Teuvo Teravainen scored the tiebreaking goal late in the third quarter, Frederik Andersen stopped 29 shots and the Carolina Hurricanes rallied to beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Jalen Chatfield and Stefan Noesen also scored for the Metropolitan Division-leading Hurricanes, who won for the third time in four games.
With the comeback victory, the Hurricanes became the second team, after Boston, to reach the 100-point mark this season, as Carolina increased its Metropolitan Division lead over second-place New Jersey to two points and the third place Rangers to eight.
“That was a great effort. All 20 guys contributed and we got what we deserved,” Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “If we play like this, we will be in good shape. This time of year it gets harder and harder.”
Tyler Motte and Kaapo Kakko scored for the Rangers, who had won four straight and were 6-0-1 in their last seven. Igor Shesterkin finished with 36 saves as the Rangers played their third game in four nights, the previous two shutout wins at home.
“Igor kept us there for as long as he could and we just didn’t have enough in the tank,” Rangers captain Jacob Trouba said. “They won more battles and played a tough game.”
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Teravainen scored his 11th goal with 2:33 remaining on a pass from defenseman Brent Burns, redirecting the puck past Shesterkin. The Hurricanes, who lost 1-0 and 2-1.
“Somehow they left me wide open from behind, great pass from him,” Teravainen said of the game-winning pass into the slot. “We knew this was going to be a tough night. They have a good team. We knew we had to fight to win this game.”
The Rangers led 1–0 entering the third and were vying for their third straight shutout before Chatfield tied the score at 9:49, the first goal the Rangers allowed in more than eight periods. New York was coming off a 6-0 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday night with Shesterkin in goal and a 7-0 win over Nashville behind Jaroslav Halak on Sunday.
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Kakko put New York back in front 31 seconds later with his 13th goal, only for Noesen to respond 18 seconds later to tie it 2–2.
Motte opened the scoring 17 minutes into the first, beating Andersen with the puck for his third goal in four games and sixth of the season overall.
The Rangers had not lost in regulation since a 4-2 loss on March 4 in Boston.
“We didn’t play well enough tonight to beat that team,” Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said. “Honestly, throughout the game we were outplayed. They were much faster. They handled the puck very well… We didn’t play our game.”
Hurricanes captain Jordan Staal played his 729th game with Carolina on Tuesday, tying defenseman Glen Wesley for the second most games played in franchise history since moving from Hartford in 1997. At 34, he trails only his brother Eric, who played in 909 games for the Hurricanes from 2003-16.
Hurricanes: Host the Rangers on Thursday night to end the home-and-home set in the first game of a four-game home stand.
Rangers: In Carolina on Thursday night to open a two-game trip.