Wednesday, June 29, 2022

The Hurricanes win Game 5, push Rangers to the brink of elimination

Raleigh, NC ( Associated Press) — Vincent Trochek buried a short-handed goal, Tuvo Teravenan scored a rare power-play for Carolina and the Hurricanes beat the New York Rangers 3-1 on Thursday night, 3-2. took the lead. Second round playoff series.

Andrei Svechnikov also scored, defeating Igor Shesterkin with a backhander on a breakaway midway through the third period as the Hurricanes secured their Game 5 lead.

It was part of yet another strong home performance for the Metropolitan Division champions, who improved to 7–0 at home in the postseason.

Winning Game 6 in New York on Saturday, the Hurricanes could advance to the Eastern Conference Finals to face two-time Stanley Cup champions Tampa Bay, 0-5 from the PNC Arena despite their regular tie for the NHL lead. are far. – Season road win.

The Hurricanes controlled long parts of the game while maintaining their aggressive style, finishing with a 34-17 shot advantage to keep the pressure on Shesterkin, while easing the burden on Antti Ranta (16 saves) in Carolina’s net .

Now Carolina is faced with the challenge of weeding out a team that is resilient, even stubborn, in the face of a series deficit. The Rangers rallied from the 3–1 hole to defeat Pittsburgh in a seven-game first-round series, then lost the first two games against Carolina before fighting back at home.

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Mika Zibnejad scored a power-play goal for New York, won the first-period faceoff, and then swept to the left for a putaway only six seconds into Man Advantage. Shesterkin – a finalist for both the Vezina Trophy for the league’s top goalscorer and the Hart Trophy for Most Valuable Player – finished with 31 saves against a steady stream of work.

Rangers also saw a second-period goal denied by an offside challenge from Carolina by Ryan Strom for a 2–1 lead.

The Hurricanes’ power-play struggle has been going on for two months, with coach Rod Brind’Amour preaching the importance of execution more than any major change in one of the league’s top-10 units by that time. But things didn’t improve, with Carolina converting 9 out of 89 opportunities (10.1%) in the game since late March.

Yet after a 0 for 9 in the series, the Hurricanes eventually broke through with a quick and crisp puck movement. Rookie Seth Jarvis zipped the puck to Teravenen for a left-side putaway and beat Shesterkin at 9:47 of the second for a 2–1 lead, scoring Carolina’s first goal since the final minute of Game 6 on Man Advantage. marked with. Round series win against Boston.

Carolina’s first goal also came on the special teams, although it was on a perfectly executed shorthanded rush from the turnover by Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba. Jordan Stall carried the puck to the left until Rangers defenseman K’Andre Miller came out to block a pass, but Stahl lifted the puck off the ice and saw Miller’s legs to the right for 1-0. Charged in trochek. Leading earlier at 12:57.

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long run

Carolina’s seven-game home winning streak is the longest in the postseason since Chicago won its first seven games in 2014, a run that ended in the Conference Finals.

Carolina’s seven-game home streak for a single postseason is the longest in franchise history.

siren sounders

Retired American football great Clint Dempsey sounded the pregame “Storm Warning” siren for the storm to pick up the ice.

NASCAR driver Harrison Burton sounded the siren for the first timeout, followed by North Carolina state football coach Dave Doeren—whose Wolfpack plays in the parking lot from the PNC Arena at Carter-Finley Stadium—for the second timeout.

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