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Rangers Continue Winning Ways against Canes with Victory in Raleigh

The Rangers got back in the win column with a 2-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday night. With their triumph, the Blueshirts swept the four-game season series against the Canes, and improved to 25-4 over the last 29 contests between the two squads.

Following a scoreless first 20 minutes, New York tallied twice in the middle period. Just over three minutes in, Ryan Sproul scored his second national hockey goal and first as a Ranger. The helpers came from Paul Carey and Vlad Namestnikov.

Later on in the frame, Alain Vigneault’s team extended their lead to two. Jesper Fast found Kevin Hayes for a two-on-one shorthanded goal, marking his second shorthanded score of the season (which leads all Rangers), and 23rd overall which is a career-high.

Jeff Skinner shrunk the Hurricanes’ deficit to one with about 12 minutes remaining in the final segment, but that was as close as they would come. Carolina had a plethora of chances with a 6-on-4 man advantage for the last minute and a half thanks to a Kevin Hayes penalty and an empty-net; however, Henrik Lundqvist stood tall. After sitting out the Madison Square Garden finale on Friday and winning the Steven McDonald extra effort award, Hank was superb in his return to the crease, stopping 40-41 shots to snap the Rangers’ three-game skid.

The Blueshirts season-ending road trip continues on Tuesday, as they travel to the Prudential Center to battle the Devils on Tuesday for their third to last tilt of the season (7:00 PM, MSG+). New Jersey will most likely capture the second wild-card spot of the Eastern Conference barring an unforeseen late-season collapse.

Brian Paget is on Twitter @BrianPaget17

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