NY Rangers 4, Carolina 2

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 7:30 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Carolina 26-29-9-6 17-13-1-5 9-16-8-1 L2
NY Rangers 44-18-2-5 24-7-0-2 20-11-2-3 W2


RANGERS 4, HURRICANES 2: Brad Richards had two goals and an assist and New York completed a sweep of the four-game season series against visiting Carolina.

Marian Gaborik and rookie Carl Hagelin each had a goal and an assist as the Rangers' top line accounted for nine points in beating the Hurricanes for the fifth consecutive time.

Martin Biron, subbing for an ill Henrik Lundqvist (flu), turned aside 27 shots to help New York build its lead to six points over Pittsburgh atop the Eastern Conference. Biron improved to 3-0-0 against Carolina this season.

The Rangers appeared on the way to a rout after Richards scored his fourth and fifth goals in the past three games, connecting twice in a span of 3:01 to give the Rangers a 3-0 cushion with just under seven minutes in the second period.

Carolina, though, stormed back with a pair of goals 32 seconds apart. Tim Brent scored on the power play 93 seconds after Richards' second goal and Drayson Bowman beat Biron when he pounced on a blocked shot and notched his third goal.

Hagelin recorded his first three-point game with seven minutes left in the third, stealing the puck behind the net and beating Cam Ward on a quick wraparound for a 4-2 lead.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Biron was in net for a 3-2 victory at Carolina on March 1. He is 13-4-2 with a tie lifetime against the Hurricanes. New York called up Chad Johnson to back up Biron. Johnson wore 29, not 85. ... The Rangers improved to 31-3-3 when scoring first. ... Ward was denied in his second attempt at his 200th career victory. He has allowed 17 goals in four meetings with New York this season. ... Rangers captain Ryan Callahan (foot) and defenseman Michael Del Zotto (hip) sat out again, as did Carolina's Jiri Tlusty.

Top Game Performances

Carolina   NY Rangers
Drayson Bowman 1 Points Brad Richards 3
Drayson Bowman 1 Goals Brad Richards 2
Patrick Dwyer 1 Assists Marian Gaborik 2
Tim Brent 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Cam Ward .857 Save Percentage Martin Biron .931
Cam Ward 24 Saves Martin Biron 27

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Carolina 29 2 1-4 3-3 6 33
NY Rangers 28 4 0-3 3-4 8 18

Upcoming Games

  • NY Rangers will play its next game at home against Pittsburgh. The Rangers have a W/L % of .651 after a win and .615 after a loss.
  • Carolina will play its next game at home against St. Louis. The Hurricanes have a W/L % of .269 after a win and .432 after a loss.
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