Canes storm by Rangers with three third period goals
Teuvo Teravainen gave Carolina its first lead of the game with 2:33 remaining and the visiting Hurricanes rode a three-goal third period to defeat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Jalen Chatfield and Stefan Noesen scored 49 seconds apart for the Hurricanes, but Carolina (46-15-8, 100 points) gave up a goal in between in an eventful final 11 minutes.
Frederik Andersen stopped 29 shots for the victory. Metropolitan Division-leading Carolina has 100 or more points in back-to-back seasons for the first time in franchise history.
Tyler Motte and Kaapo Kakko scored for the Rangers (41-20-10, 92 points), who concluded a season-long five-game homestand. New York was trying to sweep a homestand of five or more games for just the second time in franchise history.
Igor Shesterkin made 36 saves for the Rangers but wasn’t able to overcome the late surge by Carolina.
“We didn’t win enough battles to win the game,” Jacob Trouba said. “Igor kept us in as long as he could. Turn the page and move on to the next one.”
The teams will meet in a rematch Thursday night in Raleigh, N.C.
Rangers falter in third period
The Rangers had only 18 shots in the second and third periods combined, with eight of those coming in the final eight minutes.
Motte scored with three minutes left in the first period and that goal held up until the wild stretch in the third.
The Hurricanes had two goals within a 49-second span, though Kakko scored for the Rangers in between those Carolina tallies.
The Rangers had breakdowns on both Carolina goals. Chatfield skated down the right side for a shot that only had to beat Shesterkin at the 9:49 mark.
After Kakko’s goal at 10:20 of the third, the Rangers lost track of Noesen, who was stationed alone in front of the net and beat Shesterkin for his 11th goal of the season at 10:38.
“We didn’t play near well enough to beat that team,” Gerard Gallant explained. “Honestly, the whole game I thought they outplayed us. They were a lot quicker than we were tonight for whatever reason. They managed the puck real well. But it all comes back to we didn’t skate enough, we didn’t move the puck enough, we didn’t play our game. They were the quick, quick team and we were slow.”
The Rangers had defenseman Ryan Lindgren back in the lineup after an 11-game absence with an upper-body injury. He had an assist and was plus-1 in 16:13 of ice time.
–Field Level Media
–Forever Blueshirts contributed to this article