RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA - MAY 30: Barclay Goodrow #21 of the New York Rangers reacts following their 6-2 victory in Game Seven of the Second Round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on May 30, 2022 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


The New York Rangers earned a much needed rebound victory over Metro Division leader Carolina on Thursday night.

The Blue Shirts won 2-1 behind goals by Artemi Panarin and Adam Fox. Panarin’s goal tied up the proceedings midway through the second period, while Fox provided the game winner a little over four minutes into the third period.

Carolina controlled the puck for most of the night, taking 30 shots on New York, but goalie Igor Shesterkin was incredible, blocking 29 of those shots for the victory.

The win improves the Rangers record to 42-20-10. With 10 games to go they are still within striking distance of the Devils, who are four points ahead of them (98-94) in second place. The Rangers still have a chance to steal it from them and end up with a higher seed in the playoffs.

Despite winning three of four from Carolina in the regular season, the Blue Shirts are still six points back of Carolina for first place.  The division title might not be realistic at this point.