RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Jordan Staal and Jiri Tlusty both had a goal and an assist, and the Carolina Hurricanes snapped a 10-game losing streak against the New York Rangers with a 3-1 win on Tuesday night.
Elias Lindholm added an insurance goal for Carolina late in the third period. Cam Ward made 24 saves for his first win since Dec. 31.
Kevin Klein had the Rangers’ goal, scoring for the first time since being acquired from Nashville on Jan. 22. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 32 shots.
The Rangers had outscored the Hurricanes 40-19 in the teams’ previous 10 meetings, including a 4-2 road victory on Friday. Carolina also snapped New York’s six-game winning streak in Raleigh.
The Rangers, 8-4-1 in their past 13 games, remained one point ahead of Philadelphia for second place in the Metropolitan Division.
Carolina had lost seven of eight to fall well behind in the Metropolitan Division race. The Hurricanes were outscored 30-16 in that stretch.
After a scoreless first period, Carolina took a 1-0 lead just 33 seconds into the second period.
Alexander Semin worked hard to control the puck in the offensive zone, eventually feeding it back to Andrej Sekera at the point. Sekera passed to Staal along the goal line, and Staal slid the puck under defenseman Anton Stralman to Tlusty for a one-timer that beat Lundqvist.
New York tied it 1-1 just 3:49 later when Mats Zuccarello found Klein trailing the play on a rush. Klein was open in the slot, and his wrist shot went above Ward’s left shoulder.
Carolina took a 2-1 lead with 1:42 left in the second. Staal outraced Stralman for the puck along the boards in the Rangers’ zone and knocked it in front of Lundqvist. Tlusty gathered the puck to the right of Lundqvist and fed it back to a wide-open Staal before New York’s defense could recover.
Lindholm then finished the scoring with 5:29 remaining off a rebound of Jeff Skinner’s original shot.
NOTES: Carolina’s Jay Harrison played in his 300th NHL game. . The Hurricanes’ John-Michael Liles missed his second straight game with an upper body injury. . New York’s Derek Stepan had a six-game point streak snapped. Stepan had one goal and eight assists in that span.
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