The Rangers are coming off a 2-1 victory Tuesday at Carolina, as goaltender Henrik Lundqvist stopped 43 of 44 shots. It was Lundqvist's 30th career victory against the Hurricanes in 43 games.
"I had to improvise a little bit," Lundqvist told NHL.com. "It worked. It's just a good feeling to win. That's all I want to do."
Vladislav Namestnikov snapped a 1-1 tie 6:10 into the third, and Lundqvist made 18 saves in the period.
"Obviously you want to bounce back from the game we had (on Sunday), a tough loss against the Pens, and come here, a tough building, a division rival," Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad told NHL.com. "We kind of said that after the second going into the third: Just one good period and we'll be able to come out of here with two points.
"I didn't think it was our best period compared to the other games, but we did enough, we got that one goal, and Hankie shut it down."
Still, the victory left New York (26-25-8, 60) nine points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, with four teams between them and the final wild-card berth.
"I don't think the chase and the hunt for the playoffs is over by any means for us here in the locker room," Zibanejad told the New York Post. "People outside might say so, but that's up to you guys and up to the rest of the people to think what we should do and what we should not. For us, we just take it game by game. It's that simple. We can't look ahead." >> Read More
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