Paul Carey scored two goal in a game for the first time in his NHL career, and Henrik Lundqvist made 39 saves, as the Rangers beat the Anaheim Ducks Tuesday night at The Garden. The win extended the Blueshirts’ winning streak to three.
The Rangers, who never trailed, jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the final minute of the 1st period. Carey took a terrific backhand pass from David Desharnais and beat Anaheim goalie John Gibson at 19:14. Lundqvist finished the period with 16 saves.
New York made it 2-0 in the opening minute of the 2nd period when Kevin Hayes‘s wrist shot beat Gibson over the goalie’s right shoulder just 38 seconds into the period. It was Hayes’ 8th goal of the season. Carey made it 3-0 at the 13:00 mark of the period, off another assist from Desharnais.
Lundqvist lost his bid for a shutout with 5:17 to play in the 3rd period when Ondrej Kase beat Lundqvist to the glove side for a goal that made it 3-1.
Michael Grabner then scored his team-leading 17th goal of the season with 3:23 to play – but not without a little controversy. Gibson stopped Grabner’s initial shot, but Grabner appeared to flip the rebound over Gibson and into the goal before it was batted out of the air and out of the goal by Anaheim’s Rickard Rickell.
It was ruled no goal, but after a lengthy video review, referee Wes McCauley said dramatically “After review of the play [dramatic pause] it was determined that the puck [another dramatic pause] completely crossed the goal line. We have a goal.” as the Garden Faithful roared. New York had a 4-1 lead.
Desharnais and Nick Holden each finished with two assists.
The Rangers [now 19-12-3, 41 pts] play the New Jersey Devils Thursday night in Newark.