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.

LIGHTNING 4, FLYERS 2

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.

STARS 4, FLAMES 3

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.

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