Rangers vs Hurricanes: Rangers Shutout By Hurricanes on 1994 Anniversary Night
Prior to tonight’s game, the New York Rangers honored the 25th anniversary of their 1994 Stanley Cup winning team, and it was a brilliant presentation by the Rangers and Madison Square Garden. However, when it came down to the game, the Rangers just couldn’t seem to catch a bounce in their favor. The Hurricanes also put together quite a defensive performance in their own zone, and despite the Rangers coming close on several occasions, they kept the scoreboard clean.
Warren Foegele (7) - Saku Maenalanen (3) & Greg McKegg (4) - 6:43 3rd Period
The first goal of this game came nearly 46 minutes after the opening faceoff, and it was the Hurricanes taking the first lead of the night. Warren Foegele and the Hurricanes’ fourth line went to work in the offensive zone, and caught a lapse in the Rangers coverage. Saku Maenalanen was able to dish a crisp backhand pass over to Foegele, who quickly snapped a shot past Henrik Lundqvist on the glove side. Thegoal was clearly a deflating one for the Rangers, as they had missed numerous open nets and had a goal swiped off of the goal line despite having the better of the scoring chances.
Andrei Svechnikov (14) - Brock McGinn (13) & Brett Pesce (9) - 18:45 3rd Period
The Rangers had a late power play opportunity in the third period but the chance went unanswered for the second time of the night. Shortly after the Hurricanes killed the penalty, Andrei Svechnikov was able to jump up the ice on a pass from Brock McGinn and slipped the puck into the empty net.
Brock McGinn (6) - Brett Pesce (10) - 19:31 3rd Period
After setting up the prior empty net goal, Brock McGinn added a goal of his own with a little under 30 seconds remaining in regulation time. McGinn was able to score from the opposite side of the rink, and nailed the empty net with a perfect shot right down the middle of the ice.
Following tonight’s disappointing loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, the New York Rangers will have a scheduled off day tomorrow before returning to action on Sunday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs.