3rd period goals from Rich Nash and Jimmy Vesey propelled the Rangers to a 3-2 come-from-behind win over Carolina Tuesday night at The Garden. Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves for the win.
The Hurricanes jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 1st period on a pair of goals by former Blueshirt Viktor Stalberg.
Nick Holden got the Rangers on the board in the 2nd period, taking his own rebound and beating Cam Ward at 9:13 to make it 2-1.
Then in the opening moments of the 3rd period, a great individual effort by Nash tied the score. Nash picked up a loose puck in the Rangers’ zone, skated down, muscled his way toward the net, and put a backhander past Ward to tie the game, 2-2, just 24 seconds into the period. Nash has three goals in the past five games, and 10 goals on the season.
Vesey’s powerplay goal with 5:12 to play gave the Rangers the lead. Brady Skjei‘s slapshot from the blue line was blocked before it got to the net. Nash picked up the puck but his shot was stopped. Vesey put the rebound in a wide-open right side of the net for his 8th of the season.
The Rangers [now 16-7-1, 33 pts] play the Sabres Thursday night in Buffalo.