New York at Carolina

Rangers beat champs for third consecutive win

CBS wire reports

RALEIGH, N.C. -- 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."


  • 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.
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Newly acquired Pascal Dupuis cuts in front for a one-timer goal, his first for the Rangers. (AP)
Newly acquired Pascal Dupuis cuts in front for a one-timer goal, his first for the Rangers. (AP)
NY Rangers  (28-24-5) «1214
Carolina (29-24-7)1001
Three Stars
M. Nylander

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
K. Rachunek

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
A. Ladd

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
18:47Power Play - Michael Nylander (19), Tip-In - Assists: Jaromir Jagr, Martin Straka
19:30Andrew Ladd (7), Wrist Shot - Assists: Eric Staal, Scott Walker
05:40Power Play - Karel Rachunek (4), Slap Shot - Assists: Michael Nylander, Sean Avery
16:19Pascal Dupuis (11), Tip-In - Assists: Matt Cullen, Jed Ortmeyer
04:01Power Play - Brendan Shanahan (28), Snap Shot - Assists: Sean Avery, Karel Rachunek
Penalty Summary
14:04Avery: Roughing - 2 min.
14:04Hollweg: Fighting - 5 min.
14:04Commodore: Fighting - 5 min.
16:54Gleason: Holding - 2 min.
04:04Kaberle: Holding - 2 min.
02:36Staal: High sticking - 2 min.
08:42Rachunek: Hooking - 2 min.
14:14Betts: Too Many Men on the Ice(bench) - 2 min.
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Referees - Mike Hasenfratz, Dan O'Halloran
Linesmen - Thor Nelson, Tony Sericolo
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