The Carolina Hurricanes and New York Rangers battled back and forth on Saturday night before the Rangers finally prevailed with a 3-2 shootout win at the PNC Arena.
None of the shooters in the shootout for Carolina, Elias Lindholm, Riley Nash, and Jeff Skinner, could solve Cam Talbot. Mats Zuccarello scored the only shootout goal for the game-winner.
The Canes are now 4 wins and 7 losses for the season in shootouts.
After a rousing pregame ceremony which celebrated 20 years of announcing by the outstanding, John Forslund, Lindholm put the home team ahead 1-0 when his shot trickled through Talbot's five-hole, just 2:01 into the game.
The Rangers came on strong in the second period though and dominated while outshooting the Canes, 14-5 in the period. Miller and Fast both had open chances to beat Khudobin, who ended up making 27 saves on 29 shots for the game.
The Hurricanes did not fade away though and rallied in the third, while maintaining much better puck possession than they did in the second period. With less than five minutes in the game, they finally broke through when Ryan Murphy fired one in from deep. Both Jordan Staal and Nash were in the crease, bothering Talbot on the play.
After an exciting but scoreless overtime, Zuccarello made his pretty move to end it.
Carolina went 1-3-1 in the last home stand and the team will start this one off with a loss. Things don't get any easier with the Blackhawks coming to town on Monday.
- The Canes outshot the Rangers 30-29 for the game and were led by Victor Rask with six and Ron Hainsey with five.
- Brett Bellemore had a game high nine hits. The home team was outhit 46-28 for the game.
- The fourth line of Terry, McClement, and Dwyer had a rough night and was on the ice for both goals against.
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