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Zibanejad, Panarin each has three points, Rangers top Hurricanes

Lundqvist makes 39 saves to help send Carolina to third straight loss

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

Zibanejad's second PPG of game

CAR@NYR: Zibanejad cleans puck up for second PPG

Mika Zibanejad spots a loose puck after a defender's block and whips it by James Reimer for his second power-play goal of the game

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NEW YORK -- Mika Zibanejad and Artemi Panarin each had three points, Henrik Lundqvist made 39 saves, and the New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 5-3 at Madison Square Garden on Friday.

The Rangers are 3-0-0 against Carolina this season.

"I thought we played pretty well and deserved the two points," Zibanejad said. "It was a combination of things today."

 

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Zibanejad had two power play goals and an assist on Chris Kreider's go-ahead goal in the second period, giving him 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in his past seven games.

Panarin had a goal and two assists, giving him 14 points (eight goals, six assists) in his past nine games.

Video: CAR@NYR: Zibanejad nets PPG on Kreider's set-up

The Rangers (18-15-4) were 5-for-5 on the penalty kill and 2-for-4 on the power play after going 0-for-18 with the man-advantage in their previous five games.

"Special teams are the story of the game," Rangers coach David Quinn said. "We get two power play goals and our penalty kill was huge."

Lucas Wallmark had a goal and an assist, and James Reimer made 19 saves for the Hurricanes (22-14-2), who have lost three games in a row in regulation after going 6-0-1 in their previous seven.

"A lot of our losses we've played really well, it's just unfortunate we weren't able to capitalize on our power play," Carolina coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "We actually had quite a few good looks and they got two on theirs. That's the difference in the game, really." 

Video: CAR@NYR: Panarin scores amid scramble in front

New York forward Brendan Lemieux sustained a fractured hand, Quinn said. Quinn didn't have details on a timeframe for Lemieux's injury or if the Rangers would recall a forward from Hartford of the American Hockey League prior to playing at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.

"That's a tough one to swallow for us," Quinn said.

Wallmark gave Carolina a 1-0 lead at 5:15 of the first period.

Video: CAR@NYR: Teravainen sets up Wallmark off turnover

The Rangers killed two Carolina power plays before Zibanejad scored a power-play goal off a no-look behind the back pass from Kreider at 16:31, tying the game at 1-1.

"I called for it, but apparently he didn't hear me so he made the pass praying and hoping I was there," Zibanejad said. "It was an unbelievable pass."

Kreider was the recipient of a pass from Zibanejad on a 2-on-1 early in the second period, giving the Rangers a 2-1 lead at 1:27. Zibanejad faked a shot in the right circle before moving it across to Kreider in the left circle.

New York killed two more Carolina power plays before Panarin scored to make it 3-1 at 7:29.

Prior to Panarin's goal, Carolina had a would-be game-tying power-play goal by Sebastian Aho overturned after the Rangers challenged for offside at 5:28.

"Really a big, big momentum change in the game," Quinn said.

Aho felt it shouldn't have made that big of a difference because the Hurricanes still had 1:18 remaining on the power play.

"There is no excuse," he said. "We should get another one and take the momentum back."

Zibanejad made it 4-1 at 13:14.

The Hurricanes cut it to 4-2 at 17:11, when Wallmark setup Brett Pesce for a one-timer. Aho made it 4-3 at 1:40 of the third period, scoring off a rebound for his NHL-leading 19th goal since Nov. 1.

Panarin's pass from out of the corner setup Ryan Strome in the slot at 13:49 to make it 5-3.

"The effort was there all night and we worked hard, but we gave too many easy goals to them," Aho said. "It's not hard enough to win against us right now. The game is right there. We play well enough and we have a lot of scoring chances. The system works, obviously. When we have a chance, we have to be a little bit sharper."

Video: CAR@NYR: Strome crashes the net to pad lead

 

They said it

"They got too many easy ones. Unfortunately, right now that's how it's going for us. It seems like when we have a breakdown it's right in our net. That's hockey. We've got to bounce back." -- Carolina coach Rod Brind'Amour

"Every time we win the special teams battle we seem to win the game. Our PK was exceptional. Two power play goals tonight. I don't know, for some reason with our team we seem to ride or die with our special teams and tonight was a great example of some great, gutsy efforts on the PK, obviously [Lundqvist] made some great saves and some timely goals." -- Rangers forward Ryan Strome

 

Need to know

Lundqvist has started all three games against the Hurricanes this season, allowing seven goals on 132 shots (.947 save percentage). He has faced at least 42 shots in each game. … New York is 13-2-1 when outscoring its opponent on special teams this season. … The Rangers are 30-6-0 against Carolina since Feb. 22, 2011.

 

What's next

Hurricanes: Host the Washington Capitals on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, FS-CR, NBCSWA, NHL.TV)

Rangers: At the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, CBC, SN1, SNO, SNW, SNP, MSG+, NHL.TV)

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