After trailing for most of the first 40 minutes, the Rangers scored their first and only goal.
K’Andre Miller scored the game-winner near the halfway point of the third period, when the 22-year-old defenseman deflected Mika Zibanejad’s shot from the top of the zone to give the Rangers a 5-3 win. The Metropolitan Division-leading Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night. Carolina, whose 11-game winning streak was snapped, was on track to extend its hitting streak to 18 games, but the Rangers rallied to win the first meeting between the teams. tied at time z. Carolina’s season in the second round of the playoffs last spring.
Every time the Rangers tried to recover and catch their breath, the puck would end up at center ice and the Hurricanes would pile up the offensive zone to get back in front. Twice, the Rangers had no goals before Carolina scored another goal to keep the hosts within one.
Jacob Trouba’s power play goal may have tied the score at 1-1 in the first half, but it lasted just 16 seconds.
The Rangers were caught puck watching at the other end as the Hurricanes’ Andrey Svechnikov fed Martin Nekas for a one-timer that gave Carolina its first break.
Zibanejad’s pass attempt to Vincent Trocheck deflected past Canes goalie Pyotr Kochetkov to tie the game at 29 seconds into the second half.
The Rangers couldn’t get out of their own zone, allowing Hurricanes defenseman Jalen Chatfield to tip Filip Chytil for a 3-2 halftime lead.
After Artemi Panarin tied the game with 36 seconds left in the third period, the Rangers actively prepared for the Hurricanes’ comeback. Third time’s the charm. Still, the Rangers scored in time to give themselves a chance against the NHL’s No. 2 team.
The Hurricanes were a formidable force and the Rangers struggled with it. After Igor Shesterkin denied Nekas a one-timer, Carolina put the puck in the back of the net and Brent Burns opened the scoring in the first half. The Rangers had trouble getting out of their zone for most of the night, which allowed the Canes to do what they do best and overwhelm the home team in dangerous areas of the ice.
Despite the power play unit’s recent success — when they went 2-for-4 against the Panthers last weekend — it was the second power-play group that took out the Rangers in the first period on Tuesday. It’s done. . Trouba’s shot from the top of the zone clipped the skate of Carolina defenseman Chatfield and went in for the second power-play unit’s second goal of the season.