Canes fall to Rangers 2-1 in shootout
Posted March 18, 2013
New York —
Final: Rangers 2, Hurricanes 1 (SO): The Carolina Hurricanes secured one point but lost to the New York Rangers 2-1 in a shootout Monday at Madison Square Garden. With 32 points, the Hurricanes are back atop the Southeast Division.
Captain Eric Staal scored the only goal for the Hurricanes late in the first period.
End OT: Hurricanes 1, Rangers 1: The Hurricanes will head to their first shootout of the 2013 regular season after failing to score in the 5-minute overtime with the New York Rangers.
End 3rd: Hurricanes 1, Rangers 1: New York and Carolina both secure one point after finishing 60 minutes tied at 1-1. Eric Staal scored the only goal for the Hurricanes, and Derek Stepan tallied for the Rangers.
End 2nd: Hurricanes 1, Rangers 1: New York and Carolina are knotted at 1-1 after 40 minutes, but the Rangers took momentum from the Hurricanes in the second period.
Derek Stepan tied the game midway through the frame, and the Rangers took 10 more shots (14-4) than the Canes.
8:54, 2nd Period: Hurricanes 1, Rangers 1: New York ties the score at 1 on a goal by Derek Stepan. Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin are credited with assists.
50.4 seconds, 1st Period: Hurricanes 1, Rangers 0: Captain Eric Staal broke a scoreless tie with 50 seconds left in the opening period against New York, finishing a shot past Henrik Lundqvist off a cross-ice pass from defenseman Joni Pitkanen. Alexander Semin tallied the secondary assist.
Carolina has a 14-6 edge in shots after the first 20 minutes.
20:00, 1st Period: Dan Ellis is in the net for the Hurricanes as they look to rebound against the struggling Rangers. In other news, Jeff Skinner has been moved off Jordan Staal's line and will be paired with Riley Nash and Jussi Jokinen.
Jordan Staal will be joined on the second line by Drayson Bowman and Pat Dwyer. Joe Corvo (lower-body injury) and Tim Brent are Carolina's scratches.
Pre-Game: After falling out of first place in the Southeast Division Saturday with a 4-1 loss to Tampa Bay, the Carolina Hurricanes will look to bounce back Monday evening when they clash with the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
Carolina has lost its last two games in regulation after going 6-1-0 in its previous seven outings. In part due to the recent two-game slide, the Hurricanes now trail Winnipeg by one point for the top spot in the division.
Justin Peters allowed four goals on 26 shots Saturday for Carolina, which has dropped three straight just once this season, going 0-3 from Feb. 18-23. Dan Ellis, who last played Thursday in a 2-1 loss against Washington, will be in net for the Hurricanes against the Rangers.
The Hurricanes claimed forward Adam Hall off waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday and he played almost 10 minutes against his former club.
"Coming out, I was looking forward to the challenge of playing against those guys and trying to get a big win," Hall said. "It didn't work out for us."
Carolina defenseman Joe Corvo suffered a lower-body injury on Saturday and is day-to-day.
The Hurricanes, who are 8-5-1 on the road this season, have lost three straight and six of their last nine in New York City. The Rangers have won five in a row and six of the past seven overall in this series.
Monday's tilt marks the first of three scheduled meetings between the clubs this season. Carolina will host the Rangers on April 6 before the teams cap the season series on April 25 at MSG.
The offensively-challenged New York Rangers will be trying Monday to halt a three-game losing streak of their own.
The Rangers are ranked 27th in the league with an average of just 2.33 goals per game and John Tortorella's club has managed only two scores during its current 0-3 slide.
After beginning a four-game road trip with a 4-1 win at Washington, the Blueshirts were dealt consecutive 3-1 setbacks in Buffalo and Winnipeg. New York fared even worse in the finale of the swing, losing a 3-0 decision Saturday in Pittsburgh.
"When you don't score, sure your confidence goes down. When you don't win, your confidence goes down," said Tortorella after Sunday's loss. "So, we just gotta work through it and just try to find our way here."
The Rangers fell to 4-7-1 on the road after the 3-0 setback in the Steel City, where Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 23 shots to notch his first shutout of the season.
Henrik Lundqvist allowed all three goals on 27 shots in the setback, New York's fourth in its last five games.
"Unfortunately we can't find our offense now," New York defenseman Dan Girardi admitted. "I don't think it's a lack of confidence, we just need to find a way. We have to just keep trying to make plays and get offensive zone pressure."
New York, which is 9-5-1 as the host this season, finds itself sitting 10th in the Eastern Conference and three points out of a playoff spot. That eighth and final postseason berth is currently being held by the Hurricanes, who will try to halt a two-game skid of their own when they face the Rangers on Monday.