NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Carolina
(Wednesday, November 15th)
Final Score: Carolina 2, NY Rangers 1
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Rod Brind'Amour tallied the game-winning goal as the Carolina Hurricanes squeezed past the New York Rangers, 2-1, at the RBC Center.
Craig Adams also scored for the Hurricanes, who finished a four-game homestand with a 2-2 record coming off Monday's 7-4 loss against Buffalo.
Cam Ward allowed one goal on 24 shots in the victory.
Jaromir Jagr had the only goal for the Rangers, who dropped the contest following Tuesday's dramatic 3-2 victory over New Jersey.
Kevin Weekes, the former Carolina goaltender, stopped 22 shots in the loss. It was his first start in 10 days, as Weekes is playing in the backup role behind starting netminder Henrik Lundqvist.
The game winner came late in the third. New York won the draw in the defensive zone, but the puck went spiraling back behind the net where it was picked up by Justin Williams. Williams turned and dished to the wide open Brind'Amour, who sent a wrist shot past Weekes that deflected off the crossbar and into the net with 6:05 remaining. The goal was Brind'Amour's eighth of the year.
"He's playing great, said Hurricanes head coach Peter Laviolette, of Brind'Amour. "Offensively he's on top of his game, he's in great shape, you know, for having going through as long a year as we did. He came back in better shape than he did last year, if that is even possible. I think it shows up in his conditioning, the way he plays the game. He's been outstanding for us, night in and night out."
The Rangers had a number of chances to even the score in the game's final minutes, but a flurry of shots missed the net. Ward made a save on Matt Cullen with 1:47 remaining and then bailed out a collapsing defense on a spectacular stop with 35 ticks left to preserve the victory.
The game marked the return of Cullen and Aaron Ward to Carolina, a place where both players hoisted the Stanley Cup last season as members of the Hurricanes. The center and defenseman now skate for the Blueshirts while the rest of the championship team remains nearly intact.
Carolina got the ball rolling just 2:51 after the opening faceoff. After a shot by Chad Larose just inside the blue line, Anton Babchuk drove the net and Adams followed him in. Babchuk then pulled in the rebound from his own shot and dropped a quick pass to Adams, who tipped the puck by Weekes for the only goal of the first period.
Jagr's power-play goal tied the game with 3:58 remaining in the second. With Carolina's Glen Wesley off for hooking, the Rangers set up the man advantage with Jagr camped out in the middle of the left faceoff circle. The forward sent the puck down low to Brendan Shanahan, who promptly sent it back. Jagr finished the play by rifling a snap shot past Ward for the score.
The tally leaves Jagr one shy of 600 for his career. He had several chances to reach that milestone during the game, but his best chance was denied by Ward in the first period. The netminder made the right pad save as Jagr attempted to squeeze a shot just inside the left post.
Jagr's point was his 29th of the season, leaving him one shy of Atlanta's Marian Hossa for the NHL lead...Brind'Amour has four goals and four assists in his last six games...Shanahan has two goals and four assists in his last five games...The Hurricanes play in Washington on Friday..The Rangers will visit Pittsburgh on Saturday.
11/15 23:20:22 ET