The New York Rangers awoke from their post-All Star Game offensive slumber to beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 Saturday night at The Garden. The Blueshirts had only scored one goal in their two games since last weekend’s festivities in Columbus, losing both games [Tuesday at the Islanders, and Thursday at home against Montreal].
The Rangers got on the board first, 6:30 into the first period, on Rick Nash‘s 29th goal of the season. The Blueshirts made it 2-0 a few minutes later on Dominic Moore‘s beautiful shorthanded goal. A great individual effort to skate up the ice, get past two Hurricanes, and past the puck past Cam Ward.
The Rangers got a scare early in the second period when Henrik Lundqvist went down, after being clipped in the throat by what replay showed was Ryan McDonagh‘s stick. Lundqvist was down for several minutes but stayed in the game.
Carolina cut the lead to 2-1 at 5:38 when Brad Malone redirected a pass in front of the net and past Lundqvist.
The Blueshirts broke the game open midway through the third period with two goals in 21 seconds. Chris Kreider took a great pass from Kevin Hayes and put the puck in for his 11th goal of the year, and a 3-1 Rangers lead at 10:16. And Dan Boyle‘s snapshot at 10:37 made it 4-1.
Lundqvist made 31 saves for the victory.
The Rangers [now 28-15-4, 60 pts] host the Florida Panthers at The Garden Monday night.