NYR
51-24-7
CAR
33-33-16

25 SOG
23 SOG

Rangers 3, Hurricanes 2

Michael Smith | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM


FS CAROLINAS POSTGAME
FLAVOR OF THE GAME
ASK THE CANES
Eric Staal
Brandon Sutter
Tim Brent
Kirk Muller
Kaiton's Corner
Jiri Tlusty Interview
Postgame Notes (PDF)
Game Summary
Event Summary
Tracking the Storm: Analysis
It’s no secret why the New York Rangers sit atop the Eastern Conference, but the Carolina Hurricanes never let them out of their sight tonight. A late goal from Jay Harrison pulled the Canes within a goal, but they couldn’t close the gap and dropped a 3-2 decision to the Rangers. “I thought our guys played hard,” head coach Kirk Muller said. “We pushed, they pushed us back in the second and we had to come back in the third. We were there, we just fell short.” Eric Staal continues to be the team’s best offensive player, as he extended his point streak to 10 games with two assists tonight. He’s also riding a nine-game assist streak, the longest such of any player since Carolina franchise relocation. Finally, tonight was Staal’s fifth multi-point game in his 10-game point streak stretch. Twice Staal came within inches of adding to his point total, as he rung a couple of shots off the post. One came late in the first period on the power play and the other in the third period, as the puck bounced off the inside of the post and out the opposite side. “I don’t even know how that was possible,” Staal said. “Sometimes that’s the way it goes.” Jeff Skinner netted a power play goal in the second period, the fifth straight game in which the team has recorded a power play tally. Not converting on power play chances in the third period, especially the four-minute advantage with John Mitchell in the box for New York, ended up being the difference. New York stifled the Canes at every point of entry and denied any good scoring opportunity. “You’re down by two, and you at least want to get one on it and go from there,” Staal said. “But, I’ll give credit to their penalty kill. I thought they did a pretty good job of getting in lanes and blocking shots. We probably could have executed a little better on our plays, but they’re a good defensive team.” To find the last time the Hurricanes lost by more than a goal, you have to go back to Jan. 31 in a 5-2 loss to the Islanders – and even then, the Islanders scored two empty-net goals late to pad the final result. The team has to be pleased with how close they kept the score with the Rangers, despite at times seeming inundated by New York’s stingy defense. “We’re with every team,” said forward Brandon Sutter. “It doesn’t matter who we’re playing.” The Canes will wrap up their six-game homestand on Saturday when the Tampa Bay Lightning come to town. It will be the latter-half of a back-to-back set for the Lightning, who face off with the Rangers tomorrow night in Florida. The Canes will regroup on Friday and look to secure points in five of six games on the homestand come Saturday. “The result wasn’t there, but the effort was, and that’s all we can ask,” Muller said.
Recap (Associated Press)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Marian Gaborik scored his 30th goal of the season and Brandon Prust netted the game-winner in the Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers' 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Gaborik reached the 30-goal mark for the seventh time in his NHL career. He gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead with 5:07 left in the second period when he poked the puck in at the left post after it sailed high and landed in the crease.

New York won its third straight despite playing without captain Ryan Callahan, who missed the game because of a bruised right foot. Backup goalie Martin Biron (11-3-2) made 21 saves. No. 1 netminder Henrik Lundqvist is expected to play Friday night when the Rangers visit Tampa Bay.

Artem Anisimov also scored for the Rangers (41-15-6), who have a nine-point lead in the East. New York has 21 home wins and 20 road wins this season.

The Hurricanes took a 1-0 lead on Jeff Skinner's power-play goal 58 seconds into the second period. Anisimov tied it with a rising slap shot that beat goalie Cam Ward on the glove side at 8:21.

Prust made it 3-1 at 1:57 of the third when he finished off a 2-on-1 break with Brian Boyle.

Jay Harrison brought the Hurricanes back within a goal when he scored with 40 seconds left, after Ward was pulled for an extra attacker.

Ward finished with 22 saves.

NOTES: Carolina captain Eric Staal has assists in nine straight games, the longest streak since the team moved from Hartford. He has points in 10 consecutive games. ... The Rangers are 26-0-2 when leading after two periods. ... New York's Derek Stepan had a pair of assists. ... Callahan missed his first game of the season.

1st2nd3rdT
NYR
CAR
Scoring Summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
00:58CAR PPG - Jeff Skinner (17) ASST: Eric Staal (36), Justin Faulk (10) 1 - 0 CAR
08:21NYR Artem Anisimov (12) ASST: Marian Gaborik (25), Derek Stepan (27) 1 - 1 Tie
14:53NYR Marian Gaborik (30) ASST: Derek Stepan (28), Stu Bickel (7) 2 - 1 NYR
3rd Period
01:57NYR Brandon Prust (4) ASST: Brian Boyle (11), Ruslan Fedotenko (8) 3 - 1 NYR
19:20CAR Jay Harrison (8) ASST: Jiri Tlusty (15), Eric Staal (37) 3 - 2 NYR
Three Stars of the Game
Marian Gaborik
1st
Marian Gaborik
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 18:58
Artem Anisimov
2nd
Artem Anisimov
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 21:56
Eric Staal
3rd
Eric Staal
C
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 24:41
Penalty Summary
1st Period
03:51CAR Eric Staal  Slashing against  Ruslan Fedotenko
19:10NYR Brandon Dubinsky  Unsportsmanlike conduct
2nd Period
09:28CAR Jeff Skinner  Cross checking against  Marc Staal
10:33NYR Mike Rupp  Interference against  Eric Staal
17:34CAR Derek Joslin  Interference against  Michael Del Zotto
3rd Period
10:28NYR Carl Hagelin  Slashing against  Zach Boychuk
14:07NYR John Mitchell  Hi stick - double minor against  Jay Harrison
17:39NYR Anton Stralman  Roughing against  Jeff Skinner
17:39CAR Jeff Skinner  Roughing against  Anton Stralman
shots by period
PeriodNYRCAR
1st76
2nd127
3rd610
Total2523
Team Stats
CategoryNYRCAR
Power Plays0/31/5
Hits1916
Faceoff Wins3235
Giveaways45
Takeaways107
Blocked Shots2019
Penalty Minutes128
  • NY RANGERS
  • CAROLINA
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
4M. Del ZottoD0011014:08
5D. GirardiD00-11024:14
8B. PrustL1011015:07
10M. GaborikR1113018:58
17B. DubinskyC000025:25
18M. StaalD0010021:43
19B. RichardsC00-14019:11
21D. StepanC0223017:21
22B. BoyleC0110015:53
26R. FedotenkoL0111015:39
27R. McDonaghD0000025:42
28J. ScottL000004:58
32A. StralmanD0012218:32
34J. MitchellC0003415:24
41S. BickelD0120011:35
42A. AnisimovC1011021:56
62C. HagelinL0004218:29
71M. RuppL000126:07
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
43M. Biron2123.91359:52
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
4J. McBainD00-11019:04
5B. AllenD0000019:25
6T. GleasonD0010018:55
8J. SpacekD00-10016:41
11Z. BoychukL00-11015:10
12E. StaalC0211224:41
13A. StewartR0003014:34
14A. NodlR00-22011:26
16B. SutterC00-22019:34
19J. TlustyL0113019:06
21D. BowmanL0010010:04
27D. JoslinD00-2028:42
28J. FaulkD01-21023:13
36J. JokinenL00-11021:34
37T. BrentC0002014:44
44J. HarrisonD10-11014:59
53J. SkinnerL10-15419:13
71J. SamsonR000005:23
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
30C. Ward2225.88057:32