Chris Kreider's two goals lift the New York Rangers over the Hurricanes (Highlights) 2
Dec 3, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) scores a goal past Carolina Hurricanes goalie Michael Leighton (32) during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Kreider and the New York Rangers found a way to slip past the pesky Carolina Hurricanes on Kids’ Day at Madison Square Garden.

  • New York Rangers 3 (17-8-1, 35 pts)
  • Carolina Hurricanes 2 (9-10-5, 23 pts)
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  • Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

Those pesky Carolina Hurricanes just wouldn’t go away. Every time the good guys jumped ahead, the road team equaled their efforts.

Not until a game-winner from Chris Kreider with 7:35 remaining in regulation did the home Blueshirts actually tally a goal that wasn’t matched:

Just under five minutes later, Kreider exploded for his second goal of the period, his sixth of the campaign:

For the first time all game, New York felt what it was like to own a two-goal lead.

Earlier in the frame, it was Michael Grabner who scored the big one, his 13th of the season. Jesper Fast made an incredible play in the neutral zone while Brady Skjei picked up the primary assist. Though the Canes reviewed the goal for a possible offside, it was too close for the officials to overturn:

The lone Ranger who scored prior to the third period was Derek Stepan, who sneaked one past goalie Michael Leighton to open the scoring on the day:

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 26-of-28 shots on the day and really kept his team in it at times. The Canes out shot the Rangers in the game 28-23 and owned a 25-11 edge after two periods of play. It wasn’t until that final period where New York actually adjusted their game and started playing a simpler brand of hockey against a tough Carolina defense.

For the Canes, Viktor Stalberg (7) and Victor Rask (9) lit the lamp. Leighton stopped just 19-of-23 New York shots on goal.

The Rangers have now won 13th straight games at home against the Hurricanes. Next up for the Rangers will be the New York Islanders in Brooklyn on Tuesday night.

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