NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Rangers didn’t score many style points in their victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Rangers held on for a 4-3 win on Monday night to snap a three-game losing streak, but they almost squandered a three-goal lead against a team they routinely beat.
Mats Zuccarello and Oscar Lindberg scored first-period power-play goals to get New York rolling.
Chris Kreider and Derick Brassard also had goals and New York improved to 18-1-0 in its last 19 meetings with Carolina. The Rangers have won 11 straight against the Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden.
Henrik Lundqvist made 33 saves.
“A win is always big, even though it’s not perfect,” Lundqvist said. “It’s something you can build on. The finish was more important than the start.”
The Rangers settled down late in the third period to preserve the victory and avoid their first four-game losing streak since February of 2011.
“It always feels pretty good to win,” Brassard said. “That’s the only thing that mattered. You can’t really criticize a win, but you…