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First day on job a good one for Mironov

NEW YORK (AP) -- Boris Mironov would be hard-pressed to have a
complaint about his first day with the New York Rangers.

The newly acquired defenseman had two assists, and
Bobby Holik
scored twice in the Rangers' 5-1 victory over the Carolina
Hurricanes on Wednesday night.

Eric Lindros added a goal and an assist, and Mike Dunham stopped
30 shots for the Rangers, who were 0-3-2 at Madison Square Garden since
beating San Jose in overtime on Dec. 16.

"Boris looked very comfortable and confident out there,''
Rangers coach Bryan Trottier said.

Mironov assisted on Jamie Lundmark's first NHL goal and also set
up Matthew Barnaby's sixth of the season that gave New York a 1-0
lead in the first period. John Tripp also had two assists in his
NHL debut. Tripp and Lundmark were recalled from Hartford of the
AHL on Tuesday.

Mironov, acquired earlier in the day from Chicago, hadn't played
since Dec. 1. He skipped practice two days later because of a lack
of playing time, and demanded a trade. He was suspended and stayed
away until Dec. 31, when he began a 14-day conditioning program.

"I really enjoyed tonight and got a few points, so it's
great,'' Mironov said. "We got two points and we have to prepare
ourselves for tomorrow. Every game is important to us.''

Barnaby scored the first goal just 3:46 in. Mironov won the puck
along the right sideboards and got it to Barnaby, who walked out to
the inside edge of the right circle and beat Arturs Irbe with a
wrist shot.

The goal gave Barnaby a career-high five-game point scoring
streak (2-4-6).

Holik made it 2-0 with a power-play goal at 6:08 of the second.
He picked up a loose puck, that deflected off New York's Gordie
Dwyer in front of the net, spun around in the crease, and whipped
the puck past Irbe for his sixth goal.

"On the first goal, on the power play, it was a turnover,''
Holik said. "The puck popped loose. All the little things bring
results. The only thing on our minds was hard work and
discipline.''

Lindros added a power-play goal at 13:33 of the second to make
it 3-0. Mark Messier passed to Lindros from behind the net and
Lindros stuffed it through Irbe's pads for his 13th goal.

The Rangers won all four games in the season series from the
Hurricanes, the defending Eastern Conference champions.

"We're obviously struggling,'' Carolina coach Paul Maurice
said. "I don't think tonight was a matter of one or two guys not
being ready to play. I thought the battle was good in the first
period, and then those two short-handed goals and that's the
game.''

Lundmark scored with 1:42 left in the second when he converted
his own rebound for a 4-0 Rangers lead.

Jeff O'Neill made it 4-1 with his 17th goal, a power-play tally
from point-blank range at 1:15 of the third period.

Holik scored his seventh from the right circle at 6:44 to make
it 5-1.

Game notes
The Rangers have scored at least one power-play goal in
nine straight games. They have 11 man-advantage goals in that span.
... Mironov was acquired for a fourth-round pick in the 2004 draft.
... Carolina recorded only one shot on goal in the first 14
minutes. ... It was Holik bobblehead doll night. ... Kevin Weekes
replaced Irbe for the third period, and allowed one goal on four
shots. Irbe yielded four goals in 20 shots.