Notes on the game
With the loss, the Rangers are four points behind the Hurricanes and five points ahead of the Penguins who lost in a shootout. Washington won so they are three points behind the Pens with two games in hand.
This game was lost when the Rangers failed on four power plays, though one was abbreviated. They are slumping badly with only two power play goals on their last 16 opportunities with both goals in the same game.
The Rangers killed both penalties and they have stopped 16 straight and have not allowed a power play goal in six games.
The Rangers have pulled their goalie 12 times this season and have lost all 12 games. They have scored three goals with their goalie pulled and they have allowed four empty net goals.
Before this game, the Rangers had won 17 of their last 18 games against Carolina at Madison Square Garden going back to 2010-11.
Frederik Andersen won the showdown with Igor Shesterkin. He moved ahead of he Rangers with a 2.07 goals against average versus 2.09 for Shesterkin. The Ranger stopped 22 of 25 shots and remains with the best save percentage in the NHL (.934). The win was Andersen’s 35th of the year, second most and one ahead of Shesterkin.
Statistically, the two teams were very close. They were tied with 19 hits each while the Rangers outshot Carolina 30-25. The Hurricanes won 55.2% of the faceoffs.
If you thought Shesterkin could stickhandle, check this out from Frederik Andersen as he left the ice on a delayed penalty.<
The teams meet one more time this season in the third from last game of the season, at Madison Square Garden.
The Rangers played a video tribute to Jesper Fast and he got a nice hand from the crowd.<
They also did a video tribute to Brady Skjei, Brendan Smith and Tony DeAngelo. DeAngelo got booed every time he touched the puck. It’s hard to believe that it has been over two years since the Hurricanes played at Madison Square Garden, so this was the first trip back for Skjei and Fast though they last played for New York in 2019-20.