NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 22: The New York Rangers and the Carolina Hurricanes battle at the end of their game in Game Three of the Second Round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 22, 2022 in New York City. The Rangers defeated the Hurricanes 3-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)


After two heart-breaking losses in Charlotte, the New York Rangers got back on track with a 3-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes to crawl back into the series, albeit down two games to one.

Mika Zibanejad got the Blue Shirts on the board when he took a pass from Artemi Panarin and slapped it home from the circle on a powerplay to make it 1-0 Rangers.

In the second period, the Rangers tacked on thanks to Chris Kreider, who skated around the back of the net, took his shot from the circle, and banged it home for the goal to put the Blue Shirts up 2-0. It was Kreider’s 47th career goal in the postseason tying him for ninth all time with Ron Duguay in franchise history.

Meanwhile, the Rangers got a huge effort from Igor Schesterkin in goal. Schesterkin blocked 43 shots in the victory, in what was easily his best performance of the postseason.

“It was a tight battle again,” Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said. “Igor was outstanding for us, and that was they key. … We defended pretty good and guys did the right thing with the puck.”

The win was only the second victory for the Rangers in its last 10 games against the Hurricanes.

Game 4 is Tuesday night at the Garden.