Canes defenseman Jaccob Slavin saves three goals in win over Rangers

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Jaccob Slavin dives to stop Filip Chytil (Getty Images)

Petr Mrazek was credited with 27 saves after the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the New York Rangers 3-0 Friday night at Madison Square Garden, but three of those saves should probably be credited to Jaccob Slavin.

The Canes defenseman made two big stops and a goal-line save to help his netminder and preserve the shutout.

In the opening frame, with Mrazek out of position and the net wide-open, he stopped Jimmy Vesey’s attempt with his stick.

In the second period, Mrazek tried to be aggressive but Kevin Hayes was able to tuck the puck around him. Have no fear, it was Slavin to the rescue again as he swiped the puck away on the goal line.

Later in the period, he put his whole body into a save as he knocked Filip Chytil’s shot attempt away.

Slavin, a 24-year-old Denver native, has 25 points in 55 games this season and is now minus-6.

The win was the Hurricanes’ first in New York since 2010 and spoiled the Rangers’ night after they honored the 1994 Stanley Cup championship team.