Rangers vs. Hurricanes: Derek Stepan breaks Rangers' goal drought

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The goal sparked a lifeless Rangers offense into action.

Well, it happened. The Rangers finally scored after 129:55 without lighting the lamp.

After a lifeless first period where they got outshot 14-6 by the Hurricanes, the New York Rangers finally converted a scoring chance in the second period. (And it's not like they didn't have scoring chances before. Looking at you, Rick Nash.)

Joni Pitkanen ran Ryan Callahan into Dan Ellis, who immediately fell to the ice, leaving the net wide open for Derek Stepan to tie the game at 1-1. Ellis clearly wanted a goalie interference penalty (to the point that I'm pretty sure he was selling it a little bit while sprawled on the ice there) but the officials did not oblige. Suddenly the Rangers' goalless streak is over, game is tied after two periods and New York leads in shots on goal.

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