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New York Rangers shut out 3-0 by Carolina Hurricanes on 1994 night (Highlights)

It was 1994 night at Madison Square Garden but the New York Rangers’ party was spoiled in a shutout loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.

Dom Renna

On a night that was dedicated to the 1994 Stanley Cup champion New York Rangers, the 2018-19 version showed how far away they truly are from title contention.

While they were able to compete with the Carolina Hurricanes, they were unable to beat Petr Mrazek, falling to the score of 3-0 while breaking their 16-game losing at Madison Square Garden.

This game was full of chances right from the start. The Rangers were able to feed off the energy the ceremony brought. New York would go onto outshoot Carolina 20-18 during the first 40-minutes.

In the end, it could not beat Mrazek.

It wasn’t like the Rangers were stifled. It took great goaltending and even better defensive play by Carolina to put it all together for a team win.

Simple, yet important plays like the above example were the theme of this game all the way up until the final period, a period in which the Rangers were outshot 15-7 including three goals, two of them empty netters.

The shutout marks the second time in the last six games the Rangers have been shutout. The magic of the 1994 team just could not rub off on them.

Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves on the night but it just was not enough for the Rangers, who ended up hearing some boos towards the end of regulation. Lundqvist turned on another gear as he continues to look for his first shutout of the season.

The Rangers will look to rebound when they close out their five-game homestand Sunday night against John Tavares, Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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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.