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RALEIGH Womens Derek Dorsett Jersey , N.C. (AP) The New York Rangers have known for a while they won’t make the playoffs. They made it official that the Carolina Hurricanes won’t, either.Ryan Sproul scored and Kevin Hayes added a short-handed goal, and the Rangers beat the Hurricanes 2-1 on Saturday night to eliminate them from the playoff race.Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves for New York, which entered having lost three straight and six of seven – going 1-4-2 in that stretch – and was formally knocked out of the postseason chase earlier in the week.”Especially when you’re officially eliminated, you want to end on a good note,” alternate captain Mika Zibanejad said. ”You want to be able to get something out of it, and it’s just easy to lay down and just not care, but that’s not how we are as individuals in here.”Jeff Skinner scored and Cam Ward made 18 saves for the Hurricanes , who will miss the playoffs for the ninth straight year – the longest active postseason drought in the NHL. For the third consecutive season, their official elimination came in their 79th game.”I think we’ve known for a while, obviously, so officially, unofficially, we’ve still got to be ready to work and be a pro and show up and win games and play well for our fans,” co-captain Jordan Staal said.Lundqvist’s third victory against Carolina this season helped the Rangers finish off a sweep in the series. New York won the first three games by a combined 17-5, but this was Ward’s first start of the season against them. Carolina’s previous three losses came with Scott Darling in net.Skinner’s goal with 11:53 remaining made it a one-goal game Jacob Markstrom Jersey , but the Rangers locked down after that, ending the game by killing a slashing penalty to Hayes over the final 74 seconds.”You’ve just got to stick to your system,” defenseman Brady Skjei said. ”We felt confident that we could kill it off, and when it comes down to 6-on-4, you’ve got to keep it compact and just try to keep pucks to the outside. That was kind of our mindset, and a few good sticks by our guys and that clear at the end by (Mats Zuccarello) was huge.”Sproul scored first with 16:59 left in the second period. After Paul Carey dug the puck out of the corner, he found Sproul skating unimpeded between the circles and he ripped it past Ward for his first goal.Then, with Zibanejad in the penalty box for tripping Markus Granlund Jersey , Jesper Fast led a rush and threaded a pass to Hayes for a short-handed goal with 6:37 left in the second. That put the Rangers – who entered 21-0-1 when leading after two periods – up 2-0 after 40 minutes.”The shorty’s the game-winner, right?” Carolina coach Bill Peters asked rhetorically. ”That’s the difference in the hockey game.”NOTES: Sproul’s goal left D Rob O’Gara as the only Rangers skater in the lineup without at least one goal on the season. … Carolina C Derek Ryan, who assisted on Skinner’s goal, has points in four straight games.UP NEXTRangers: Continue their season-ending four-game road trip at New Jersey on Tuesday night.Hurricanes: Will try to play spoiler at Florida on Tuesday night.— UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Casey DeSmith is providing a lift for the Pittsburgh Penguins while Matt Murray is sidelined by a lower-body injury.DeSmith made 25 saves to lead the Penguins to a 2-1 shootout win against the New York Islanders on Monday night.“He was really good all night. He was locked in,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “He made some big saves for us.”Jake Guentzel scored the decisive goal in the tiebreaker, helping Pittsburgh improve to 3-0-1 in its last four games. Guentzel also assisted on Derick Brassard’s tying goal in the third period.Penguins star Phil Kessel beat Robin Lehner in the first round of the shootout, but Josh Bailey scored on New York’s third attempt to keep the tiebreaker going. Valtteri Filppula was denied by DeSmith before Guentzel closed out the win for Pittsburgh at Nassau Coliseum.DeSmith improved to 6-1-2 in his past nine starts.“We have to be patient and make sure we don’t beat ourselves Michael Del Zotto Jersey ,” Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said. “Casey was unbelievable tonight. He was right on all night. That gave us a chance in the shootout.”Anthony Beauvillier scored in the second period for the Islanders, and Lehner finished with 23 stops.New York had a power-play chance in overtime when Brassard was penalized for tripping Filppula. But the Islanders came up empty.“That kill was huge,” Sullivan said. “That was the difference in the game.”Beauvillier put the Islanders ahead with his eighth goal 6:32 into the middle period, converting a pass from Josh Bailey.Brassard responded 2:13 into the third, knocking the puck past Lehner for his fourth goal of the season.The teams played a scoreless first period that had plenty of drama. The Islanders failed to score on three power plays, and then killed off a four-minute penalty on captain Anders Lee.Lee was heartened by the Islanders’ solid effort against the Penguins, who won the Stanley Cup in 2016 and 2017 and have a knack for getting stronger as the season moves along.“It’s a 1-1 hockey game against a good team that ends in a shootout,” Lee said. “For the most part Sam Gagner Jersey , we played a good game. It was a statement game for us. We were moving our feet and working hard.”The teams split their four meetings this season.NOTES: Islanders F Cal Clutterbuck departed after he was cross-checked by Penguins D Kris Letang. Islanders coach Barry Trotz had no update on Clutterbuck after the game. … The Islanders scratched forwards Tom Kuhnhackl and Josh Ho-Sang, who was recalled from the minors on Sunday, and defenseman Luca Sbisa. … Pittsburgh scratched defensemen Chad Ruhwedel and Jusso Riikola and forward Patric Hornqvist.UP NEXTIslanders: Host Vegas Golden Knights at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Wednesday.Penguins: Visit the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday.