Rookie's goal lifts Rangers over Hurricanes

Carolina's Alexander Semin and New York's Carl Hagelin fight for control of the puck in the first period.

NEW YORK — Rangers rookie J.T. Miller fumbled his way to a goal in the third round of a shootout and New York snapped a three-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday night.


Miller, 20, skated in slowly on Dan Ellis and briefly lost the puck before calmly gathering it and scoring from a tough angle near the goal line. Rick Nash scored in the opening round of the tiebreaker and Henrik Lundqvist stopped both Carolina tries.

The Rangers (14-12-2) moved into ninth place in the Eastern Conference – two points behind Carolina (15-11-2), which lost its third in a row (0-2-1). It was the Hurricanes’ first shootout of the season.

Carolina’s Eric Staal scored in the first period, and Derek Stepan tied it in the second for the Rangers.


In Tampa, Fla., Teddy Purcell scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period for Tampa Bay.

Purcell’s in-close deflection at 9:25 of the third came shortly after the Lightning killed off a short-handed situation.

Ondrej Palat, Tom Pyatt and Steven Stamkos also scored for Tampa Bay, which is 12-1 when leading after the first period.

Maxime Talbot and Claude Giroux scored goals for Philadelphia, which is 0-11 when trailing entering the second period.


In Dallas, Loui Eriksson scored two goals as the Stars held off Calgary.

Erik Cole and Eric Nystom also scored for Dallas, which jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period.

Jiri Hudler, Jay Bouwmeester and Alex Tanguay scored for Calgary.



Sat, 11/18/2017 - 21:21

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