RALEIGH, N.C. -- Chris Kreider and Jesper Fast each scored two goals and Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves for the New York Rangers in a 6-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Wednesday.
Mika Zibanejad and Paul Carey also scored for the Rangers (11-9-2), who have won two in a row and eight of their past 10 games (8-2-0).
The Rangers played without defenseman Ryan McDonagh, who is out with an abdominal strain.
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"Obviously, when you lose your best defensive player, it's tough to fill that hole, but I thought our guys did a really good job," said Brendan Smith, who was plus-4. "We made the simple plays and it helped us early."
Sebastian Aho scored for the Hurricanes (9-7-4), who had won two straight.
The Rangers scored on their first two shots of the game. J.T. Miller and Smith made cross-ice passes before Kreider finished a one-timer from the right circle for a 1-0 lead at 52 seconds of the first period.
"Unbelievable play by Brendan, really heads up play," Kreider said. "There were a bunch of other ones I probably should have put in too. Guys were really looking for me."
Zibanejad pushed the lead to 2-0 at 2:26 on a mistake by Hurricanes goaltender Scott Darling. Zibanejad flipped the puck on goal from inside the red line, but Darling reached across his body with his glove and fanned on the puck.
Video: NYR@CAR: Zibanejad scores on long clearing attempt
"That's a tough one to give up obviously," Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said. "That's not how you envision the start. I thought our start was poor."
The Hurricanes made it 2-1 when Aho took a pass in the right circle from Teuvo Teravainen for a power-play goal at 8:50, extending Aho's goal-scoring streak to five games.
Carey scored his first of the season at 10:47 for a 3-1 lead. Darling made two saves before Carey put home a rebound at the top of the crease.
Kreider extended the Rangers lead to 4-1 on a power-play goal 20 seconds into the third period when he took Mats Zuccarello's backhand feed across the slot and slipped the puck under Darling.
Video: NYR@CAR: Kreider nets PPG for second of the night
"They get the first one there on their power play, (then) we got outworked pretty much the remainder of the third period," Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk said.
Fast scored twice in the third period. He made it 5-1 when Kevin Hayes slid a pass to the slot for his second of the season at 5:45.
Steven Kampfer's long pass below the circles set up Fast for a one-timer for a 6-1 lead at 12:26.
Darling made 21 saves for the Hurricanes.
Video: NYR@CAR: Fast fires home gorgeous feed from Hayes
Goal of the game
Kreider's one-timer 52 seconds into the first period.
Video: NYR@CAR: Kreider finishes a great feed from Smith
Save of the game
Lundqvist's glove save on Jordan Staal at 13:56 of the first period.
Video: NYR@CAR: Lundqvist shuts down Faulk, Staal
Highlight of the game
Kampfer's pass on Fast's goal at 12:26 of the third period.
Video: NYR@CAR: Fast nets his second on Kampfer's feed
They said it
"We came ready to play. I don't think we gave them three or four chances 5-on-5 in the whole game. We needed guys to step up on defense. This was probably Smith's best game of the year tonight both offensively and defensively." -- Rangers coach Alain Vigneault
"We were slow to pucks, we were slow defensively. We didn't close on anybody and when we did close, we weren't physical enough to put an end to the cycle or their offensive zone motion. We were shorthanded for 49 seconds to start the third and they scored on it. Then that was the air out of the balloon for us. We didn't compete from that point on very hard." -- Hurricanes coach Bill Peters
Need to know
Nick Holden (22:00), Smith (19:56) and Kampfer (17:35) each had a season-high in ice time. ... Lundqvist improved to 26-11-1 against the Hurricanes. … Justin Williams played in his 1,100th NHL regular-season game.
Rangers: Host the Detroit Red Wings on Friday (7 p.m. ET; MSG 2, FS-D, NHL.TV)
Hurricanes: Host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday (7:30 p.m. ET; TSN 4, FS-CR, NHL.TV
Video: Kreider, Fast lead Rangers past Hurricanes, 6-1