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NEW YORK, N.Y. - Playing a weak opponent back-to-back gave the New York Rangers a grand chance to enhance their winning streak.One goal was all they required Sunday. Ryan McDonaghs first-period score held up and Cam Talbot made 18 saves as the Rangers extended their victory run to six with a 1-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.The Eastern Conference-worst Hurricanes lost for the eighth time in nine games. A day earlier, the Rangers won 3-2 in a shootout in Raleigh, North Carolina.Well take the two wins, kind of in different fashions, McDonagh said. We did a good job of containing them and eliminating their opportunities.Talbot is 3-3-1 this season backing up Henrik Lundqvist, with all three of his victories being shutouts.You never want to be the guy to come in and break the winning streak, Talbot said. I didnt really have to do a whole lot tonight, the guys in front of me did an unbelievable job.McDonagh scored his second goal of the season 4:10 into the game. He slapped the puck in the slot past goaltender Anton Khudobin, who has yet to win this season (0-8-2).The Rangers captain has points in seven of 10 games since returning to the lineup Nov. 28 after missing 11 games with a shoulder injury. Mats Zuccarello and Derek Stepan assisted on McDonaghs latest goal.The Rangers (17-10-4) have won 10 of their last 13 games to keep pace with Washington in a tight Metropolitan Division race. The Rangers host the Capitals on Tuesday before the three-day Christmas break.The shutout was a league-leading eighth for the Rangers this season and the first time they have eight shutouts in their first 31 games since 1928-29, according to information the team got from the Elias Sports Bureau.We are no different than any team in the NHL. You cant win if you dont get goaltending, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. When we use Cam, hes given us some real good performances.The Rangers outshot Carolina 31-18 in their first home game since Dec. 8, when they started their winning streak with a 4-3 overtime win against Pittsburgh. New York then won three straight in Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary.The Rangers have outscored opponents 20-8 during the six-game streak and have allowed two goals or fewer in their last five contests.The struggling Hurricanes have little to focus on except working hard to reverse their fortunes.You try to keep the mood upbeat and keep telling guys its all part of a learning process, Carolina defenceman John-Michael Lies said. Our goaltender held us in the game. Unfortunately, we couldnt get one for him.The Rangers have won 14 of their last 15 games against Carolina, including eight straight at home since Feb. 22, 2011.NOTES: Rangers defenceman Dan Girardi played his 600th career game. ... The teams meet again Jan. 31 in New York and on March 21 in Raleigh. ... The Rangers scratched forward Lee Stempniak (illness) and defenceman John Moore while the Hurricanes were without leading goal scorer Jiri Tlusty (upper body) for the second straight game. Patrick Willis Youth Jersey . “Im not sure well get Melky Cabrera at all,” said Gibbons. The 29-year-old left fielder struggled all season with knee and hamstring problems. Cabrera was first on the disabled list from June 27-July 20 with tendinitis in his left knee. Matt Breida Jersey . Here are some of the best from Week One and some to watch in Week Two: TOP PERFORMERS Anthony Allen, RB, Saskatchewan (176 YDS, 2 TD, 30 touches vs. Hamilton) - Powerfully-built back burst onto the scene in his CFL debut, after a couple of years in the NFL, playing 21 games with the Baltimore Ravens. http://www.49ersrookiestore.com/49ers-T ... an-Jersey/. It was a move of some time in the making. “He hasnt thrown well, clearly some guys are being used more than him right now and the only way to get out of this funk is to pitch,” said general manager Alex Anthopoulos. Solomon Thomas Youth Jersey . Kelli Stack and Alex Carpenter also scored for the Americans, who avoided a repeat of Finlands upset at the Four Nations Cup in Lake Placid, N.Y., in November. Finnish goalie Noora Raty made 58 saves in that one, but the three-time Olympian could stop just 40 of 43 U. Colin Kaepernick Womens Jersey . The 22-year-old slugger, who is no stranger to adversity, made up for it at the end.SUGAR LAND, Texas - Former NBA star Tracy McGrady allowed two hits and two runs in 1 2-3 innings and took the loss in his debut for the Sugar Land Skeeters on Saturday night. The 34-year-old right-hander threw 35 pitches with 18 strikes and walked two in a 5-3 loss to the Somerset Patriots. He allowed a single in the first inninng before former major leaguer Edwin Maysonet hit a solo homer off of him with one out in the second.dddddddddddd The 6-foot-8 McGrady played baseball until his senior year in high school when he transferred to a school without a baseball program. He was a seven-time NBA All-Star and won two scoring titles. ' ' '
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