The Carolina Hurricanes continued their strong play in the late season by coming back from a two-goal deficit to send their game against the New York Rangers into overtime. However, Ryan Callahan scored the game winning goal just over two minutes in to win the game for the Rangers, 4-3.
Jiri Tlusty continued his hot finish to the season with two goals in the game. His first came on the power-play after he was left wide-open in front of the Rangers’ net. Tlusty passed off to Jeff Skinner to the left of Henrik Lundqvist, then went to the open ice to the right side of the net. Skinner fed Tlusty the puck, who slam dunked it past a stretching Lundqvist.
Tlusty’s second goal also came on a two-on-one. This time Eric Staal chose to pass the puck past Rangers’ defenseman Anton Stralman‘s stick to Tlusty. The Czech Republic native then shot in the same place as Ruutu to take a 3-2 lead for the Hurricanes.
The goal was Tlusty’s 23rd of the season and fourth in the last three games. Eric Staal‘s assist gave him 33 on the season and fifth point in four games.
The lead did not last though as Brad Richards tied the game with under three minutes left in the game when he scored on the power-play. Richards blasted a shot from the point that Dan Ellis lost in traffic and ended up in the back of the net.
Callahan’s game-winner came off the sideboards to the right of Ellis. Callahan aimed for the far left post and found the twine on a shot that Ellis most likely should have had.
The Hurricanes last game of the season will be against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday at 7:30 ET.