Mika Zibanejad scored two power play goals, but Sebastian Aho tallied twice in the third period as the Hurricanes rallied for a 4-3 win over the Rangers Thursday night at PNC Arena. >> Read more
- 7:24 NYR Chris Kreider (power play); Assists: Derek Stepan, Ryan McDonagh
- 13:15 CAR Jeff Skinner; Assists: Victor Rask
- 13:44 CAR Valentin Zykov; Assists: Sebastian Aho, Jordan Staal
- 7:16 NYR Mike Zibanejad (power play); Assists: Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan
- 16:42 NYR Mike Zibanejad (power play); Assists: NONE
- 9:04 CAR Sebastian Aho (power play); Assists: Teuvo Teravainen, Justin Faulk
- 12:28 CAR Sebastian Aho (power play); Assists: Jordan Staal, Elias Lindholm
- On a night when the Rangers PP found life it was their PK and a bad third period that did them in.
- The Rangers were not great in the first, despite nearly twice as many shots, and seemed ready, willing and able to squander their 5 on 3 before Derek Stepan was able to feed Chris Kreider in front. They were much better in the second, grabbed the lead with two PP goals and seemed on their way to finding a way to win another game on the road.
- I don't know what to make of these goalie interference calls and reviews. On first glance I didn't see anything wrong. Upon the next couple of replays it was clear that there was some contact at the top of the crease but it went against the Rangers. Right or wrong the game was tied and the Rangers then let Carolina go ahead and pick up the two points.
- Overall the third period was just not good enough. Carolina jumped to another level and the Rangers couldn't seem to do much to match the urgency that Carolina was bringing.
- I don't know what else Derek Stepan can do. He had 10 shots on goal, a bunch of them really quality chances, hit the post late in the third and just can't buy a goal. He had two assists, but Stepan has to carry this scoring drought with him at least until Sunday.
- Good for Mika Zibanejad to get the two PP goals and hopefully that gets his game going.
- It's very easy and simple to say this, but I believe it to be true, the Rangers will only be able to go as far as their special teams will take them. 5 on 5 I think they can pretty much play with anyone. If the games in the playoffs stay at even strength then I think the Rangers could do pretty well but the PP is streaky at absolute best and the PK though just hasn't been good enough. Of course the PP tonight was missing Rick Nash, Michael Grabner and Jesper Fast, but overall the Rangers need to be much better both on the PP and PK as they head into the playoffs.
The Rangers travel to Detroit to play the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena Sunday at 7 p.m. ET.