RALEIGH, N.C. -- The New York Rangers got the win they were seeking, but they weren't willing to take much credit for how it happened.
"The last couple weeks we haven't played our best hockey, but we've still managed to win," Zuccarello said. "That shows that we're a good team. Hopefully we can come back to playing our style now."
The Hurricanes (26-35-10) have lost eight out of their past 10 games.
Carolina scored the first goal on the second shot of the game, one that Talbot misplayed. Elias Lindholm took a slap shot from the right circle that went between the goaltender's pads at 2:01. Danny Biega, playing in his second NHL game, earned an assist for his first career point.
"I let one in that I would like to have back right off the hop there," said Talbot, who had allowed one goal or fewer in regulation in his previous seven games. "It's never easy when your goalie puts you behind the eight ball like that.
"I knew I got a big chunk of it. When I looked back, the puck was just crossing the line. I was trying to deflect it to the corner, but I didn't get enough of it and it squeaked through."
Hurricanes goalie Anton Khudobin (27 saves) kept the Rangers scoreless on a strong sequence in the middle of the first period. He stopped Kevin Hayes from the slot before turning away Fast's rebound bid at the right post.
The Rangers dominated the offensive chances in the second period. New York tied it early on a set play off a faceoff when Miller scored his eighth on the backhand at 3:39. Derick Brassard won the draw to Zuccarello, who curled toward the boards and fed Miller.
"Goals are nice, but it's when I play a consistent game that's more important to me," Miller said. "When you get your chances is when you feel good. It's when you're not getting your chances is when it's tough."
Fast converted a highlight-reel goal to put the Rangers up 2-1 at 12:59. From the left-wing boards, Hayes slipped a pass to Fast in the slot, and he gathered the puck on the backhand, spun to his forehand and put it over Khudobin's glove.
"I know I'm a third- or fourth-line player and I need to do the work here," said the Swedish forward, who has five goals in 57 NHL games. "Of course, I have to help the team on the scoreboard sometimes, but my big focus is to play the right way and do the smart things out there."
"They battle hard for every puck," Zuccarello said. "Obviously, we're not happy about our third period. We were really flat protecting the lead. We still have to make plays and play with confidence when we have the lead. At the same time, they played well. They play tight, they're hard on the puck."
In the shootout, Talbot forced Lindholm high, and then stopped Nash with his left pad. Zuccarello then waited out Khudobin, using his reach to tuck a forehand around the Carolina goaltender.
"I just came with speed, tried to make a move and see if he bites," said Zuccarello, who scored his 12th career shootout goal in 26 attempts. "He almost got it with his stick, but it's nice to see it go in."
That left Talbot to redeem himself against Jeff Skinner.
"Just stay as patient as possible," said Talbot, who has won five out of six. "When [Skinner] got close enough, I just threw my stick out there to hopefully make him make a move that he didn't want to make. He tried to shovel it blocker side, and I got a pad on it."
The Hurricanes are 2-5-3 in their past 10, owing some of their troubles to a lack of offensive production from veterans. Eric Staal, Jordan Staal, Alexander Semin and Skinner have not scored in the past six games.
"I thought we were better early, and then they took over in the second half of the first period and controlled the majority of the second," Carolina coach Bill Peters said. "I thought we had a couple good looks late in the third and then in OT, but it wasn't meant to be this evening."
The Rangers, who are second in the Eastern Conference with 97 points, return home Sunday to face the Anaheim Ducks, who lead the Western Conference with 99 points.
"They're one of the best teams in the League, and there's quite a few that are battling for position, and we're one of those," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "Two good teams are going to meet and it should be a great hockey game."