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NEW YORK -- Rick Nash came up big in the third period for the New York Rangers.Nash tied the score with a highlight-reel goal in the opening minute of the third and then set up Jimmy Veseys winner later in the period to rally the Rangers from two goals down for a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.After cutting a 2-0 first-period deficit in half in the second, Nash tied it 24 seconds into the third as he raced up ice, breezed past two Hurricanes defenders and stuck a backhander off the crossbar and in to tie it.Then, with 5:12 remaining in regulation and the Rangers on a power play, Nash slipped the puck under Carolina goalie Cam Ward across the front of the goal to Vesey, and the rookie forward converted with the go-ahead score.I think when youre a leader and youre expected to be one of the top players, you try to do that every night, Nash said. Some nights its there, some nights its not. . But I know thats part of my game, that I have to help these guys and lift them when things arent going right.Veseys goal was his eighth of the season and first since Nov. 12.Nick Holden also scored and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 19 shots to help the Rangers snap a four-game skid at home (0-3-1).Viktor Stalberg scored twice in the first period in his return to New York for the first time since leaving the Rangers to sign with Carolina in the offseason. Cam Ward finished with 25 saves as the Hurricanes lost for the third time in four games.For two periods we were by far the better team and didnt allow much of anything aside from the one goal and a couple other chances on the break, Stalberg said. Other than that, they didnt have any zone time. We were putting pressure on them every single shift. Frustrating ending here.On the tiebreaking goal, the Rangers had the man-advantage because Hurricanes defenseman Ron Hainsey was serving a double-minor for hooking and unsportsmanlike conduct. Vesey converted 95 seconds into the four-minute power play.Youre going to get calls and youre going to get calls against you, Stalberg continued. It is what it is. Were not happy about it, but we should find a way to kill it off.Stalberg got the Blue Jackets on the scoreboard 5:22 into the first period as he fired a wrist shot between Lundqvists legs.Stalberg made it 2-0 with 7:05 left in the period. After Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein turned the puck over, Jay McClement shot the loose puck toward the net and Stalberg knocked in the rebound for his sixth of the season and fourth in five games.Holden cut the deficit in half at 9:13 of the second as he elevated a wrist shot over Wards outstretched arm for his third of the season. Holden has three goals and seven assists in the last 16 games.We didnt start off the game the way we wanted, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said after his 270th game with the team, passing Colin Campbell for sole possession of ninth place on the franchises all-time list. You get behind the 8-ball against a hardworking team that can check real well, you need some people to come out and take charge.In recent games, the Rangers have struggled to play with the speed and skill that propelled them to the top of the standings through the first quarter of the season. However, that changed in the second period.I think the second period we started to get things going, playing with speed and getting possession, holding on to pucks down low in their end, Vesey said. We got the first one and they mightve tightened up. We talked about it before the game, but it was a big two points against an Eastern Conference team.The Rangers have won 12 straight games against the Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden and are 20-3-0 against Carolina since Feb. 22, 2011.Game notes The Rangers granted a Make-A-Dream Come True experience for 11-year-old Bryce Rogerson from New York Presbyterian and Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley. Bryce had the opportunity to be an honorary Rangers Coach for a day. ... D Adam Clendening and F Josh Jooris were healthy scratches for New York. ... F Mika Zibanejad missed his fifth game with a broken left fibula. ... On Monday, the Hurricanes placed Jordan Staal (concussion) on injured reserve. ... Carolina scratched D Klas Dahlbeck, D Ryan Murray and F Brock McGinn.UP NEXTHurricanes: At Boston on Thursday night before returning to Madison Square Garden on Saturday in the finale of a three-game trip.Rangers: At Buffalo on Thursday night. Salomon Baratas Chinas Online . -- The proud fathers huddled near the Dallas Stars dressing room, smiling, laughing and telling stories while wearing replica green sweaters of their sons team. Zapatillas Salomon Baratas . Fellow centre Pavel Datsyuk remains out because of a concussion. Zetterberg has 11 goals and 19 assists for a team-high 30 points, and Datsyuk has a team-high 12 goals and 11 assists. http://www.baratassalomon.es/ . -- Charlie Graham stopped 67 shots as the Belleville Bulls edged the visiting Guelph Storm 6-5 on Saturday in Ontario Hockey League action. Zapatillas Salomon España . -- Quarterback Will Finch threw for 252 yards and three touchdowns, and Yannick Harou rushed in two scores as the No. Salomon Baratas Chinas . -- Tony Stewart is 20 pounds lighter and has a titanium rod in his surgically repaired right leg. CHICAGO -- Carl Edwards Jr. pulled a W flag over his shoulders and danced in the middle of the clubhouse. Ben Zobrist wiggled from side to side as ice cubes tumbled down his back to the drenched floor. David Ross closed his eyes as a bottle of beer was poured over his head.The Chicago Cubs had to wait until Friday to celebrate their NL Central title, but they quickly made up for lost time.Moments after Miguel Monteros 10th-inning homer lifted Chicago to a 5-4 victory over Milwaukee, the Cubs pulled on postseason hats and shirts and then partied all over Wrigley Field. It began with pictures and hugs all over the infield, and then transitioned to a boozy segment in their plush clubhouse before returning to the field to wave to their delirious fans and pose for more pictures with family and friends.We enjoy each other and we have fun together, Zobrist said, and thats (what) makes this kind of situation fun. Even if its just a regular win on a regular day, we still enjoy each other and we have fun for about a half-hour and then were done. But this one will last a little bit longer than that.The Cubs became the first major league team to clinch their division when St. Louis lost at San Francisco late Thursday night. They had a chance to wrap it up on the field, but Scooter Gennetts tiebreaking two-run double in the seventh lifted Milwaukee to a 5-4 win earlier in the night.Manager Joe Maddon and the players were long gone from Wrigley by the time the Giants finished off the Cardinals. But they were clearly ready to go on Friday.A DJ played thumping dance music as the players and coaches sprayed each other with beer and champagne. It was mostly quiet for a short time while owner Tom Ricketts toasted executives Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer and the best team in all of baseball, and then the party was on once again.Its always great to go to October, Epstein said. But to go in with a group of guys that you really believe in and that are committed and connected and understand whats at stake and want so badly to make it happen is great. I wouldnt trade our 25 for anyone elses.Epstein, Hoyer and several other members of Chicagos front office watched most of the game from the famed bleachers, and Epstein wore a comically fake mustache for the occasion.We made a deal with the guys that wed go out there the day after we won the division, a grinning Epstein said, and then in case something went really wrong in the game I thought it might be good to be disguised out there.dddddddddddd Then I kind of didnt plan ahead, so last-minute, thats what the costume store had.Whatever. I was half-committed to it, but who cares? It was fun. We had a good time.The division had seemed like a foregone conclusion ever since Chicago got off to a 25-6 start, serving notice that all the preseason hype was justified. Led by MVP candidates Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo and a ridiculously deep pitching staff, the Cubs are on top of the majors with a 94-53 record.It is 108 years since Chicago last won the World Series in 1908, a drought the Cubs hope to end this year. But in the meantime, they werent taking the NL Central title for granted.Winning your division, thats a highlight, Maddon said. Its always a highlight. Being able to avoid a wild-card game ... you really want to avoid that if you possibly can.Chicago beat Pittsburgh in the wild-card game a year ago, and then eliminated St. Louis before it was swept by the New York Mets in the NL Championship Series. The Cubs had to wait until Sept. 25 to clinch their 2015 postseason spot, and that also was via a loss by another contender.This time around, Chicago is into the playoffs with a couple weeks to spare. It is still hoping for home-field advantage throughout the NL postseason, but clinching the division so early gives Maddon plenty of time to rest some position players and take care of his pitching staff.Now we have this opportunity to plan it out, slowly, really try to make some intelligent decisions while were still playing the same game with the same kind of intensity, Maddon said. Thats what were looking for.Most of Chicagos regulars were out of the lineup for the Friday afternoon start, and Maddon said he planned to wait until Saturday for more in-depth discussions with his coaching staff about their plans for the rest of the regular season -- clearing the way for what they hope will be the first of several parties this year.Its exciting, Ross said. Winning the division is pretty cool and you know a rare treat. I think weve seen this coming for a while now, but its nice to have that finally in the books.---Follow Jay Cohen at http://www.twitter.com/jcohenap ' ' '

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