Series (Game 3 of 4)

Carolina leads 2-1

Game 1: Saturday, October 18th
Game 2: Thursday, October 30th
Game 3: Thursday, November 6th
Game 4: Thursday, January 8th

Rangers 3

(5-4-1, 13 pts)

Hurricanes 6

(3-5-0, 10 pts)

7:00 PM ET, November 6, 2003

PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

1 2 3 T
NYR 2 0 13
CAR 2 1 36

C. Adams (Hurricanes - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

K. Weekes (Hurricanes - G): Saves: 29, Save Pct.: .906

D. Markov (Hurricanes - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

Adams scores twice for Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Craig Adams is one of the last guys the Carolina Hurricanes expect to jump-start their struggling offense.

But the light-scoring Adams had two goals Thursday night, enabling the Hurricanes to snap a three-game losing streak with a 6-3 victory over the New York Rangers.

"Obviously you expect to see more two-goal games out of Jeff O'Neill," Adams said of the team's All-Star right wing. "And you probably will. But everybody likes to score goals and I'm no different."

Carolina beat the Rangers for the first time in six games in earning just its third win with a season-high goal total.

The two goals by Adams were his ninth and 10th in 170 career games.

Erik Cole finished off the Rangers with an empty-net goal with 49 seconds left.

"Offensively, defensively, we just didn't bring it," New York forward Bobby Holik said. "We just didn't think we had to play as well as we had the past few nights and they took the game away from us."

The Hurricanes, with the worst power play in the NHL, had four straight man-advantage opportunities in a nine-minute span in the second only to come up empty.

But Adams pounced on a rebound off Sean Hill's shot with 4:16 left in the period to give the Hurricanes a 3-2 lead and momentum heading to the third.

Ryan Bayda handed the Hurricanes some breathing room 3:09 into the third when Aaron Ward's shot from the point deflected off his shin pad and past Jussi Markkanen, who shut out Dallas on Tuesday. Markkanen wasn't sharp in this one.

The Rangers closed to 4-3 midway through the third when former Carolina forward Jan Hlavac was awarded a questionable penalty shot and beat Kevin Weekes between the legs.

"I know Weekes' tendencies a little," Hlavac said. "I was thinking about that move, the backhand. I know him from last year."

But a minute later, a wide-open Adams took a feed from Rod Brind'Amour and gave Carolina its second two-goal lead of the game.

"We got a lot of contributions from everybody," Jeff O'Neill said. "It seems like we had some bang-bang plays where guys just buried them and in the past we hadn't seem to be able to do that. It's a game of breaks and we had some."

Again, Carolina got off to a miserable start at home when Bayda and Bob Boughner took penalties less than six minutes in as the Rangers dominated early.

The shot total favored New York 9-1 before Alex Kovalev beat Weekes halfway through the first.

The Hurricanes rebounded with Josef Vasicek's team-leading seventh less than two minutes after the Kovalev goal. Rookie Eric Staal scored on a rebound 18 seconds into Holik's roughing penalty.

However, Carolina couldn't take the lead into the locker room. What appeared to be a harmless centering pass from the boards by Brian Leetch bounced off the skate of Martin Rucinsky and past Weekes.

Not only did Carolina squander its first-period lead, but Hurricanes defenseman Danny Markov lose three teeth after taking an inadvertent high stick in the corner from Kovalev. The play drew blood, but there was no penalty called.

X-rays on Markov's jaw were negative and he returned 37 seconds into the second.

"I literally stickhandled two of his teeth to (trainer) Pete Friesen," Brind'Amour said. "I figured that would put him out but then I saw him back in there. There is no question he's one tough kid."

Game notes

The teams met for the third time in 19 days and finished 1-1-1. ... Ward returned to the lineup after missing seven games with an infection. ... New York D Tom Poti missed his second straight game with the flu. ... Vasicek's seven goals have come on just 27 shots. ... Marty Murray picked up his first point with Carolina when he assisted on Adams' goal.

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