Ward, Hurricanes stymie RangersJan 21, 2011 - 3:48 AM
Chad LaRose, Jussi Jokinen, Brandon Sutter and Jeff Skinner scored for the Hurricanes, with LaRose and Skinner adding assists in the win.
Ward stopped all 25 shots he faced in the first two periods and didn't give up a goal until Brandon Prust beat him on a wrist shot with 8:20 left in the game.
"He's our wall back there. A lot of times when we make mistakes, he bails us out and they don't get noticed as much," said LaRose.
Meanwhile, New York goaltender Henrik Lundqvist allowed four goals on 39 shots and the Rangers lost for the fourth time in six games.
New York was coming off a 7-0 win over Toronto on Wednesday -- a rout buoyed by Marian Gaborik's four goals -- but couldn't sustain the momentum against Carolina.
"It's tough to lose this one," said Lundqvist.
The Hurricanes jumped out to a 3-0 lead, getting on the board early with first period goals from LaRose and Jokinen and a second period tally from Sutter.
LaRose was credited with the first goal at 5:39 after Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello swept the puck into his own net as he tried to clear it from the goal line.
Jokinen scored on a power play with 5:17 left in the period, deflecting Joe Corvo's slap shot from just inside the blue line.
Sutter made it a 3-0 game 5:41 into the second period when he got behind the defense on a rush, deked to his backhand and slipped the puck Lundqvist.
The Rangers avoided being shutout when Prust netted his wrister from the slot at 11:40 of the third period.
But Skinner restored Carolina's three-goal lead a few minutes later, the recipient of a pass in front of the net after a rush he started at the other end.
Tuomo Ruutu had an assist on Carolina's first two goals...The Hurricanes went 1-for-2 on the power play, while the Rangers were scoreless on their two chances with the man advantage.
- NEW YORK: 1
Jan 20 9:34 PM
- Carolina Goal - Jeff Skinner (17), at 15:51.
Rangers 1, Hurricanes 4 3rd - 4:09Jan 20 9:27 PM
- Ryan Carter shot blocked by Steve Eminger.
Rangers 1, Hurricanes 3 3rd - 8:01Jan 20 9:20 PM
- NEW YORK: 0
End of 2nd
Jan 20 8:40 PM
- Carolina Goal - Brandon Sutter (8), at 5:41.
Rangers 0, Hurricanes 3 2nd - 14:19Jan 20 8:11 PM
- NEW YORK: 0
End of 1st
Jan 20 7:44 PM
- Carolina Power-Play Goal - Jussi Jokinen (12), from Joe Corvo at 14:43.
Rangers 0, Hurricanes 2 1st - 5:17Jan 20 7:35 PM
- Carolina Goal - Chad LaRose (10), at 5:39.
Rangers 0, Hurricanes 1 1st - 14:21Jan 20 7:16 PM
- NEW YORK: 0
1st Period - 20:00
Jan 20 7:08 PM
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