The Rangers entered Friday night’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes looking for their sixth straight win. All it took was a Sean Avery highlight reel goal (and highlight-worthy fist pump), Brandon Dubinsky’s first goal of the season, and a four goal outburst in the final period to increase New York’s streak to a half dozen games in style. By the time the dust settled, the Rangers had pounded the Hurricanes by a 5-1 score.
This just in: the Rangers are a pretty good team when they can score a few goals.
The game featured the fans in the blue sets showering Canes captain Eric Staal with boos every time he touched the puck throughout the game. The Rangers faithful haven’t forgotten Staal’s hit on brother Marc last season that has lead to a lingering concussion that the Rangers’ defenseman is still struggling to shake off. But it wasn’t just booing from the fans that doomed the Canes.
Ever since blowing a three goal lead to the Senators two weeks ago, the Rangers forwards have been attacking waves for the full 60 minutes. The win means the New York has earned points in their last seven games; improving their record to record to 9-3-3. They’re sitting in 4th place in the Eastern Conference and they trail only the Penguins in the Atlantic Division. Not too bad considering they were winless in their first three games of the season.
The Rangers now enjoy a weekend vacation before traveling down the Long Island railroad for a grueling trip to Nassau Coliseum to face the Islanders on Tuesday. The rest of the Eastern Conference should rejoice: it’ll be impossible for the Rangers to win again until at least next week.
A break in the schedule might be the only way to slow them down right now.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Scott Hartnell scored his second goal of the game midway through the third period to push the Columbus Blue Jackets over the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on Saturday night.
Hartnell scored in the first period and got the tiebreaker in the third, helping the Blue Jackets overcome a terrible second period to beat the Hurricanes for the second time this week. Carolina has lost three straight.
Markus Hannikainen also scored, and Sergei Bobrovsky had 35 saves for Columbus.
Sebastian Aho and Justin Faulk scored in the second period for Carolina. Michael Leighton, recalled from Charlotte of the AHL on Thursday, started in place of Cam Ward and stopped 17 shots.
Hannikainen poked in the first goal for Columbus 4:49 into the game off a rebound in front of Carolina’s net. The shot through traffic resulted in the first goal and point of the 23-year-old rookie’s NHL career.
About 10 minutes later, Hartnell got a breakaway and slammed a slap shot past Leighton’s glove from just inside the blue line to put Columbus up 2-0 at the first break.
“I just tried to bury my head and shoot as hard as I could,” Hartnell said.
The second period belonged to the Hurricanes.
Carolina got the first one back on a power play 9:05 in when Aho picked up the loose puck off Jaccob Slavin‘s blocked slap shot and found the net from eight feet out.
Justin Faulk tied it at 2 when he carried the puck through the neutral zone and snapped off a shot from the right circle that rattled off the bar and in with 4:33 left. Carolina outshot Columbus 9-2 in the period, and Blue Jackets players went to the penalty box four times.
Hartnell got the winner when he took a pass from Sam Gagner and knocked it in from 13 feet with 9:35 left.
Carolina pulled the goalie with 2:32 left but couldn’t tie it.
Alexei Emelin has once again drawn the ire of opposing players.
This time, it was the Buffalo Sabres responding to a hit thrown by Emelin, who caught Matt Moulson with a dangerous hit from behind into the boards during the second period of their game on Saturday.
A massive scrum ensued right over top of Emelin and Moulson along the boards.
Emelin, who has a history of massive and questionable hits throughout his career (See here, here and here for examples) was given a minor penalty for boarding on the play.
Wayne Simmonds is not only a productive power forward, but he’s one tough customer.
He showed that again Saturday, dropping the gloves with Miles Wood of the New Jersey Devils during the first period.
The fight occurred right after Wood drove Radko Gudas hard into the boards on the forecheck. The scrap didn’t last long, however, with Simmonds landing a few shots and then taking the Devils forward to the ice.
Simmonds was assessed an extra roughing minor.
The Chicago Blackhawks and L.A. Kings have made a minor league trade on Saturday.
The Blackhawks acquired forward Michael Latta, who has 113 games of NHL experience with the Washington Capitals, in exchange for defenseman Cameron Schilling.
Latta will report to the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs, according to the Blackhawks. In 29 games this season with the Ontario Reign, Latta has two goals and six points.
Schilling, 28, is expected to be assigned to the Reign, the team said in a release.
In 40 games this season with the IceHogs, Schilling has seven goals and 17 points.