The New York Rangers finally broke through on their massive power play drought, tallying a shocking trio of scores with a man advantage during their Thursday night tilt with the Carolina Hurricanes.
Although if the same result on the scoreboard occurs like the one tonight, they’ll probably be just fine not scoring on it.
Despite the trio of tallies, Sebastian Aho scored two power play goals of his own in the third period, and the Hurricanes earned a 4-3 victory over the Rangers.
The Rangers (43-23-2) jumped out to an early lead, as on their second power play of the game, Chris Kreider broke the scoreless streak at 27 consecutive power plays, and scored his 26th of the season. Carolina, however, wasn’t going to let the period end without treating the home crowd at PNC Arena, as Jeff Skinner scored his 21st of the season to tie it, 29 seconds after Valentin Zykov scored a goal in his first NHL game to put Carolina up 2-1.
The second period was dominated by the Rangers, namely Mika Zibanejad. Two more power plays tallies were scored by Zibanejad, his 10th and 11th of the season. The Rangers also outshot Carolina 14-4 in the frame. However, only horror and heartbreak awaited them in the third period.
Carolina (27-27-10) finally put pressure on, though they tied things up only through controversy. While Nick Holden served a minor for tripping, Aho put in a hard shot past Antti Raanta, who immediately protested the good goal call. During the challenge called by Alain Vigneault, replays showed that Elias Lindholm bumped into Raanta before the puck went into the net. Despite the visual evidence, it was ruled a good goal, and the game was tied. Upon a Zibanejad penalty, Aho scored once more, and it gave Carolina the lead for good. The Rangers put some sustained pressure after the goal, with Derek Stepan putting one of the post, but they were unable to break through.
With the loss, the Rangers split their four game set with Carolina, each winning on their home ice.
The Rangers will conclude their four game road trip on Sunday night, for their final ever visit to Joe Louis Arena to take on the Detroit Red Wings.