The Carolina Hurricanes, who had not won at Madison Square Garden since October 29th, 2010, finally broke the curse. Three third-period goals saw the Canes win at the infamous arena for the first time in 17 years.
Warren Foegele broke the deadlock 6:43 into the final period after some beautiful hockey from Saku Maenalanen and Greg McKegg.
Rookie Andrei Svechnikov followed that up with an emptynetter at 18:45 of the third, assisted by Brock McGinn and Brett Pesce.
Less than a minute after assisting the Russian’s emptynetter McGinn scored his own, on the backhand from 190ft away, Pesce got the sole assist.
Petr Mrazek made 27 saves for his second shutout as a Cane and 16th overall. This was the Canes’ second shutout in three games, with Curtis McElhinney shutting out the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
His counterpart, Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves for the Rangers, who have lost two of their last three games (1-1-1).
The victory sees Carolina 8-2-1 in their last 11 road games, they’ve won all three of their games on this road trip so far; the 4-0 shutout in Pittsburgh, a 6-5 overtime victory in Buffalo Thursday and the 3-0 curse-breaker Friday.
Their recent good form sees the Hurricanes 1pt behind the Pittsburgh Penguins who currently hold the last Wild Card position in the Eastern Conference. The Pens have a game in hand which they’ll play Saturday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Canes v Devils – Sunday, February 10th (3pm)
Leafs v Rangers – Sunday, February 10th (7pm – NBCSN)
ALL TIMES U.S. EASTERN