National Hockey League
NY Rangers 3, Carolina 2
When: 7:00 PM ET, Thursday, March 1, 2012
Where: PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina
Referees: Chris Rooney, Brad Meier
Linesmen: Tony Sericolo, Darren Gibbs
Attendance: 14523

RANGERS 3, HURRICANES 2: Marian Gaborik scored his 30th goal and added an assist in the second period as visiting New York came from behind to defeat Carolina.

Gaborik gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead, tapping in a rebound at the left post with 5:07 remaining in the second period. He reached the 30-goal plateau for the seventh time in his career.

Artem Anisimov and Brandon Prust also scored goals and Derek Stepan chipped in with two assists for New York. The Rangers are the first team in the league to win 20 games both at home and on the road.

Jay Harrison pulled Carolina within 3-2 with 39.7 seconds left in the game.

Carolina’s Jeff Skinner scored the game’s first goal 58 seconds into the second period on the power play. Eric Staal (two assists) set Skinner up to extend his point streak to 10 games.

Anisimov tied the game 1-1 at 8:21, zipping a shot past Carolina goalie Cam Ward from the left circle after a nifty pass by Gaborik.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Rangers’ captain Ryan Callahan missed the game with a bruised foot. John Scott, acquired Monday from Chicago, made his debut for New York at forward. … Staal has at least one assist in nine straight games. … Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto left the game in the second period with a hip injury and did not return. … New York goaltender Martin Biron improved to 12-4-3 against the Carolina franchise.
Top Game Performances
NY Rangers   Carolina
Marian Gaborik 2 Points Eric Staal 2
Marian Gaborik 1 Goals Jay Harrison 1
Derek Stepan 2 Assists Eric Staal 2
N/A Power Play Goals Jeff Skinner 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Martin Biron .913 Save Percentage Cam Ward .880
Martin Biron 21 Saves Cam Ward 22
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
NY Rangers 25 3 0-3 4-5 12 32
Carolina 23 2 1-5 3-3 8 35
Upcoming Games
  • Carolina will play their next game at home against Tampa Bay. The Hurricanes have a W/L % of .292 after a win and .425 after a loss.
  • NY Rangers will play their next game on the road against Tampa Bay. The Rangers have a W/L % of .675 after a win and .636 after a loss.