NEW YORK ( Associated Press) — Micah Zibnejad had one goal and one assist, Igor Shesterkin blocked 43 shots, and the New York Rangers beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 in Game 3 of their second-round playoff series on Sunday.
Chris Creder and Tyler Motte also scored as Rangers cut their deficit to 2-1 in a best-of-seven matchup. Game 4 is on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.
It was the Rangers’ second win against Carolina in the teams’ last 10 meetings, relating to the qualifying round of the 2020 playoffs in Toronto in a bubble. The Hurricanes went on to win that series in three games and three out of four in the regular season.
Nino Niedreiter scored for Carolina and Anti Ranta made 30 saves. The Hurricanes fell 0-4 on the road this post season to go with their 6-0 home mark.
Shesterkin had 17 saves in the first period, 17 in the second and nine in the third.
Rangers had a 2-on-1 breakaway in 5 1/2 minutes in the third period, but Ryan Reeves’ right side shot was blocked by Ranta. Motte, who had begun to raise his arms in anticipation of a target, could not control the rebound.
Ranta then made a stellar save three minutes later to deny Kapo Kako’s right-handed effort the game of a goal.
Hurricanes pulled Ranta for an extra skater for 2 1/2 minutes. Less than 30 seconds later, Creder missed an opportunity at the empty net, but Motte sealed it with a backhander from the defensive area with 1:23 remaining.
Kreider extended the Rangers’ lead 2-0 as he got a puck from Jibenejad from behind the Hurricanes’ net, brought it to Ranta’s right, and fired a shot at the goalkeeper top shelf from the left circle at 5:55 of the second. gave. , It was Creder’s sixth of the postseason.
Niederreiter took Hurricanes second on the scoreboard at 8:18 as he brought the puck to the right and placed a backhander behind Shesterkin for his fourth playoff.
Carolina beat New York 17-13 in the first period and gave better chances in the first 10 minutes of the game to lead 12-3. However, Storm got nothing ahead of Shesterkin.
Zibnejad opened the scoring with Rangers’ first power-play goal of the series. He got a pass from Artemi Panarin and fired a shot from the left circle in front of Ranta, with 8:06 left in the first for the fourth of the season. It was New York’s first goal since the start of the first period of Game 1.
Rangers, who were closed in Game 2, came down to 0 for 5 on the power play against the Hurricanes.
Looking for a spark, Rangers coach Gerard Gallant shuffled the lines to begin the game. Andrew Copp centered a line with Kako and Frank Vatrano. The second line was Filip Chitil who centered Kredar and Zibnejad. Panarin focused a line with Alexis Lafrenier and Ryan Strom. Fourth in line were Kevin Rooney, Motte and Reeves.
Gallant went back to the team’s normal lines to start the third period.
Kreider’s goal earned him 47 career points post-season, tying Ron Duguay for ninth place in franchise history.
Carolina’s Teuvo Teravenen broke a three-game point streak with one goal and three assists.
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