Artemi Panarin notched his 21st goal of the season, Mika Zibanejad scored two of his own, and the Rangers held on to beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-3 at the Garden on Friday night.
Lucas Wallmark got the Hurricanes on board first with his seventh goal of the season, but the Rangers answered back, as Zibanejad scored his first of the game to even things up at 1-1 after the first period.
The second period belonged to the Rangers, as the Blueshirts scored the first three goals of the middle 20 minutes. After Chris Kreider gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead just 87 seconds into the period, Panarin lit the lamp for the 21st time this season, marking his eighth goal in his last nine games. Zibanejad then made it 4-1 with his 14th goal of the season and second of the game, giving him 12 points in his last seven games.
The Hurricanes refused to go quietly, though. After Brett Pesce scored late in the second to make it a two-goal game, Sebastian Aho recorded his 22nd goal of the season to shrink the Rangers' lead to 4-3.
Maintaining that 4-3 lead with under seven minutes to play in the third, Panarin made an unbelievable pass out of the corner to find Ryan Strome, who had only scored one goal in the last 18 games, to double the Rangers' lead to 5-3.
In the final minutes, the Rangers killed off a Hurricanes' power play, securing a 5-3 win.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 39 of 42 shots, improving to 3-0-0 against Carolina this season.