NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Carolina
(Tuesday, January 29th)
Final Score: Carolina 3, NY Rangers 1
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Cam Ward allowed a goal just over a minute into the first period, but didn't allow another puck to get past him the rest of the night as the Carolina Hurricanes started the season's second half with a 3-1 home win over the New York Rangers.
Ward made 34 saves on the night and shut out New York for the game's final 58 minutes and 58 seconds as the Hurricanes won for the third time in four games. Sergei Samsonov, Rod Brind'Amour and Trevor Letowski all scored goals for Carolina.
"The first goal got redirected; there wasn't much (Ward) could do on it and after that, he was real strong and in charge of the game and his net," said Carolina head coach Peter Laviolette. "That was exactly what we needed."
Brendan Shanahan broke an eight game pointless streak with New York's only goal, and Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves as the Rangers saw their two-game winning streak end. Scott Gomez and Jaromir Jagr each registered assists on Shanahan's goal.
On a 4-on-3 power play just 62 seconds into the game, Gomez and Jagr traded passes back-and-forth before Gomez slid a pass to Shanahan in the slot for a one-timer that blew by Ward and put the Rangers ahead 1-0 early.
Neither team broke through for the rest of an ugly and physical first period, which saw three fights and a total of 68 penalty minutes doled out, including a game misconduct for Tim Gleason of the Hurricanes.
"We talked about everything," Laviolette said. "Nobody has a crystal ball. When asked about it before the game, I said 'we'll be ready, whatever way it goes, and we'll be ready,' and they showed up and played hard in that first period"
Carolina tied the game up six minutes into the second period. After Fedor Tyutin's missed shot ricocheted off the boards to Ray Whitney at center ice, Whitney found himself alone on the right wing and sped into the Rangers zone before finding a streaking Samsonov, who elevated a backhand shot past a lunging Lundqvist for the equalizer.
Carolina took the lead just over two minutes later, when Martin Straka's errant pass was intercepted by Brind'Amour in the neutral zone. Brind'Amour cruised into the Rangers zone on a two-on-one rush, faked a pass that froze Michal Rozsival, and slid the puck past Lundqvist to give the 'Canes a 2-1 lead.
"Second period, the pucks were a problem in not getting them in deep during the long change," said Rangers head coach Tom Renney. "They caught a couple of times with some tired people out there, took away our momentum, and there are momentum swings in games."
After neither team scored for the rest of the second period, the Hurricanes widened their gap to 3-1 just 3:40 into the third. Again following a Rangers turnover, Letowski charged into the New York zone, took a pass from Chad LaRose, fended off a check from Blair Betts and wristed a shot past a sprawling Lundqvist for his fourth tally of the season.
With Lundqvist on the bench and two Hurricanes in the penalty box, Carolina withstood a 6-on-3 Rangers advantage as time expired to preserve the 3-1 victory.
Gleason was ejected from the game on his 25th birthday...Wade Brookbank of the Hurricanes and Colton Orr of the Rangers fought each other twice in the first period...46 penalty minutes were handed out after an incident just 4:22 into the game--stemming from a hit by Scott Walker on Gomez as Gomez was facing the boards--including Gleason's game misconduct and 17 minutes worth of penalties for Rangers forward Sean Avery...Carolina leads the season series 2-1.
01/29 22:41:18 ET