Captain Ryan Callahan scored in overtime and the Rangers punched playoff their ticket by beating the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 on Thursday night.
After failing to secure a playoff berth in their last opportunity, the Rangers don’t want to waste another chance against one of the league’s worst teams – and one they’ve dominated recently.
The New York Islanders clinched an Eastern Conference playoff spot despite a 4-3 shootout loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.
Derek Stepan and Ryan Callahan scored 31 seconds apart, and Rick Nash added a goal and an assist during the Rangers’ three-goal second period. Brian Boyle added an empty-netter just before the buzzer.
Martin Brodeur playfully asked what else he could have done for the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night, and coach Peter DeBoer had an idea. “If he would’ve got in a fight, he would’ve done a little bit of everything for us,” DeBoer said.
What made the Rangers great last season was their ability to protect third-period leads. It’s up to them to follow that blueprint in order to replicate the success of 2011-12.
Should the Rangers not get the job done at Prudential Center, bigger questions will be asked of their underperforming stars, and the pressure will be tightened on John Tortorella. It’s up to the Blueshirts to bury their demons in New Jersey.
Nothing about the first period suggested the New York Rangers were about to snap their three-game losing streak. Yet, they survived it and in the end skated off with a gratifying two points.
New Jersey got two goals from Ilya Kovalchuk, including a short-handed tally, and one from Patrik Elias but that wasn’t enough for the Devils to avoid their seventh loss in eight games without top goalie Martin Brodeur.
Defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti’s first NHL goal snapped a tie midway through the third period, and the Carolina Hurricanes rallied to beat the New York Islanders 4-2 and snap a three-game losing streak Sunday night.
Jiri Tlusty scored the two goals in the third period and Cam Ward made 26 saves as the Carolina Hurricanes beat New Jersey 4-2 on Tuesday night, snapping the Devils’ five-game winning streak.
This one had the look of another frustrating Carolina Hurricanes loss to the New York Islanders. Then the third period came, and everything changed.
Travis Zajac is picking up where he left off after a strong 2012 playoffs, as he has two goals in two games to begin the new season.
Who’s primed to lift the Stanley Cup at season’s end? Hartnett has readied his fearless NHL predictions for the 2013 season.
“I think 48 is most likely at this point, unless the players can expedite their ratification process,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly wrote in an email Monday to The Associated Press.