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New York
Rangers
42-30-10
Carolina
Hurricanes
40-34-8

27 SOG
24 SOG
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Rangers 4, Hurricanes 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Rangers 4, Hurricanes 1
New York Rangers 4, Carolina Hurricanes 1

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -The power play is clicking for the New York Rangers, who hope they're playing their best at the right time.

Karel Rachunek and Michael Nylander each scored a power-play goal and added an assist for the Rangers in a 4-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.

The Rangers scored three power-play goals in their third consecutive victory and are three points out of the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

"It's only three games," said New York captain Jaromir Jagr, who had a power-play assist. "We need to win 20 more games. We've got 17 to go to make the playoffs."

The power play has been the key in New York's last two wins. They've scored six goals in the last two games, including a 3-for-3 effort on Thursday with Rachunek, Nylander and Brendan Shanahan scoring. Rachunek's power-play goal at 5:40 in the second period turned out to be the game-winner.

A shakeup in the special teams has spurred the scoring streak. Instead of keeping stars Jagr and Shanahan together, the Rangers have split them up.

"With two groups, more players are involved and we've been scoring and creating momentum," Rangers winger Matt Cullen said.

The Hurricanes never generated any momentum. Andrew Ladd scored the only goal for the short-handed lineup. Carolina lost All-Star winger Justin Williams midway through the second period with what the team called an upper-body injury. Defenseman Bret Hedican also left the game in the second period with a concussion. The Hurricanes were already missing forwards Cory Stillman, who's expected to miss 10 days with a sprained knee, and Erik Cole, who missed his third straight game with a hip pointer.

"Regardless of who's in and who's out, the expectation is we have to win," Carolina coach Peter Laviolette said. "That hasn't changed all year. We haven't been healthy all year, there's no sense talking about, there's no sense crying about it."

The Rangers have added to their lineup through trades for the playoff push. Pascal Dupuis and Sean Avery both played a part in Thursday's victory, the Rangers' first at Carolina in six games.

Avery, acquired in a trade with Los Angeles on Feb. 5, had two assists. Dupuis, making his Rangers debut after being traded from Minnesota on Feb. 9, made it 3-1 with at 16:19 in the second. Cullen hit the cutting Dupuis in front of the net for an easy one-time finish.

"I think we may have found a formula," New York coach Tom Renney said. "We made some roster moves and possibly created some more depth."

Cullen, who was a part of the Hurricanes' Stanley Cup team last season, knows there isn't much room for error in the final weeks of the season.

"If we're not playing good now, our season's pretty much over," Cullen said. "This is our playoffs. If we don't win these games, we're done."

Notes: It was the Rangers first win at Carolina since Dec. 31, 2002. ... Jagr celebrated his 35th birthday with his team-leading 49th assist. ...The Hurricanes are 1-3-1 in their past five home games.

scoring summary
1st Period
18:47
NYR
PPG - Michael Nylander (19) ASST: Jaromir Jagr (49), Martin Straka (37)
1 - 0 NYR
19:30
CAR
Andrew Ladd (6) ASST: Eric Staal (30), Scott Walker (22)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
05:40
NYR
PPG - Karel Rachunek (4) ASST: Michael Nylander (43), Sean Avery (20)
2 - 1 NYR
16:19
NYR
Pascal Dupuis (11) ASST: Matt Cullen (16), Jed Ortmeyer (6)
3 - 1 NYR
3rd Period
04:01
NYR
PPG - Brendan Shanahan (28) ASST: Sean Avery (21), Karel Rachunek (18)
4 - 1 NYR
penalty summary
1st Period
14:04
CAR
Mike Commodore  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan Hollweg
14:04
NYR
Sean Avery  Roughing against  Mike Commodore
14:04
NYR
Ryan Hollweg  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Commodore
16:54
CAR
Tim Gleason  Holding against  Martin Straka
2nd Period
04:04
CAR
Frantisek Kaberle  Holding against  Marcel Hossa
3rd Period
02:36
CAR
Eric Staal  Hi-sticking against  Matt Cullen
08:42
NYR
Karel Rachunek  Hooking against  Rod Brind'Amour
14:14
NYR
Petr Prucha  Too many men/ice - bench
goalie stats
Henrik Lundqvist
Henrik Lundqvist
SA: 24TOI: 60:00
Saves: 23EV: 20 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .958SH: 0 - 0
Cam Ward
SA: 27TOI: 59:59
Saves: 23EV: 16 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 9
SV%: .852SH: 1 - 1