The Rangers scored three 1st period goals, and made it stand up, hanging on for a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes Wednesday night at The Garden. The win gave the Rangers their first three-game winning streak of the season. Henrik Lundqvist had 41 saves and recorded his 456th career win.
The Blueshirts got goals from Mika Zibanejad, back on the ice after missing 12 games, Brendan Smith, and Adam Fox.
The Hurricanes closed the gap with two goals in 89 seconds midway through the 2nd period. Ryan Dzingel scored his 5th of the season, a power play goal, at 14:29, and Warren Foegele made it 3-2 at 15:58.
Neither team scored in the 3rd period. Lundqvist made 17 saves in the period. It was his 1,000th career game as a Ranger [regular season and post-season].
Fox finished the game with a goal and an assist. Artemi Panarin had two assists, another two-point game for him.
The Rangers [now 12-9-2, 26 pts] play the Bruins in Boston Friday afternoon.
Kappo Kakko scored 2:24 into overtime – off a pass from Adam Fox – to give the Rangers a 3-2 win Tuesday night at The Garden. Kakko had two goals on the night, while Fox finished with a goal and an assist. It was the first multi-goal game of Kakko’s NHL career.
Kakko got the Blueshirts on the board in the 1st period with a breakaway goal, beating Matt Murray to make it 1-0 at 6:42. Fox added a goal with 11 seconds left in the period to make it 2-0.
In the 2nd period, Justin Schultz made it a 2-1 game with a goal just 73 seconds into the period. Jared McCann would tie the game, 2-2, at the 12:33 mark, with a powerplay goal.
Artemiy Panarin had an assist on the Fox goal, extending his scoring streak to nine games.
Alexandar Georgiev stopped 30 of 32 shots for the win. Murray made 24 saves.
The Rangers are now 5-1-1 in their last seven games.
The Rangers [now 8-6-2, 18 pts] start a two-game Florida road trip Thursday night in Tampa against the Lightning.
After an embarrassing home loss Monday at Ottawa, the Rangers rebounded with better, more urgent play at both ends of the rink, and beat the Detroit Red Wings, 5-1, Wednesday night at The Garden.
Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves, including 16 in the 3rd period, after sitting out the last three games. It was his 452nd career win.
The Blueshirts got goals of all kinds: aneven strength goal from Chris Kreider, power play goals from Tony DeAngelo and Ryan Strome, a short-handed goal from Greg McKegg, and an empty-net goal from Artemiy Panarin.
The Red Wings are now 1-11-1 in their last 13 games.
The Rangers [now 6-6-1, 13 pts] are right back in action Thursday, playing the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh.