NHL Game Summary - Carolina at NY Rangers
(Tuesday, November 21st)
Final Score: NY Rangers 4, Carolina 0
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Jaromir Jagr scored two goals and became the NHL's all-time European-born goal-scoring leader while Henrik Lundqvist made 34 saves for his third career shutout, as the New York Rangers blanked the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-0, at Madison Square Garden.
Jagr, who passed former Ranger Jari Kurri, now sits alone in 15th place on the all-time list with 602 career goals. Brendan Shanahan scored his NHL-leading 17th goal of the season for the Rangers, who have won two straight following a two-game skid. Marcel Hossa also scored in the victory.
"It's huge," said Jagr of the record. "Kurri was a guy that everyone looked up to from Europe. He was our idol. Everyone wanted to be like Jari Kurri. It's an honor for me. He had a great hockey career in the NHL."
Cam Ward allowed four goals on 27 shots for the Hurricanes, who saw their three-game winning streak halted.
The Rangers completely dominated the game and took control early in the opening period when Hossa scored his first goal of the season on a great deflection. Fedor Tyutin held the puck at the left point and fired a wrist shot that was headed wide of the net. But Hossa, stationed at the left post, alertly positioned his stick in the perfect spot and redirected it past Ward at 3:39.
In the latter stages of the first period, in which the Rangers outshot Carolina 14-12, Shanahan gave New York a two-goal edge. After Matt Cullen attempted a wraparound at the right post that was saved by Ward, the puck caromed onto the stick of Martin Straka behind the net. Straka skated out to the right side and slid a backhand pass into the goal mouth, where Shanahan's quick snap shot lit the lamp with 4:44 remaining in the frame.
The Rangers nearly made it 3-0 under four minutes into the middle session when Shanahan and Jagr somehow ended up on a 2-on-0 rush while on the power play. Shanahan was on the right side and faked a shot before he passed to Jagr, whose wrist shot sailed over the net.
However, at the 13:36 mark of the second, Jagr made amends for his missed opportunity when he sent one of his patented wrist shots past Ward. Michael Nylander skated over the blue line with the puck and left it for Jagr atop the left circle. Jagr maneuvered around two defenders and beat Ward with a low wrister from inside the circle near the faceoff dot.
"If you are patient enough, you will have scoring chances," Jagr said.
The lone goal of the final stanza officially moved Jagr passed Kurri. His 602nd career marker was scored via a dazzling deflection 3:11 into the period. Following a flurry of Ranger shots that had Ward scrambling to stay upright, New York's Aaron Ward fired a wrist shot from above the right circle. Jagr, from the low slot, redirected the disc in midair and Ward was fooled as the puck bounced into the back of the cage to cap the scoring.
Although the Hurricanes produced 12 shots on goal in the first period and 11 in both the second and third frames, they never seriously threatened Lundqvist, who faced four Carolina power plays.
"We needed to play a bit quicker," said Carolina head coach Peter Laviolette. "I thought we were a little bit lazy tonight."
Carolina travels to Uniondale on Wednesday to face the Islanders...Shanahan extended his point streak to eight games...The Rangers snapped a three-game skid against the Canes...New York finished scoreless on three chances with the extra skater...Nylander notched two assists...Attendance was 18,200.
11/22 01:44:36 ET