Georgiev makes 44 saves as Rangers blank Hurricanes 2-0

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Alexandar Georgiev made a season-high 44 saves for his seventh career shutout, Chris Krieder broke a scoreless tie late in the second period and the New York Rangers beat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-0 on Sunday night.

It was the first shutout for Georgiev since beating Philadelphia 9-0 on March 17, 2021. Georgiev, who played for just the second time in New York’s last five games, picked up his first road victory since Jan. 8 at Anaheim.

Frank Vatrano added an empty-net goal with 41.3 seconds to play to seal it for the Rangers.

The loss sent the Hurricanes to their first four-game losing streak of the season (0-3-1). It also marked the end to a 14-game home-ice points streak, one shy of a franchise record.

Frederik Andersen stopped 16 shots for the Hurricanes, who were blanked for the third time this season.

Kreider notched his team-high 41st goal at 16:39 of the second period on a redirection from Jacob Trouba’s delivery. He has scored in three of the last four games and has seven goals in 10 games in March.

The Rangers only had 10 shots through two periods, while the Hurricanes put the puck on net 29 times without scoring.


The Rangers have played in 34 road games, the most of any NHL team so far this season. They’re 20-12-2.

This result gave them their first three-game road winning streak since a stretch that ended in mid-December.


Carolina defenseman Tony DeAngelo was back in the lineup after an 11-game absence because of an upper-body injury. He’s in his first season with the Hurricanes after arriving from the Rangers. He had three points in a victory against his former team in January.


Carolina went with a lineup of seven defensemen, in part because of a shortage of forwards.

Hurricanes right wing Nino Niederreiter sat out to serve a one-game suspension for a slash on Washington’s Axel Jonsson-Fjallby on Friday night.

Meanwhile, Hurricanes left wing Jordan Martinook missed his second game in a row and is expected to be out for at least a couple of weeks with a lower-body injury.


Rangers: At New Jersey on Tuesday.

Hurricanes: Host Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

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