Teravainen scores late, Hurricanes rally to beat Rangers 3-2
NEW YORK (AP) — Teuvo Teravainen scored the tiebreaking goal late in the third period, Frederik Andersen stopped 29 shots and the Carolina Hurricanes rallied to beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Jalen Chatfield and Stefan Noesen also scored for the Metropolitan Division-leading Hurricanes, who won for the third time in four games.
With the comeback win, the Hurricanes became the second team — following Boston — to reach the 100-point mark this season as Carolina increased its Metropolitan Division-lead over second-place New Jersey to two points and the third-place Rangers to eight.
“That was a great effort. All 20 guys contributed and we got what we deserved,'' Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour said. “If we play like that, we'll be in good shape. This time of year it gets tougher and tougher."
Tyler Motte and Kaapo Kakko scored for the Rangers, who had won four straight were 6-0-1 in their last seven. Igor Shesterkin finished with 36 saves as the Rangers played their third game in four nights — the previous two shutout wins at home.
“Igor kept us in there as long as he could and we just didn't have enough in the tank,'' Rangers captain Jacob Trouba said. ”They won more battles and played a hard game."
Teravainen scored his 11th goal with 2:33 left on a pass from defenseman Brent Burns, redirecting the puck past Shesterkin. The Hurricanes, who trailed 1-0 and 2-1.
“Somehow they left me open in the back side, great pass by him,'' Teravainen said of the winning-goal pass to him in the slot. “We knew this would be a tough night. They have a good team. We knew we had to battle to win this game.”
The Rangers led 1-0 entering the third and were vying for their third-straight shutout before Chatfield tied the score at 9:49 — the first goal the Rangers allowed in more than eight periods. New York was coming off a 6-0 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday night with Shesterkin in goal and a 7-0 triumph over Nashville behind Jaroslav Halak on Sunday.
Kakko then put New York back ahead 31 seconds later with his 13th goal, only to have Noesen answer right back 18 seconds later to tie it 2-2.
Motte opened the scoring at the 17-minute mark of the first, knocking the puck past Andersen for his third goal in four games and sixth of the season overall.
The Rangers hadn't lost in regulation since a 4-2 defeat on March 4 at Boston.
“Tonight we didn't play near well enough to beat that team,'' Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said. ”Honestly, the whole game they outplayed us. They were a lot quicker. They managed the puck real well ... We didn't play our game."
Hurricanes captain Jordan Staal played his 729th game with Carolina on Tuesday, tying defenseman Glen Wesley for the second-most games played in franchise history since relocation from Hartford in 1997. Staal, 34, trails only his brother Eric, who played 909 games for the Hurricanes from 2003-16.
Hurricanes: Host the Rangers on Thursday night to finish the home-and-home set in the opener of a four-game homestand.
Rangers: At Carolina on Thursday night to open a two-game trip.
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