Hurricanes 2, Rangers 2

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NEW YORK (AP)—At least both teams were perfect on the penalty kill.

Erik Cole and Craig Adams each had a goal and an assist, and the Carolina Hurricanes tied the New York Rangers 2-2 Saturday night, the second consecutive tie for both teams.

Carolina was 0-for-5 on power play chances and New York was 0-for-4. Hurricanes’ goalie Kevin Weekes stopped 26 shots and New York’s Mike Dunham stopped 29.

“At times we felt like we had them back on their heels,” Cole said. “I’d be more frustrated if we were playing (poorly) and losing. We’re tying games and losing by one goal. It’s just a matter of time.”

The Hurricanes had more than a minute of power-play time in overtime and pressed the Rangers for nearly the entire five minutes. New York had a chance late in the extra period when center Bobby Holik’s shot was gloved by Weekes, touching off a tussle between New York’s Jamie Lundmark and Carolina’s Danny Markov. Neither team managed another shot after that.

“That has been our same story all season,” Carolina coach Paul Maurice said. “We have to put some pucks in the net or just finish some of the chances we are getting. We are having a rough time squeezing them in. We were talking about just throwing the puck at the net tonight.”

New York is getting frustrated, too. The Rangers had two power-play chances at the end of regulation, but Weekes was strong in the goal and Carolina’s defense stifled New York.

“In training camp we shoot the puck and now they’re not shooting,” New York coach Glen Sather said. “Now we’re trying to overpass it. We have to shoot the puck, hit the net and make the guy make a save.”

Lundmark led a three-on-two break with under a minute left, but Weekes caught his shot with 44 seconds left, and neither team threatened again.

“We’re not playing very well—that’s obvious,” Mark Messier said. “It’s a group effort. Other than Dunham, we haven’t played well.”

The Hurricanes now have a nine-game winless streak, dating to last season.

The Rangers (0-2-2) had not scored since their season-opening loss to the Minnesota Wild, but matched the Hurricanes (0-2-2) offensively for two periods.

Cole took Rod Brind’Amour’s pass on a break with Adams, dishing off and then scoring when Adams gave it back in the third minute of the opening period.

Eric Lindros ended the Rangers’ scoring drought 7:59 into the game with his first goal of the season, an unassisted score after he stole the puck from defender Glen Wesley.

The Hurricanes went up quickly in the second period as Brind’Amour centered the puck to Cole, whose pass found Adams in front of the goal. Adams chipped it in at 3:00 as he fell to his knees for his first goal of the season.

Messier tied the game at 2 at 7:06 of the second when he scored his first goal of the season after a wraparound pass from Matthew Barnaby.

New York was issued its fourth penalty of the game with a minute to go in the second period and Carolina pressed the Rangers, but goalie Dunham stopped one shot and the Hurricanes couldn’t manage another.

“My job is to stop the puck, so it’s not frustrating for me,” Dunham said. “We’re working hard. We just need a lucky break on the power play to getgoing. We just need a bounce right now.”


The Rangers, booed during introductions before their home opener against Atlanta on Thursday, received a lukewarm reception before Saturday’s game. Dunham got a warm greeting for his 30-stop shutout in a tie with theThrashers.

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