RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -Cam Ward stopped 28 shots in his fifth shutout of the season and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the New York Rangers 3-0 on Monday night to match a season high with their fourth straight victory.
Joe Corvo and Rod Brind'Amour scored, and Tuomo Ruutu added an empty-netter for the Hurricanes.
Carolina jumped from ninth in the Eastern Conference into a tie for fifth with Montreal with 77 points in the crowded playoff chase. The Hurricanes have won eight of 10.
The Rangers had their three-game winning streak snapped and dropped out of a playoff position for the first time this season.