1.
Vasicek came within inches of recording a natural hat trick, but his shot late in the second period clanked off the right post.
Kovalev drew the Rangers within one goal just 1:42 into the third period when he put home a long rebound for his first power play goal of the season. But the Hurricanes' stingy defense limited New York's scoring chances throughout the remainder of the contest to post the victory.
Lindros scored the only goal of the first period on a power play. Anson Carter's slap shot from the point deflected off the stick of a defender and over the net. The puck caromed off the boards and onto the stick of Mark Messier at the right post. Messier's attempt was denied and trickled across the creese, where Lindros slammed the puck home for a 1-0 New York lead with 4:02 left in the stanza.
Vasicek leads the Hurricanes with 11 goals this season...This was the finale of a seven-game homestand for Carolina (4-3)...Carter assisted on both of New York's goals...Lindros tallied just his seventh goal of the season...Rangers defenseman Greg DeVries left the game in the second period due to a knee injury...Carolina defenseman Danny Markov left the game in the third period with a shoulder injury.
01/08 22:00:44 ET