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Rangers aim to tie low-scoring series with Hurricanes

Carolina Hurricanes at New York Rangers

  1. Carolina is 6-0 at home and 0-4 on the road in the playoffs this year. They are the fifth team in NHL history to play 10 or more consecutive games won by the home team in one playoff year. The four other teams are the 1962 Maple Leafs (first 11 games), 1976 Maple Leafs (first 10 games), 2011 Bruins (10 games) and 2013 Kings (11 games).
  2. The Hurricanes won the last six playoff series in which they led 2-1 heading into Game 4 including their first-round series against Boston this year. The Rangers are 5-3 in the last eight playoff series in which they trailed 2-1 after doing so in their first round series against the Penguins.
  3. Nino Niederreiter has scored four goals in 10 playoff games for the Hurricanes this year, which ties him with Sebastian Aho for the team lead. Niederreiter had scored only four goals in 45 postseason games over the previous six years (2016-2021 with Minnesota and Carolina) and not more than one goal in any single year.
  4. The Rangers have won their last four games at Madison Square Garden. The franchise record for consecutive home wins in one playoff year is five, done four times (in 1940, 1974, 1981 and 1994).
  5. Chris Kreider's goal in Game 3 was his team-high sixth goal in this year's playoffs and the 30th goal of his Rangers playoff career. Rod Gilbert (34) is the only other player in Rangers history with 30 or more playoff goals for the club.
  6. Igor Shesterkin made 43 saves in his 3-1 win in Game 3. It was the third time since 1955-56 (when the NHL began recording goalie saves) that a Rangers goaltender made 43 or more saves in a non-overtime playoff game. Mike Richter stopped 43 shots in 1992 and Glen Hanlon made 45 saves in 1984.
(AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

On Sunday, the New York Rangers managed to find more open ice for their offense and then survived a barrage of shots on goal from the Carolina Hurricanes.

As a result, the Rangers have a chance to even the Eastern Conference second-round series at home on Tuesday.

Neither team has scored much in a series that has seen plenty of tight checking after both teams needed seven games to get through the first round. The Rangers have four goals while the Hurricanes have scored five times.

In Game 3 on Sunday, it appeared Carolina was on the verge of taking complete command of the series, especially when it took the game's first seven shots and 13 of the first 15.

New York goalie Igor Shesterkin survived the early barrage and made 43 saves while the Rangers got some production from their top players in the 3-1 win. Artemi Panarin made the long pass for Mika Zibanejad, who scored a power-play goal in the first period and then set up Chris Kreider's goal in the second period.

"I liked the way we battled," New York coach Gerard Gallant said. "... We felt like we were going to win the hockey game. Our goalie was outstanding in the first half of the game and made some big key saves for us. I thought we played well enough to win."

Before Panarin, Zibanejad and Kreider combined for four points in Game 3, the trio had combined for seven shots on goal in the opening two games while New York's potent offense produced 49 shots in the first two games and saw 39 shots get blocked. On Sunday, the three combined for 10 of New York's 33 shots on goal and the Rangers only saw 10 of their shots get blocked.

"All three games have been really, really close games," Kreider said. "Could've gone either way and you know, that's playoff hockey. You just got to continue to work for your bounces."

The only bounce Carolina saw go its way was a backhander by Nino Niederreiter that trickled by Shesterkin. Despite their 44 shots being their most of the playoffs, the Hurricanes dropped to 0-4 on the road this postseason.

"I think overall we definitely had our opportunities to win the game," Carolina coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "I would take that game most nights to be quite honest with you."

Carolina's biggest problem continues to be the power play. The Hurricanes mustered seven shots on three fruitless power plays, are 1-for-19 in their four road playoff games and 5-for-43 overall in the postseason.

"It's execution, honestly," Carolina's Jaccob Slavin said. "We've got guys who are skilled. We've had the power play in the past and throughout the season be excellent. We were in the top there for a while. It's just a matter of execution and, honestly, work. We've got to work a little harder."

There may be some lingering tension when the puck drops Tuesday.

As Game 3 was ending, Carolina's Max Domi tackled New York defenseman Ryan Lindgren resulting in a brief wrestling match and Gallant shouting at former New York defenseman Tony DeAngelo, who heard boos throughout the game.

--Field Level Media

Updated May 24, 2022

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