TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. --
In what was perhaps the most exciting finish to a game in the 2011 Traverse City Tournament, Justin Shugg
connected 2:19 into the second overtime off a breakaway to bring the Carolina Hurricanes
their first victory of the tournament, 4-3, against the New York Rangers
Shugg received his opportunity after a nifty theft on Christian Thomas
at the Carolina blue line before speeding, uncontested, down right wing. Despite the loss, the Rangers still advance to the tournament championship game against the Buffalo Sabres
on Wednesday at Center ICE Arena.
The Rangers snapped a 2-2 tie in the first when Christian Thomas
converted a feed from Shane McColgan
with just one second on the clock. Jonathan Audy-Marchessault
and McColgan also collected goals for the Rangers, who suffered their first loss of the tournament.
and Tyler Carroll
connected for Carolina in the opening period.
scored 17:42 into the second to pull the Hurricanes into a 3-3 tie. Both goalies played well throughout. Carolina goalie Mavric Parks
stopped 38 of 41 shots, including 23 in the third period. Rangers goalie Jason Misssiaen turned aside 35 shots in the loss.