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Monday, 03.18.2013 / 10:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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NEW YORK, N.Y. - Rangers rookie J.T. Miller fumbled his way to a goal in the third round of a shootout and New York snapped a three-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday night.

The 20-year-old Miller skated in slowly on Dan Ellis and briefly lost the puck before calmly gathering it and scoring from a tough angle near the goal line. Rick Nash scored in the opening round of the tiebreaker and Henrik Lundqvist stopped both Carolina tries.

The Rangers (14-12-2) moved into ninth place in the Eastern Conference — two points behind Carolina (15-11-2), which lost its third straight (0-2-1). It was the Hurricanes' first shootout of the season.

Carolina's Eric Staal scored in the first period, and Derek Stepan tied it in the second for the Rangers. The rest of the game belonged to the goalies: Lundqvist, who made 29 saves, and Carolina counterpart Ellis, who stopped 35 shots in his third start since No. 1 goalie Cam Ward was injured March 3.

LIGHTNING 4, FLYERS 2

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Teddy Purcell scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period to lift Tampa Bay to a win over Philadelphia.

Purcell's in-close deflection at 9:25 of the third came shortly after the Lightning killed off a short-handed situation. Ondrej Palat, Tom Pyatt and Steven Stamkos also scored for Tampa Bay, which improved to 12-1 when leading after the first period. Stamkos scored his 21st goal this season into an empty net with 3 seconds to play.

Maxime Talbot and Claude Giroux scored for Philadelphia, while defenceman Kimmo Timonen played in his 1,000th NHL game on his 38th birthday.

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