J. Staal, Tlusty lead Hurricanes over Rangers

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 11, 2014 at 9:43 pm •  Published: March 11, 2014
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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes haven't had much to celebrate lately. Against the New York Rangers, it's been years.

The Hurricanes changed both story lines Tuesday night with a 3-1 win against the Rangers.

Carolina made the most of a goal and assist from both Jordan Staal and Jiri Tlusty to snap a 10-game losing streak against New York.

"You have to wake up and just be confident in our game and our system and keep moving forward and looking ahead," Staal said. "The last couple games we've had haven't been a great result, but our effort has always been there. It's nice to get a good result."

Carolina had lost seven of eight to fall well behind in the Metropolitan Division race. The Hurricanes were outscored 30-16 in that stretch.

Elias Lindholm added an insurance goal for Carolina late in the third period. Cam Ward made 24 saves for his first win since Dec. 31.

"It has been a struggle for myself," Ward said. "I haven't had that much of an opportunity to get back in there. . When you don't play, you put so much emphasis on one game that it can get you thinking too much. Tonight, (I was) just be able to shut it off and have some fun."

Kevin Klein had the Rangers' goal, scoring for the first time since being acquired from Nashville on Jan. 22. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 32 shots.

"Not that I don't want to give credit to Carolina because they played a good game, but we (gave) away two points because we didn't work," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "I have not said that very often about the group this year, but right from the start, our work ethic wasn't what it needs to be in this league to have any chance."

The Rangers had outscored the Hurricanes 40-19 in the teams' previous 10 meetings, including a 4-2 road victory on Friday. Before Tuesday, Carolina's last win against the Rangers was Jan. 20, 2011.

The Rangers, 8-4-1 in their past 13 games, remained one point ahead of Philadelphia for second place in the Metropolitan Division.

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