By BOB SUTTON, Associated Press
RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Tony DeAngelo didn’t miss an opportunity to show his former team what he’s been up to this season.
DeAngelo had a goal and two assists as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the New York Rangers 6-3 on Friday night.
“It was obviously exciting to play them,” DeAngelo said. “I have a lot of good friends there. It’s not like there’s a grudge.
After four seasons with the Rangers, DeAngelo joined the Hurricanes as a free agent in the offseason. His time in New York was rocky and the Rangers parted company with him after a confrontation with goalkeeper Alexandar Georgiev. But he was warmly welcomed by Carolina.
“A perfect fit for us,” said teammate Sebastian Aho.
Aho also had a goal and two assists, while Vincent Trocheck, Seth Jarvis, Jesper Fast – another former Ranger – and Nino Niederreiter also netted in the first meeting of the season between the top two sides in the Metropolitan Division . Teuvo Teravainen and Andrei Svechnikov had two assists each, and Frederik Andersen stopped 20 shots in Carolina’s third straight win.
Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider each had a power-play goal and an assist for the Rangers. Greg McKegg, a former Hurricanes player, scored his first goal of the season. Georgiev, playing for the first time in more than a week, made 29 saves.
DeAngelo has 31 points (7 goals, 24 assists), the most points for a defenseman in his first 30 games with the organization in franchise history.
“It was good to do that kind of performance,” DeAngelo said. “I think our team played well.”
DeAngelo has back-to-back three-pointers.
“He was very important to us and a lot of our team,” Fast said.
Fast played seven seasons in New York. This is his second season with the Hurricanes, but it was his first game against the Rangers.
“Very excited and a fun game to play,” Fast said. “We wanted to make sure we were playing the right way and send a little message out there.”
Rangers didn’t want to overemphasize the impact of former teammates on Friday night.
“It’s just a normal game,” Zibanejad said. “It probably means a lot to a guy playing against his old team.”
Since being shut out for the first time this season on Jan. 13 by Columbus, the Hurricanes have scored 17 goals in three games. That matches the team’s best goal production in three games this season.
The Rangers, who were riding a three-game winning streak, were aware of Carolina’s high-pressure approach, but weren’t happy with how they handled it.
“We made bad mistakes, but they force you to make bad mistakes,” coach Gérard Gallant said.
New York played solidly for the first eight minutes, but Gallant said that was followed by 10-12 minutes of what looked like the Hurricanes were dominating.
Trocheck redirected DeAngelo’s delivery from inside the blue line to the post on the game’s first power play to open the scoring on the way to a 3-0 lead early in the second period.
Kreider and McKegg brought New York to 5-3 with goals just 74 seconds apart in the first 6 1/2 minutes of the third period.
The Hurricanes had gone 11 straight games without allowing a power play goal through Tuesday night in Boston. Now they’ve given up three in two games. New York became the second team with more than one power-play goal in a game against Carolina this season.
Carolina has scored five or more goals in 12 games this season, winning every one of them.
It was the fourth game in which the Rangers allowed more than five goals, and the first since a 7-3 loss to Colorado on Dec. 8.
Hurricanes left-winger Jordan Martinook is on the COVID-19 protocol list. He missed more than a month with injury before returning for two games before this latest development.
The Rangers’ scratches included right-winger Julien Gauthier, a former Hurricanes first-round pick. He is scoreless in his last nine games.
Rangers: Host Arizona on Saturday night.
Hurricanes: In New Jersey Saturday night.
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