Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Brandon Dubinsky scored the game-winner near the midway point of the third period, as the New York Rangers edged the Carolina Hurricanes, 2-1, in the opener of a home-and-home series at RBC Center.
Erik Christensen had a goal and an assist for the Rangers, who bounced back from a 6-0 loss to the Flyers on Wednesday night. Marian Gaborik dished out two assists for New York, which got 17 saves from Henrik Lundqvist.
With the score tied 1-1, the Rangers scored with 8:11 remaining in the third period. Gaborik's shot from in front set up a rebound for Dubinsky, who backhanded a shot past Ward.
Lundqvist stopped all six shots he faced in the final 20 minutes to preserve the victory.
The Hurricanes scored on the power play at the 11:08 mark of the first period to take the early edge. Ray Whitney slid a pass to the point for Pitkanen, whose one-timer snuck past Lundqvist.
Christensen's first goal of the season with 2:24 left in the first deadlocked the tilt at 1-1. On the power play, Gaborik fired a shot on net and Christensen was there to put home the rebound.
Ward made 15 saves in a scoreless second, while Lundqvist stopped seven shots.
The Rangers beat the Hurricanes, 3-1, at RBC Center on December 21. New York will host the Hurricanes on Saturday to complete the home-and-home series...Christensen now has 100 points in his NHL career...Rangers head coach John Tortorella coached his 600th career game.