Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves on 32 shots and led the New York Rangers to a 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.
New York has not lost at home to Carolina since October, 2010 and Lundqvist is 20-9-1 against the Hurricanes with better than a .925 save percentage.
The Canes fell behind early, starting when Rick Nash stole a Andrej Sekera pass and beat Cam Ward to make it 1-0, six minutes and change into the game.
The Rangers made it 2-0 when Dominic Moore skated around Justin Faulk and beat Ward five-hole with a shorthanded goal 10:57 into the first.
The Hurricanes outshot the Rangers 15-8 in that period but went to the dressing room at intermission down by two goals.
Brad Malone continued his hot play and redirected a Ryan Murphy feed past Lundqvist to make it 2-1 early in the second period, but that would be all she wrote for the Canes.
The Rangers outshot Carolina the rest of the way and scored two goals within 21 seconds in the third period to take control of the game.
Lundqvist had a scary moment in the second period when he was hit in the throat, either by a teammates's stick or puck, or both, but after a delay and a check up by medical staff, he gathered his wits and went on to play.
The Canes continue their road trip as their next game will be in Anaheim on Tuesday night.
- Alexander Semin returned to action this game and played with the Staal brothers. He had two shots on goal and four shots blocked in 17:01 of ice time.
- The Canes were outshot 37-32 in the game and were led by Ryan Murphy and Nathan Gerbe with five shots each.
- Tim Gleason had a team high four blocked shots.
- Jordan Staal won 74% of his faceoffs.