With a chance to clinch a playoff spot, the Rangers knew a quick start would be needed in Carolina. Derek Stepan gave them that in the first four minutes of the game. Ryan Callahan received a long pass at the Carolina blueline but had trouble handling it. Carl Hagelin used his speed to catch up to the puck, turned and hit Stepan in the slot who went low stick side for his 17th goal of the season. The Rangers would go onto win 4-3 in overtime to clinch a playoff berth.
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