NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Carolina Hurricanes earned a point, but lost 2-1 following a shootout against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.
Forward Chris Terry scored his third goal of the season for Carolina while goaltender Anton Khudobin made 33 saves in the losing effort.
“The effort was good,” Carolina head coach Bill Peters said.
“These guys work, these guys compete, so I can’t question that.”
Following a scoreless first period, Terry put Carolina ahead 1-0 at 16:53 in the second period despite being outshot 12-5.
Defensemen Ryan Murphy and Tim Gleason earned assists on the play.
The Hurricanes held their lead until 9:40 into the third period when Derick Brassard redirected Dan Girardi’s point shot that got past Khudobin through a number of bodies and tied the game 1-1.
Unable to decide the game before the end of regulation time, both teams earned a point and played into the five-minute overtime period looking to claim the second one for the win.
Both Khudobin and Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist (29 saves) made key stops that kept their respective teams alive in overtime and forced both sides into a shootout to determine the winner.
Participating in its second consecutive shootout, losing to Buffalo 4-3 in an eight-round head-head encounter on Tuesday, Carolina sought to earn its first win of the season.
However, New York’s Rick Nash ended up being the difference-maker as he deked Khudobin and scored in the third round of the shootout to give the Rangers the 2-1 win.
“You look at our games – we’ve lost three one-goal games in a row now and two of ‘em have been in shootouts,” Peters said.
“Obviously, we’ll continue to work on the shootout offensively, that end of it, and we’ve gotta’ find a way to get the power play goin’ a little bit. It’s been hard because of the lack of continuity amongst the personnel, but we’ve got a little bit of time before we play again and we can spend some time on it. I expect it to be real good when we go out West.”
Notes: Carolina lost its 12th game in the last 13 against New York without forwards Eric Staal and Jeff Skinner and defenseman Andrej Sekera in the lineup, while Brody Sutter played in his first NHL game after being recalled recently with Pat Dwyer being placed on injured reserve (IR)… The Hurricanes’ work at the faceoff dot gave them a 44-23 advantage over the Rangers, keeping them at the top of the NHL in FO win percentage (59%)…Hurricanes special teams play finished 0-for-3 on the power play against New York, while the penalty kill denied all five man-advantage opportunities that the Rangers had throughout the game…The Hurricanes will take advantage of time in Raleigh to recover physically and prepare to continue their road swing into Western Canada on Tuesday facing Winnipeg first, and then traveling to match up with Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver respectively.