Hurricanes 3, Rangers 0: The good news for the Carolina Hurricanes is they seem to be playing their best hockey of the season at the absolute right time. The bad news is they still can't seem to gain any separation in the tight Eastern Conference playoff race.
Thanks to the Hurricanes 3-0 win over the New York Rangers on Monday, they jumped over three teams to move into a tie with Montreal for the No. 5 spot in the conference, but are guaranteed to fall as low as the No. 7 spot on Tuesday, depending on what happens in the Pittsburgh-Florida game. It's going to be like this every day for the rest of the regular season.
Joe Corvo, Rod Brind'Amour and Tuomo Ruutu provided the offense for Carolina, while Cam Ward turned aside all 27 shots he faced to pick up his fifth shutout of the season. The Hurricanes have now won eight of their past 10 games.
With the loss, the Rangers have their modest three-game winning streak snapped, while they drop out of the top eight for the time being.The rest of Monday's action
The Kings try to keep pace out west with a home game against the Vancouver Canucks.
-- A Capitals fan spent an "embarrassing" amount of money to buy 500 pacifiers for the Penguins-Capitals game on Sunday for the sole purpose of mocking Sidney Crosby. Margaret McGuire, a college student from Anchorage, Alaska, was behind it all. Imagine how many packages of Ramen Noodles and cases of Natural Light she could have purchased with that money.
-- Bob Gainey makes his debut behind the bench for the Canadiens as they host Edmonton, while Pittsburgh takes on Florida and Buffalo travels to Philadelphia. The Penguins, Canadiens, Sabres and Panthers enter play separated by four points. Every game counts.
-- Columbus, coming off its impressive 8-2 win in Detroit on Saturday, has another tough draw as the Blue Jackets host the Boston Bruins.
-- Calgary looks to get back to its winning ways as the Flames travel to New Jersey.
Newsmakers in the NHL: Hurricanes Stay Hot With Win Against Rangers originally appeared on NHL FanHouse on Tue, 10 Mar 2009 01:30:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.