Brad Richards scored two power-play goals, and the playoff-bound New York Rangers improved their chances for home-ice advantage in the first round with a 4-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.
Colin McDonald had two goals and an assist, and Matt Martin also scored twice for the New York Islanders, who held on to beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-4 on Tuesday night.
Jordan Staal and Jiri Tlusty both had a goal and an assist, and the Carolina Hurricanes snapped a 10-game losing streak against the New York Rangers with a 3-1 win on Tuesday night.
Derek Stepan scored on a 5-on-3 power play with 2:45 left in the game to give the Rangers a 4-2 win over Carolina on Friday night.
The New Jersey Devils have acquired left wing Tuomo Ruutu from the Carolina Hurricanes for center Andrei Loktionov and a conditional third-round pick in 2017.
Jordan Staal and Brett Sutter scored 57 seconds apart in the second period, and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the New York Islanders yet again, 3-2 on Saturday night for their third consecutive win.
Jaromir Jagr had a goal and two assists, and the New Jersey Devils scored four goals in the third period of a 5-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night.
Patrick Dwyer scored short-handed to cap a three-goal burst in the second period, and the Carolina Hurricanes snapped their six-game road losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night.
Justin Peters stopped 21 shots in his third career shutout and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Islanders 1-0 on Thursday night.
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.