The New York Rangers took early control of the game and held on the rest of the way to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes, 1-0 Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.
Ryan McDonagh scored the only goal just 4:10 into the game and that was all that Cam Talbot and the Rangers needed.
It was Talbot's third shutout of the season on seven starts but he was not exactly overworked as the Canes had just four shots and zero scoring chances in the first period. Carolina ended up with 18 shots on goal for the game and they were outshot in every period.
The Rangers now have eight shutouts so far this season.
Anton Khudobin was the hard luck loser as he made 30 saves on 31 shots in the losing effort. Khudobin still is looking for his first win of the season. He is 0-8-2 in 10 starts.
Meanwhile, the Hurricanes dropped to 9-20-4 and their 22 points keeps them in last place in the East as the next closest team, Buffalo, has 29. The Oilers are last in the West with 21 points.
Next up for the Canes will be the Devils on Tuesday night.
- The Canes were outshot 31-18 for the game. Elias Lindholm led the team with three.
- The Carolina penalty kill continues to do well and killed off three New York powerplays. The Hurricanes went 0-1 with the man advantage.
- Andrej Sekera led the way with 23:08 of ice time.