RALEIGH, N.C. -- Derek Stepan and Ryan Callahan scored 31 seconds apart in the second period and Henrik Lundqvist allowed two or fewer goals for the 10th straight game as the New York Rangers defeated the reeling Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 on Saturday night.
The Rangers rebounded from a 2-1 shootout loss in Pittsburgh 24 hours earlier, breaking a scoreless first period with three second-period goals to keep pace in the Eastern Conference playoff chase with 10 games remaining.
Lundqvist stopped a season-high 48 shots but lost his shutout bid with 10:33 left on a goal by Zac Dalpe, who was recalled from the minors earlier in the day.
The Hurricanes dropped their seventh straight at PNC Arena to match the longest home losing streak in franchise history. Carolina was leading the Southeast Division on March 12 with a 15-9-1 record, but has dropped 11 of 12 and been outscored 29-9 during its record-tying skid.
Three Carolina players went after Brad Richards in the corner two minutes into the second period with the Rangers on the power play. As the players converged, Richards quickly found a wide-open Stepan in the slot and he beat Dan Ellis for his 13th goal of the season.
Callahan scored on New York's next shift as Ellis and Joe Corvo misplayed the puck behind the Carolina net. The rubber squirted free in front to the New York captain, who just had to tap it into a wide-open net for his 11th goal of the season.
Rick Nash capped the stellar period for the Rangers when he faked a backhander in the slot and wheeled around on his forehand to surprise Ellis. It was the second power-play goal for the Rangers, marking just the third time this season and first on the road New York has scored at least two goals with the man advantage.
Poor second periods have done Carolina in at home this week. The Hurricanes allowed four goals against Washington and three each to Tampa Bay and the Rangers.
NOTES: Alexander Semin, Carolina's second-leading scorer, missed his first game of the season with an upper-body injury. ... New York's Roman Hamrlik remained five games shy of 1,400 for his career after being a healthy scratch for a third straight game. ... The Hurricanes have gone scoreless in the first period in nine of 19 homes games. ... Henrik Lundqvist has played in 33 of New York's 38 games. ... Rayne Clowe assisted on New York's first goal for his fourth point in three games since being traded from San Jose on April 2. ... Carolina has allowed at least one power-play goal in seven of its last nine games.