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REVIEW: HURRICANES 4, RANGERS 3

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

RALEIGH -- Martin Gelinas scored two goals and added an assist and Rob DiMaio notched the game-winning goal as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the New York Rangers 4-3 in front of 16,280 at the Entertainment and Sports Arena.

DiMaio (one goal, one assist) won it for Carolina with his fourth goal of the season, assisted by Gelinas and Wesley at 15:51 of the third period -- after the Hurricanes had surrendered a 3-0 lead to three consecutive Rangers goals.

The Hurricanes jumped on the Rangers early, establishing a 2-0 lead midway through the first period. Jeff O'Neill, playing in his 400th career NHL game, started the scoring for the Hurricanes by notching his seventh goal in eight games at the 2:59 mark to give Carolina a 1-0 lead, his 13th goal of the season. Gelinas made it 2-0 at 3:50, assisted by DiMaio and Rod Brind'Amour.

Gelinas extended Carolina's lead to 3-0 at 3:50 of the second period with his 10th goal of the season, assisted by Glen Wesley and Kevin Hatcher. But the Rangers responded with three consecutive goals, tying the score at 16:20 of the second period on Theoren Fleury's 22nd goal of the season before DiMaio's third period game-winner.

BOX SCORE

First Period: Scoring: 1, Carolina, Oneill 13 (Kapanen, Francis),2:59. 2, Carolina, Gelinas 9 (power play) (Brindamour, Dimaio), 9:58.Penalties: Brindamour, Car (tripping), 0:29; Messier, Nyr (interference),8:04; Pilon, Nyr (roughing, fighting major), 11:24; Dimaio, Car (slashing,fighting major), 11:24; Vasicek, Car (interference), 13:31; Brindamour,Car (hooking), 16:53.

Second Period: Scoring: 3, Carolina, Gelinas 10 (power play) (GWesley, Hatcher), 3:50. 4, NY Rangers, Hlavac 13 (Nedved, B Brown), 4:02.5, NY Rangers, Dvorak 10 (Nedved, Leetch), 10:22. 6, NY Rangers, Fleury 22(Lefebvre), 16:20. Penalties: Leetch, Nyr (interference), 3:35; Nedved,Nyr (interference), 12:23; Pilon, Nyr (interference), 19:29.

Third Period: Scoring: 7, Carolina, Dimaio 4 (Gelinas, G Wesley),15:51. Penalties: Graves, Nyr (interference), 3:05; Kapanen, Car (highsticking), 6:34; G Wesley, Car (cross checking), 18:55.

SHOTS ON GOAL

NY Rangers 81310--31
Carolina

12
10
8
--30

Power-play Conversions: Nyr - 0 of 5, Car - 2 of 5. Goalies: NYRangers, K Mclean (16 shots, 13 saves), Yeremeyev (4:50 of 2nd period, 14,13; record: 0-1-0). Carolina, Irbe (31, 28; record: 12-13-4). A:16,280. Referees: Murphy, Warren. Linesmen: Broseker, Sericolo.

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER STATISTICS
New York    Carolina    
 GA+/-Shots GA+/-Shots
B Brown
Dvorak
Fleury
Graves
Grosek
Hlavac
Johnsson
Kamensky
Kloucek
Lacroix
Leetch
Lefebvre
Mccarthy
Messier
Nedved
Pilon
Taylor
York
0
1
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
2
0
0
0
+1
+1
+1
even
-1
+1
even
even
-1
-2
+1
+1
+1
even
+2
even
-1
+1
1
3
6
0
1
2
2
1
0
0
5
2
0
1
4
0
1
2
Adams
Battaglia
Brindamour
Dimaio
Francis
G Wesley
Gelinas
Hatcher
J Daniels
Kapanen
Karpa
Langdon
Oneill
Ozolinsh
T Westlund
Tanabe
Vasicek
Wallin
0
0
0
1
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
1
2
1
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
-1
even
even
even
even
-1
even
-1
even
even
-1
-1
even
even
-1
+1
even
even
0
1
0
1
3
5
7
2
3
3
0
0
2
0
0
0
2
1

POST-GAME QUOTES
CAROLINA HURRICANES VS. NEW YORK RANGERS
DECEMBER 27, 2000

CAROLINA HURRICANES HEAD COACH PAUL MAURICE:

On the game:
“It was a good hockey game for everybody to watch…We came out of the gate really strong in the first period obviously….Big penalty kills. A couple of power plays goals. Shooting the puck. Marty Gelinas and Robby DiMaio –they were outstanding. They played very well last night. You like to see that. They are gritty guys. In a game like that, they were rewarded for their work. They were just all over the puck. They fought and battled. Marty got his eye scratched in the first shift, and just kept going.”

“You look at the scoring sheet. We scored three. They got back into the game. But they’ve scored more goals than anybody else in the National Hockey League pretty easily…On back to back nights, we’ll take that any day.”

On the effort compared to the Tampa game:
“I take a little bit of issue that we go to play Tampa and play that poorly. That’s disrespectful to Tampa. There’s not that big a difference. You can’t go into Tampa and expect to win even if you play very well. They played a great game last night. It doesn’t work like that.”

NEW YORK RANGERS HEAD COACH RON LOW:

On the goalies:
“I didn’t like the first one, but I really didn’t pull him because I thought he played poorly. I thought that we really needed a momentum change especially after getting off the face. I thought Yeremeyev came in and played solid for us. He made some good saves, a lot of good saves.”

On the power play:
“There were some chances on the power play tonight. I wasn’t as concerned about it tonight as I was the other night. We got into the zone. We had scoring chances, some really good ones. The chances were there tonight. We had much better patience with the puck in their zone tonight.”

On Yeremeyev:
“Well it’s not an easy situation any time you come into a game and you’re totally prepared to play. The thing about him that I really liked is nothing got away from him. The rebounds stayed with him. There were a couple of screened shots that he found a way to save.”

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