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Rangers hold off Hurricanes, win 3-2 in SO

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Jesper Fast and J.T. Miller scored, and Mats Zuccarello had the lone goal in the shootout as the New York Rangers edged the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on Saturday night.

Cam Talbot shook off a 1-0 home loss to Chicago and made 28 saves to lift the Rangers to their NHL best 23rd road victory this season. Talbot made two saves in the shootout, and Carolina’s other attempt went high.

Fast’s goal at 12:59 of the second gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead after Miller had tied it 3:39 into the period.

Carolina struck first as Elias Lindholm scored 2:01 in when he slammed a low drive under Talbot’s pads. Ryan Murphy tied it with 5:33 left, but the Rangers swept the five-game season series.

New York improved to 16-3-3 since No. 1 goalie Henrik Lundqvist by a neck injury — 14-3-3 with Talbot in goal.

Lundqvist is getting closer to returning, having been cleared this week to resume practicing with the team. He has yet to do so due to the birth of his daughter on Friday.

Talbot is 18-7-4 overall this season.

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