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New York Rangers erupt for 6 goals, beat Hurricanes behind Zibanejad’s big night (Highlights)

The New York Rangers finally held their opponent to two goals as they beat the Carolina Hurricanes at the Garden.

Dom Renna

  • Carolina Hurricanes: 2 (22-19-5, 49 points)
  • New York Rangers: 6 (19-20-7, 45 points)
  • CAR Goal Scorers: Saku Maenalanen (3, 4)
  • NYR Goal Scorers: Tony DeAngelo (3, 4), Mika Zibanejad (13, 14), Pavel Buchnevich (8, 9)
  • NHL, Final, Box Score.
  • Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

Something about the Carolina Hurricanes brings out the best in Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers.

With the 6-2 victory, New York has now won 16 games in a row against the Hurricanes at the Garden and the timing could not have been more perfect.

New York was coming off a poor performance against the Blue Jackets and a new face in the lineup with Ryan Lindgren making his NHL debut. Head coach David Quinn wanted to see a better effort from his team, and they did just that.

Right from the get-go, New York was hard on the puck forcing Carolina to turn the puck over. It was really quite a difference compared to where they were as a team just two days ago. What also helped is that they took an early lead thanks to Tony DeAngelo.

Carolina would tie it up, but then it became the Mika Zibanejad and Pavel Buchnevich show. The two would go onto score the next four goals for the Rangers, both scoring two apiece. Zibanejad would finish the night with four points, two goals, and two assists.

While the offense was the story of the game, the play of Henrik Lundqvist was an important storyline in this one. He had been pulled in two of his last three starts where he allowed 15 goals in that span. With the big lead, Lundqvist was able to settle in, play his game, oh and make saves like this.

This was without a doubt the Rangers best all-around game in quite some time and the final score proves just that. They looked like a team who was contending for a playoff spot, not one closer to the bottom of the league.

In his debut, Lindgren did not disappoint as he was steady and reliable in his zone. The stat sheet says he took a penalty, but it was one of those penalties to prevent a goal. Overall, a good start for him.

New York will look to build on the big win as they welcome the Chicago Blackhawks to the Garden Thursday night.

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Dominick is a graduate of Canisius College. He has covered the Rangers for the last seven seasons and the Yankees for the last four.