NEW YORK – Chris Kreider scored twice less than 5 minutes apart late in the third period to lift the New York Rangers to a 4-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.
Derek Stepan had a goal and two assists and Michael Grabner also scored, and Mats Zuccarello had two assists for the Rangers. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 21 shots to bounce back from a shaky outing at Buffalo two nights earlier and pick up his 11th win of the season.
Kreider scored the tiebreaking goal with 7:35 left as he knocked in a rebound past Hurricanes goalie Michael Leighton. Kreider then made it a two-goal game with 2:49 remaining as his shot from the left side rang off the post and deflected back in off Leighton to seal the Rangers' second win at home against Carolina in five days.
Viktor Stalberg and Victor Rask scored for Carolina and Leighton finished with 24 saves in his second start of the season.