RALEIGH, N.C. – Wojtek Wolski scored the tying goal with 1:50 left in regulation and then netted the only goal in the shootout to rally the New York Rangers to a 4-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped all three shootout attempts by Carolina, which squandered a 43-save night by Cam Ward and missed a chance to tie New York for seventh place in the Eastern Conference.
Lundqvist stopped 30 shots through overtime for the Rangers, who were 2-7-1 in their previous 10. He then denied Jeff Skinner, Jussi Jokinen and Sergei Samsonov in the shootout.
Erik Christensen and Mats Zucccarello missed their attempts before Wolski won it for New York.
Jokinen scored two third-period goals to give Carolina its first lead, but Wolski tied it late. The goal was originally credited to defenseman Michael Sauer, but replay showed the puck went in off a Hurricanes player.
The Rangers, with 68 points, now lead Carolina by three in the playoff race.
New York carried a 2-1 lead into the third period, but Jokinen scored two goals less than three minutes apart on rebounds. First, he corralled Jamie McBain's shot off Lundqvist and scored the tying goal at 3:32. Then, after Lundqvist knocked away Jay Harrison's shot, Jokinen swooped in with a backhand for his 14th of the season.
Ryan Callahan and Brandon Prust also scored for New York, 21-0-0 when leading after two periods.
Notes: New York RW Marian Gaborik missed the game after being diagnosed with a concussion on Sunday. Gaborik has 17 goals in 47 games. Rangers D Marc Staal was forced to leave the game early because of a knee injury. He had absorbed a hard hit from his brother, Eric — a Hurricanes forward — in the second period. ... Carolina has just one goal in its last 29 power-play chances.