Rangers 4, Hurricanes 2

The New York Rangers (34-26-4) defeated the Carolina Hurricanes (27-27-9) by the score of 4-2, tonight. For a box score, go to Yahoo! Sports.

…last week, with the Rangers dominating the Bruins in the first period, Jarome Iginla changed the momentum of the game after starting a scrum with Marc Staal. Well, I guess Chris Kreider was paying attention, because with the Carolina crowd still buzzing after Skinner's third period penalty shot goal seemingly gave the Hurricanes the lead for good, the Rangers forward purposely bumped defenseman Hainsey into Khudobin after the whistle on the very next shift, which either messed with the goaltender's rhythm or fired up the Blueshirts bench as it completely turned the game in the visiting team's favor.

…so much for Zuccarello having to knock off some rust in his first game back from injury as he was the best Rangers player on the ice.

…i love Ryan Callahan, but no way he makes that pass to Stepan on the game winner.

…speaking of Stepan, with the way his season has gone, I was fully expecting him to shoot that wide.

…while I always expect McDonagh to make an impact on the penalty kill, scoring a short-handed goal in back-to-back games was not what I had in mind.

…quick, someone look it up for me, that had to be the Rangers first empty net goal this season, right?

…is there any chance Vigneault can sub Talbot in for Lundqvist on penalty shots?

…not sure what was more embarrassing the refs missing the blatant boarding on Girardi or the Rangers lack of response to it.

…speaking of the refs, here's exclusive video of Vigneault letting them know how he felt about their performance tonight…

…still lots to cleanup on the defensive end, but, led by McDonagh, they did an outstanding job of limiting the scoring chances from Carolina's skill players.

…when John Moore is skating and jumping into the play offensively, he's a nice little weapon.

…1g, 1a with five shots on goal. Now that's a stat line we need to see more often from Nash.

…with only a month left in the season, winning the special teams battle will be critical to whether the Rangers make the playoffs or not as tonight proved.

…second game in a row the Rangers fought back from deficits to either win or collect points. Resiliency jump started the team back in December and hopefully it's doing the same when it matters most.

…i have to give AV and his staff a ton of credit for not allow the players to get frustrated by the terrible officiating and outstanding goaltending. They remained focused. Stayed with their game plan and it paid off.

…having said that, you saw a little urgency from AV as for one of the few times this season, he tinkered with the lines throughout in an attempt to find some offense. No idea what combinations we might see at practice tomorrow, but I liked St. Louis & Zuccarello forming the Hobbit line for a few shifts.

…off tomorrow then the Red Wings are in town Sunday afternoon.

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