An ideal way for the New York Rangers to build some momentum heading into a matchup with the hottest team in the Eastern Conference would be to continue their recent success over the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Rangers look to sweep the season series and defeat the Hurricanes for a fifth consecutive time Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.
With 93 points, New York (43-18-7) still leads the Atlantic Division and the conference. However, the hard-charging Pittsburgh Penguins have won nine in a row to move within four points of the Rangers. Those teams meet Thursday at MSG, but first the Rangers must focus on Carolina following a 4-3 overtime win over the rival Islanders on Sunday.
Brad Richards had two goals with an assist and Marian Gaborik had one of each, including the winning tally in the final seconds of overtime to help New York snap a three-game skid.
"I am not sure (what that victory will lead to)," coach John Tortorella told the Rangers' official website. "We are trying ...