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Deadlock keeps both teams winless

10/19/2003

NEW YORK (AP) -- At least both teams were perfect on the penalty
kill.

Erik Cole and Craig Adams each had a goal and an assist, and the
Carolina Hurricanes tied the New York Rangers 2-2 Saturday night,
the second consecutive tie for both teams.

Carolina was 0-for-5 on power play chances and New York was
0-for-4. Hurricanes' goalie Kevin Weekes stopped 26 shots and New
York's Mike Dunham stopped 29.

"At times we felt like we had them back on their heels," Cole
said. "I'd be more frustrated if we were playing (poorly) and
losing. We're tying games and losing by one goal. It's just a
matter of time."

The Hurricanes had more than a minute of power-play time in
overtime and pressed the Rangers for nearly the entire five
minutes. New York had a chance late in the extra period when center
Bobby Holik's shot was gloved by Weekes, touching off a tussle
between New York's Jamie Lundmark and Carolina's Danny Markov.
Neither team managed another shot after that.

"That has been our same story all season," Carolina coach Paul
Maurice said. "We have to put some pucks in the net or just finish
some of the chances we are getting. We are having a rough time
squeezing them in. We were talking about just throwing the puck at
the net tonight."

New York is getting frustrated, too. The Rangers had two
power-play chances at the end of regulation, but Weekes was strong
in the goal and Carolina's defense stifled New York.

"In training camp we shoot the puck and now they're not
shooting," New York coach Glen Sather said. "Now we're trying to
overpass it. We have to shoot the puck, hit the net and make the
guy make a save."

Lundmark led a three-on-two break with under a minute left, but
Weekes caught his shot with 44 seconds left, and neither team
threatened again.

"We're not playing very well -- that's obvious," Mark Messier
said. "It's a group effort. Other than Dunham, we haven't played
well."

The Hurricanes now have a nine-game winless streak, dating to
last season.

The Rangers (0-2-2) had not scored since their season-opening
loss to the Minnesota Wild, but matched the Hurricanes (0-2-2)
offensively for two periods.

Cole took Rod Brind'Amour's pass on a break with Adams, dishing
off and then scoring when Adams gave it back in the third minute of
the opening period.

Eric Lindros ended the Rangers' scoring drought 7:59 into the
game with his first goal of the season, an unassisted score after
he stole the puck from defender Glen Wesley.

The Hurricanes went up quickly in the second period as
Brind'Amour centered the puck to Cole, whose pass found Adams in
front of the goal. Adams chipped it in at 3:00 as he fell to his
knees for his first goal of the season.

Messier tied the game at 2 at 7:06 of the second when he scored
his first goal of the season after a wraparound pass from Matthew
Barnaby.

New York was issued its fourth penalty of the game with a minute
to go in the second period and Carolina pressed the Rangers, but
goalie Dunham stopped one shot and the Hurricanes couldn't manage
another.

"My job is to stop the puck, so it's not frustrating for me,"
Dunham said. "We're working hard. We just need a lucky break on
the power play to get going. We just need a bounce right now."

Game notes
The Rangers, booed during introductions before their home
opener against Atlanta on Thursday, received a lukewarm reception
before Saturday's game. Dunham got a warm greeting for his 30-stop
shutout in a tie with the Thrashers.