New York Rangers defeat Carolina Hurricanes, 3-1

There are 27 games in 56 days on the Rangers' schedule before international teams start plucking their NHLers for the Vancouver Games, 54 points up for grabs for a team that heads into Raleigh Monday staring at a .500 record and a long battle for a playoff spot.

So in how many games can they afford to start Henrik Lundqvist? In how many games can they afford not to?

"Hank simply has to be Hank," John Tortorella said, because in addition to the Rangers' scoring woes, ...

RALEIGH, N.C. - Brandon Dubinsky was playing for the first time Monday night without the hard cast that had been protecting his mended right hand, and he said that getting rid of it was like shedding a shroud and breathing fresh air. It seems his teammates understand the feeling.

The Rangers have rather quietly put together a three-game winning streak for the first time in more than two months. They beat the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-1, Monday night, sweeping a three-game ...