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3/31/16 Rangers vs. Hurricanes

game recap

Third-period rally helps Hurricanes top Rangers

New York fails to clinch playoff berth, falls to third place in division

by Kurt Dusterberg / NHL.com Correspondent

RALEIGH, N.C. -- On a night when PNC Arena was alive with tributes and sentiments for former Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal, his ex-teammates continued their ascent toward a promising future.

Jeff Skinner and Victor Rask scored in the third period to lift the Hurricanes to a 4-3 come-from-behind win against the New York Rangers on Thursday.

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Situation Room

Coach's Challenge: NYR @ CAR - 9:06 of 3rd Period

Original call stands, good goal Hurricanes

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Situation Room: NYR vs. CAR

Situation Room: Rask's goal stands after review

3/31/16: Victor Rask scores a power-play goal and after a coach's challenge, it is determined that there was no offsides on the play

  • 04:08 •

At 9:06 of the third period in the Rangers/Hurricanes game, New York requested a Coach's Challenge to review whether Carolina was off-side before the puck entered the net.

After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Linesmen were inconclusive in determining whether the Hurricanes were off-side prior to the goal. According to Rule 78.7, "if a review is not conclusive and/or there is any doubt whatsoever as to whether the call on the ice was correct, the On-Ice Official(s) will be instructed to confirm their original call."

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NHL Insider

Eric Staal soaking in memories in Carolina return

Rangers forward adjusting to trade, eager for playoff run after time with Hurricanes

by Kurt Dusterberg / NHL.com Correspondent

Eric Staal Pregame -- 3.31.16

Staal on Returning to Carolina

Eric Staal talks about returning to Carolina for the first time tonight

  • 04:08 •

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The New York Rangers waited to take the ice Thursday morning when the Zamboni made its last passes across the PNC Arena ice surface. While most of the players crowded close to the door, Eric Staal stayed at the back of the group, cradling his stick around his shoulders, smiling, almost in anticipation.

"Just go!" one of his teammates shouted.

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game preview

Eric Staal back in Carolina as Rangers eye playoffs

Former Hurricanes captain returns for first time since trade

by Kurt Dusterberg / NHL.com Correspondent

RANGERS (43-24-9) at HURRICANES (33-28-16)

TV: 7 p.m. ET; MSG, FS-CR, NHL.TV

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The New York Rangers can clinch a Stanley Cup playoff berth in the Eastern Conference with a regulation or overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday.

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NHL Insider

Familiar territory, foreign feeling for Eric Staal

Rangers forward ready to play as visitor in first game against Hurricanes

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

Eric Staal will have to try to remember which way to go when he returns to PNC Arena with the New York Rangers to play the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; MSG, FS-CR, NHL.TV).

"I've got to make sure I turn left," Staal said.

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