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New York at Carolina

Hurricanes 4, Rangers 1

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Rangers had a lot of chances in a wide-open first period.

The Hurricanes converted two of theirs -- and Cam Ward frustrated the Rangers.

The Carolina goalie made 39 saves, and Chad LaRose, Jussi Jokinen, Brandon Sutter and Jeff Skinner scored in the Hurricanes' 4-1 victory Thursday.

"There are certain games that are going to be exciting, and there are certain games that are going to be dogs," Carolina coach Paul Maurice said. "For whatever reason when the Hurricanes and the Rangers play, I think they're very exciting games and lots of chances and just outstanding goaltending."

Tuomo Ruutu added two assists to help the Hurricanes snap a two-game losing streak.

Ward had his highest number of saves in more than a month.

"He's our wall back there," LaRose said. "A lot of times when we make mistakes, he bails us out and they don't get noticed as much. He's definitely our leader, and we try to play well in front of him."

Brandon Prust scored for New York, coming off a 7-0 home victory over Toronto on Wednesday night.

Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves for the injury ravaged Rangers. One day after finding out Brandon Dubinsky (stress fracture in left leg) and Ruslan Fedotenko (separated left shoulder) would miss extended time, New York struggled to keep up with Carolina offensively.

"They got off to a good start," New York defenseman Marc Staal said. "We obviously opened up the ice a little bit too much for them. At the same time, we were getting a ton of chances, too. We were just unable to bury one."

The Hurricanes struck early in the first period when LaRose deflected Jeff Skinner's shot through Lundqvist's legs. The spinning puck looked as if it might stop before crossing the goal line, but it had enough momentum to make it over. Carolina made it 2-0 with 5:17 left in the period when Jokinen deflected Joe Corvo's slap shot from the blue line past Lundqvist on a power play.

Early in the second period, Sergei Samsonov fed a streaking Sutter near the New York blue line to send Sutter in on a partial breakaway. Sutter went to his backhand to beat Lundqvist for his first goal in 16 games.

"I thought the third goal was the biggest one," New York coach John Tortorella said. "That's a simple rush. It's not an odd-man rush - we allow it to turn into an odd-man rush. So we were sloppy defensively."

Prust spoiled Ward's shutout with 8:20 left in the game when he snapped a wrist shot past Ward's glove from the slot. Skinner finished the scoring with 4:09 remaining.

It was an important win for the Hurricanes, who entered the night three points behind Atlanta in the chase for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Coming into the game, Carolina only had five wins all season against the eight teams ahead of it in the Eastern Conference.

"What I thought you saw tonight was a real good look at the leadership in our room," Maurice said.

Notes

The Rangers hit the post twice in the opening minutes of the game. ... Prust was favoring his left hand after a fight with Carolina's Jay Harrison in the second period.

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Scoreboard
NY Rangers (27-19-3)0011
Carolina  (23-18-6) «2114
Three Stars
C. LaRose
CAR


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
J. Skinner
CAR


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
C. Ward
CAR


Saves: 39
Save Pct.: .975

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Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
05:39 - Chad LaRose (10), Wrist Shot. Assist: Skinner, Ruutu
14:43Power Play - Jussi Jokinen (12), Tip-In. Assist: Corvo, Ruutu
2ND PERIOD
05:41 - Brandon Sutter (8), Backhand Shot. Assist: Samsonov
3RD PERIOD
11:40 - Brandon Prust (6), Wrist Shot. Assist: Kolarik, McDonagh
15:51 - Jeff Skinner (17), Tip-In. Assist: LaRose
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
14:01Sauer, 2 min, Tripping
2ND PERIOD
06:48Pitkanen, 2 min, Slashing
14:36Prust, 5 min, Fighting
14:36Harrison, 5 min, Fighting
14:45Newbury, 5 min, Fighting
14:45Carter, 5 min, Fighting
3RD PERIOD
03:57White, 2 min, Hooking
16:49Avery, 2 min, Slashing
16:49Avery, 10 min, Misconduct
16:49Cole, 10 min, Misconduct
Shots On Goal
 123T
NYR11141540
CAR16121139
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Henrik Lundqvist59:48354
Cam Ward60:00391
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Attendance - 15861
Referees - Kevin Pollock, Stephen Walkom
Linesmen - Darren Gibbs, Brian Murphy
 
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