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Rangers 6, Hurricanes 3

December 27, 1998

GREENSBORO (AP) _ Petr Nedved had two goals and two assists, and the New York Rangers scored six times in the second period for a 6-3 victory Saturday night over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Adam Graves also scored two goals, and Jeff Beukeboom, Sean Pronger and Niklas Sundstrom had two assists apiece for New York. The six goals fell two shy of the Rangers’ record for goals in a period, set in a 12-1 win over the California Golden Seals in 1971.

Carolina gave up six goals in a period for the second time in its existence.

The Hurricanes had defeated the Rangers 1-0 in Madison Square Garden on Dec. 23, and controlled the first period Saturday, outshooting New York 7-2.

Rangers’ goaltender Mike Richter stopped a point-blank backhand shot by Ray Sheppard four minutes into the game. But four minutes later, Sheppard fed Sami Kapanen from behind the goal and he slid a short shot past Richter for a 1-0 Carolina lead.

The Rangers killed two Carolina power plays in the first period, and two minutes into the second Nedved fought through two defenders at the blue line and flipped a shot over Arturs Irbe to tie the game.

Kevin Stevens slipped a backhand shot between Irbe’s legs at 6:38, and 54 seconds later Nedved took a cross-ice pass from Mike Knuble and flicked a shot over Irbe for a 3-1 lead.

Hurricanes’ coach Paul Maurice replaced Irbe with Trevor Kidd after Nedved’s second goal, but Graves took a pass from Pronger and beat Kidd 1:27 after he entered the game.

Peter Popovic blasted a shot past Kidd 1:05 later, and Graves scored 1:37 after Popovic’s goal to complete the scoring barrage.

Wayne Gretzky, who leads the league in assists with 29, did not have a point.

Gary Roberts scored for Carolina with 7:28 left, and Nelson Emerson added a power-play goal with 1:59 remaining.

The game drew a sellout crowd of 11,059 _ just the second this season at Greensboro Coliseum. The Hurricanes also drew a sellout crowd for their 3-0 win over Detroit on Dec. 12.

The Rangers beat the Hurricanes for the fifth time in their last seven meetings.

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