Hurricanes score 3 goals in 3rd to overthrow Rangers 4-2 | Sports News

By ALLAN KREDA, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Seth Jarvis and Jordan Staal scored third-period goals and Frederik Andersen made 28 saves as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the New York Rangers 4-2 on Tuesday night in a showdown for first place in the metropolitan division.

Chris Kreider scored late for his 50th goal of the season, but Carolina trailed second-placed New York by four points with eight games left in the regular season. Kreider became the fourth player in Rangers history to reach the milestone.

The Rangers ended their three-game winning streak but are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games. They clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 2017 with a win over Ottawa last Saturday and are 24-8-4 at home.

After the teams traded goals in the second period, Jarvis put the Hurricanes ahead at 1:04 of the third, taking a pass from Sebastian Aho and backhanding Rangers goalkeeper Igor Shesterkin. Aho finished with a goal and two assists. He leads the Hurricanes with 41 assists and 75 points.

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The goal was the 14th of the season for rookie Jarvis, a 2020 first-round pick from Carolina. Former Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei also assisted.

Staal, the Hurricanes captain, made it 3-1 at 6:42 with his 14th goal. Staal has scored six goals in his last four games. Skjei and another former Ranger, forward Jesper Fast, got assists.

Kreider scored his scoring goal at 18:22 but Aho added an empty goal, his 34th, at 19:54 to complete the scoring.

With a chance to tie the Hurricanes for first place, the Rangers hosted Carolina on their first visit to Madison Square Garden since Dec. 27, 2019.

The Rangers went 18-1-0 in their last 19 home games against the Hurricanes, who proved why they’ve been top of the division for most of the season.

The teams shared the first two meetings this season in North Carolina. The Hurricanes won 6-3 on January 21, then the Rangers won 2-0 on March 20.

The Rangers outscored the Hurricanes 14-8 in a scoreless first before defenseman K’Andre Miller opened the scoring at 1:03 of the second. Miller converted a pass from Mika Zibanejad for his seventh goal of the season. Frank Vatrano also helped.

Zibanejad has a career-best 48 assists, including four in his last three games. He has points in 10 of his last 13 games.

Vatrano has six goals and four assists in 14 games for the Rangers since being acquired from Florida last month.

Andrei Svechnikov tied the game for Carolina at 13:38 of the second with his 29th goal. Svechnikov managed to get the puck off Shesterkin’s skate behind the goal line. Assists went to Jarvis and Aho.

Vic Hadfield, the first Rangers player to hit the 50-goal mark in 1972, said he was delighted to have Kreider join an exclusive club which also includes Adam Graves and Jaromir Jagr.

“He’s a special player. He puts himself in the right position, gets into that frontcourt where nobody is. He does it so well,” said Hadfield, who has scored 262 goals for Rangers and whose jersey retired No. 11 hangs from the rafters of the Garden. “No one is happier than me. It couldn’t happen to a nicer child.

The Hurricanes have six former Rangers on their roster and four – Skjei, Tony DeAngelo, Brendan Smith and Fast – played on Tuesday. Goalkeeper Antti Raanta was Andersen’s backup while forward Derek Stepan – who played seven seasons for Rangers plus 97 playoff games – was eliminated. Fast received a solo video tribute at the start of the first period, followed by a combination video acknowledging Skjei, Smith and DeAngelo.

NOTES: The teams meet on April 26 at the MSG. … Rangers have withdrawn strikers Greg McKegg, Filip Chytil, Julien Gauther, Tyler Motte and Jonny Brodzinski as well as defenders Patrik Nemeth and Libor Hajek. … The Hurricanes also skinned Jesperi Kotkaniemi and defenseman Ethan Bear.

Rangers: Visit the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday.

Hurricanes: Host the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday.

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