CAR
33-33-16
NYR
51-24-7

29 SOG
28 SOG

Top line reminds Carolina that the Rangers are No. 1

xxx | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

2011-12 Game No. 69; Home Game No. 33 Rangers' Record: 44-18-7
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GAME RECAP

Associated Press

Brad Richards scored twice and Martin Biron, a last-minute replacement for Henrik Lundqvist, made 27 saves as the Rangers beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 on Tuesday.

The Blueshirts' top line had a stellar night. Marian Gaborik also scored, and Carl Hagelin had a goal and assisted on both of Richards' goals as they combined for four goals and nine points.

Since that combination was put together three games ago, Richards has five goals following a 14-game stretch in which he scored only once.

"I'm feeling a lot better," Richards said. "It's always nice when things go in. That helps how you feel and how you come to the rink. It's nice to help the team, and get rewarded for some of the plays we are making."

Richards was supposed to be the center who would bring out the best in Gaborik. They didn't click at the start of the season, but that changed when they were reunited again for the first time since then. The rookie Hagelin joined the trio, and the line has been potent.

"It's a lot of fun for me to be able to play with those two guys," Hagelin said. "Trading all the chances we had is a lot of fun. That's the feeling you want to have when you get on the ice, that if you do you're job defensively, you'll get your chances offensively."

The victory extended the Rangers lead in both the Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division to six points over Pittsburgh heading into a home game against the Penguins on Thursday.
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STATS OF THE GAME
The Rangers have now won six consecutive games at Madison Square Garden. They also completed their season series against Carolina with a 4-0-0 record, marking the first time since the 2002-03 season the Rangers swept the season series against the Hurricanes (4-0-0).

THREE STARS
(selected by the local media)
1. Richards 2. Hagelin 3. Gaborik


THE BIGGER PICTURE
With 44 wins through 69 games, the Rangers are on the brink of registering their most victories since the 1993-94 championship season and can break that team's record of 52 wins by taking nine of the last 13 games which would be consistent with their pace this year.
RANGERS LEADERS
Icetime -- Staal (24:30)
Shots -- Gaborik (6)
Hits -- Bickel (3)
Blocks -- Boyle, Fedotenko (4)
Takeaways -- Stepan (2)
Faceoffs -- Boyle (18)

NEW YORK RANGERS LINEUP VS. CAROLINA
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Carl Hagelin Brad Richards Marian Gaborik
Artem Anisimov Derek Stepan Brandon Dubinsky
Ruslan Fedotenko Brian Boyle Brandon Prust
Mike Rupp John Mitchell Mats Zuccarello
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Marc Staal Stu Bickel
Steve Eminger Anton Stralman
Goaltenders: Martin Biron, Chad Johnson
Starting Lineup: Biron, Staal, Bickel, Hagelin, Richards, Gaborik.
POWER PLAY UNITS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Mats Zuccarello Brian Boyle Marian Gaborik
Artem Anisimov Derek Stepan John Mitchell
POINT MEN
Left Point Right Point
Brad Richards Anton Stralman
Marc Staal Dan Girardi
PENALTY KILLING UNITS
FORWARD UNITS
Forward Forward
Brandon Prust Boyle/Dubinsky
Ruslan Fedotenko Artem Anisimov
Carl Hagelin Derek Stepan
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Marc Staal Eminger/Bickel
1st2nd3rdT
CAR
NYR
Scoring Summary
1st Period
03:02NYR Marian Gaborik (34) ASST: Dan Girardi (20), John Mitchell (10) 1 - 0 NYR
2nd Period
10:12NYR Brad Richards (22) ASST: Carl Hagelin (19) 2 - 0 NYR
13:11NYR Brad Richards (23) ASST: Carl Hagelin (20), Marian Gaborik (29) 3 - 0 NYR
14:44CAR PPG - Tim Brent (10) ASST: Eric Staal (41), Jeff Skinner (21) 3 - 1 NYR
15:16CAR Drayson Bowman (3) ASST: Brandon Sutter (13), Patrick Dwyer (6) 3 - 2 NYR
3rd Period
13:00NYR Carl Hagelin (13) ASST: Marian Gaborik (30), Brad Richards (30) 4 - 2 NYR
Three Stars of the Game
Brad Richards
1st
Brad Richards
C
G: 2Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 23:31
Carl Hagelin
2nd
Carl Hagelin
LW
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 2
+/-: 4TOI: 19:32
Marian Gaborik
3rd
Marian Gaborik
RW
G: 1Shots: 6
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 4TOI: 22:11
Penalty Summary
1st Period
03:34NYR Stu Bickel  Holding against  Jeff Skinner
12:27NYR Carl Hagelin  Hi-sticking against  Andreas Nodl
2nd Period
01:42NYR Ruslan Fedotenko  Interference against  Tuomo Ruutu
02:41CAR Chad LaRose  Tripping against  Artem Anisimov
13:34NYR Mats Zuccarello  Tripping against  Tim Gleason
19:29CAR Tim Gleason  Hi-sticking against  Ruslan Fedotenko
3rd Period
01:22CAR Andreas Nodl  Holding against  Artem Anisimov
shots by period
PeriodCARNYR
1st910
2nd1112
3rd96
Total2928
Team Stats
CategoryCARNYR
Power Plays1/40/3
Hits2020
Faceoff Wins3318
Giveaways85
Takeaways05
Blocked Shots1319
Penalty Minutes68
  • CAROLINA
  • NY RANGERS
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
4J. McBainD00-11024:24
5B. AllenD00-10015:34
6T. GleasonD00-11219:44
12E. StaalC01-14020:56
14A. NodlR00-11211:10
15T. RuutuR00-12016:57
16B. SutterC0113014:46
21D. BowmanL1013012:48
24B. SanguinettiD00-1009:39
27D. JoslinD00-1005:35
28J. FaulkD00-11028:16
36J. JokinenL00-20020:56
37T. BrentC10-13014:23
39P. DwyerR0112012:40
44J. HarrisonD00-11020:39
53J. SkinnerL01-24021:05
59C. LaRoseR00-23220:15
71J. SamsonR00-1006:21
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
30C. Ward2428.85757:52
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
5D. GirardiD0121024:25
8B. PrustL0001013:58
10M. GaborikR1246022:11
17B. DubinskyC00-10010:10
18M. StaalD0021024:30
19B. RichardsC2134023:31
21D. StepanC00-11012:58
22B. BoyleC0002015:05
26R. FedotenkoL0002215:34
27R. McDonaghD0020023:16
32A. StralmanD00-11013:06
34J. MitchellC011009:57
36M. ZuccarelloL0001212:03
41S. BickelD0022221:54
42A. AnisimovC0001013:04
44S. EmingerD00-1009:23
62C. HagelinL1245219:32
71M. RuppL00-1008:13
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
43M. Biron2729.93160:00