The 4-1 win, coupled with Carolina’s loss to the Blackhawks, lifted the Rangers back into seventh place in the East with 72 points to the Hurricanes’ 71.
“We’re a pretty good team when we have some luck, lately we haven’t gotten anything for free,” said Henrik Lundqvist. “I think everybody is aware how tight it is and how serious the situation is. It’s a great challenge, it’s still in our hands. An extra save and extra goal can make a big difference going down the stretch here.”
“It’s nice being able to have a cushion,” said Ryan Callahan, whose line, with Anisimov and Brandon Dubinsky had 10 of the 27 shots “It’s a big win for us, especially with Philly coming up on Sunday, we didn’t want to have this continuing.”
“We have allowed teams to catch us,” said coach John Tortorella. “It's going to be a dogfight to the end, but we're in a better position than we were last year."
Dan Girardi had a tremendous game with five hits and eight blocked shots, an assist and plus-1....All four lines scored...Stepan had a goal and assist...Wojtek Wolski had two assists...