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New York at Carolina

Rangers rally past Canes late

CBSSports.com wire reports

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The New York Rangers are playing playoff hockey right now, according to newly acquired Martin St. Louis, who set up Derek Stepan's winning goal in a 4-2 victory over Carolina on Friday night.

The Rangers rallied from a goal down twice before finally taking the lead on Stepan's goal with 2:46 left in the game.

"This is how it is played in the playoffs," St. Louis said. "We want to play like it is the playoffs so we don't have to turn the switch on when it is the playoffs."

St. Louis, long a nemesis for the Hurricanes when he played for Tampa Bay, triggered Stepan's 5-on-3 goal with a stiff pass across the crease that Carolina could not defend. Stepan easily slammed the puck by Carolina goalkeeper Anton Khudobin, who was unable to slide back to the far post for the save.

"When you play in a game, you obviously want to contribute," St. Louis said. "We dictated the play, but we had trouble getting past the goal line. When you get a 5-on-3 at the end of the game, you've got to make it count."

Rick Nash and Ryan McDonagh also scored for the Rangers, who beat Carolina for the 10th straight time. Carl Hagelin added an empty-netter with 41 seconds left in the game.

The game turned in New York's favor when Carolina took a pair of delay-of-game penalties in the final five minutes. Ron Hainsey went to the box first when he cleared a puck out of play from his defensive zone. And 1:12 later, Brett Bellemore joined him after making the same mistake to give the Rangers the 5-on-3.

Until then, Carolina did its best to hold off the Rangers.

Jeff Skinner scored on a penalty shot in the third period that gave Carolina a 2-1 lead. He was awarded the chance when Anton Stralman was called for obstructing Skinner's breakaway.

But Carolina's lead was short-lived as Nash evened the score 2-2 with for his 20th of the season.

"There was a lot of patience," Nash said. "We stuck with the process and it worked tonight."

Carolina took its initial lead late in the first period as Jordan Staal scored. That stood until midway through the third period.

Defenseman McDonagh scored short-handed for the Rangers to tie the game with 12:35 left. It was New York's third short-handed goal in two games after getting a pair in its last game, a 3-2 loss to Toronto.

Carolina's power-play woes continued as the Hurricanes were 0 for 4, including a 5-on-3 early in the second period. Carolina has gone seven games without a power-play goal, an 0-for-27 span.

Khudobin was outstanding through most of the game, finishing with 40 saves. He just didn't have enough help down the stretch on the penalty kill.

"Very frustrated," Canes coach Kirk Muller said. "I thought we did everything we were supposed to do. Having the lead that late you have to be able to hold that off and win the hockey game and we didn't."


Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves for New York. ... Carolina D Andrej Sekera played in his 400th NHL game. ... Rangers C Mats Zuccarello returned to the lineup after missing the last four games because of and injured hand suffered while playing for Norway at the Olympics.

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Carolina goalie Anton Khudobin makes 40 saves but it isn't enough in a 4-2 loss to the Rangers. (USATSI)
Carolina goalie Anton Khudobin makes 40 saves but it isn't enough in a 4-2 loss to the Rangers. (USATSI)
NY Rangers  (34-26-4) «0044
Carolina (27-27-9)1012
Three Stars
A. Khudobin

Saves: 40
Save Pct.: .930
R. Nash

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
D. Stepan

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
17:49 - Jordan Staal (12), Snap Shot. Assist: Semin, Hainsey
07:25Short - Ryan McDonagh (11), Slap Shot. Assist: Nash
12:07 - Jeff Skinner (24), Penalty Shot, Unassisted.
13:24 - Rick Nash (20), Wrist Shot. Assist: Stepan, Moore
17:14Power Play - Derek Stepan (11), Wrist Shot. Assist: St. Louis, Richards
19:19 - Carl Hagelin (13), Empty Net. Assist: Zuccarello, Girardi
Penalty Summary
05:55Staal, 2 min, Hooking
11:04Bowman, 2 min, Hooking
02:52Hagelin, 2 min, Holding
04:09Boyle, 2 min, Elbowing
11:29Carcillo, 2 min, Interference
06:36Zuccarello, 2 min, Holding the stick
12:16Kreider, 2 min, Roughing
12:16Bellemore, 2 min, Roughing
15:30Hainsey, 2 min, Delaying Game
16:02Bellemore, 2 min, Delaying Game
Shots On Goal
Henrik Lundqvist59:37222
Anton Khudobin59:25403
Game Information
Attendance - 17547
Referees - Tom Kowal, Justin St. Pierre
Linesmen - David Brisebois, Andy McElman
Other Games
Buf 0 Final
Fla 2
NJ 4 Final
Det 7
NYI 3 Final
Cal 4
Pitt 3 Final
Ana 2