Rangers storm back in third to beat the Hurricanes.
It wasn't a Rembrandt.
But it was a victory. And a much needed one.
The Rangers overcome a third-period deficit, scoring 4 times in the final 20 minutes to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 in Raleigh.
It was the Rangers 10th straight win against the 'Canes - and it broke a three-game Blueshirts losing streak.
My thoughts on the game:
Special teams were special: Another shorthanded goal, the Rangers third in the last two games, including Ryan McDonagh's 11th. And the game winner was a power play goal by Derek Stepan, off a great cross-crease feed from Marty St. Louis on the 5-3 man advantage.
The King wasn't so Kingly: Henrik Lundqvist gave up a short-side goal to Jordan Staal in the first, and the penalty shot goal by Jeff Skinner. The breakaway was a strength of Lundqvist's in the past. Not so much this season. And it was the second straight game in which he yielded a penalty shot goal.
But Khoubodin kept the 'Canes in the contest - The Rangers fired 44 shots on the Carolina net minder. If not for him, the Rangers could have had a few more heading into the third.
Nash cashes in: Rick Nash gets his 20th on the season. The Rangers need him and Stepan to start putting the biscuit in the basket with regularity.
Zuke adds zip to the lineup - Yeah, its not secret that the Rangers missed Mats Zuccarello the last four games (1-2-1). But he comes back in tonight, the lines are more balanced and he adds his usual spark and spunk to the game. Plus he gets an assist on the empty-netter by Carl Hagelin to make it 4-2.
So that's it for tonight.
Storming back. Moving forward. Big win.
The bottom line - 34-26-4 heading into Sunday's Manhattan matinee against the Detroit Red Wings.