The Rangers led from the opening moments of the game, and then had to hold on to beat the Carolina Hurricanes Monday night, 4-3, snapping a three-game losing streak. Henrik Lundqvist made 33 saves in the win.
The fans at the Garden were barely in their seats when Carolina’s Brett Pesce was whistled for tripping just 64 seconds into the game. The Rangers made them pay five seconds later when Mats Zuccarello scored a powerplay goal at 1:09 to make it 1-0, a wrist shot from above the face-off circle, after Derick Brassard had won the face-off. It was Zuccarello’s 11th goal of the season, tops on the team.
New York made it 2-0 with only 1:27 left in the 1st period on Oscar Lindberg‘s 9th goal of the season, another power play goal. It was the first time all season that the Rangers had scored more than one power play goal in a game.
Jordan Staal made it a 2-1 game 1:40 into the 2nd period, but New York answered quickly. Chris Kreider scored 44 seconds later, at 2:24 in, to make it 3-1. It was Kreider’s 4th goal of the season.
The Blueshirts made it a 4-1 game at 15:49 on Brassard’s 7th goal of the season. Carolina goalie Cam Ward‘s clearing pass was intercepted by Kevin Hayes, just as Hayes was exiting the penalty box. Hayes made a perfect pass to Brassard, to the right of the goal, and Brassard beat Ward to make it 4-1.
Carolina cut it to 4-2 before the end of the period, on Victor Rask‘s 9th of the season at 17:59. They would make it 4-3 at the 8:23 mark of the 3rd period when Jeff Skinner made a perfect lead pass to Chris Terry, just coming off the bench. Terry slid the puck between Henrik Lundqvist‘s legs to cut New York’s lead to one.
The Rangers [now 17-6-2, 36 pts] are back in action Wednesday night when they play the Islanders at The Barclays Center in Brooklyn.