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Home-loving Hurricanes seek to close series on Rangers' ice
Carolina Hurricanes at New York Rangers
- The Hurricanes are 9-0 in best-of-seven playoff series in which they led, three-games-to-two (won five times in six games, four times in seven games). Since 1994, the Rangers are 6-4 in best-of-seven series in which they trailed, three-games-to-two (6-19 all-time in such series).
- Carolina is 0-5 on the road in the 2022 playoffs, tying the NHL record for longest road losing streak to begin a playoff year, a mark set by the Maple Leafs in 1976 and previously equaled by the Canadiens in 1992. The only team in NHL history to lose six consecutive road games at any point in one playoff year is the 2013 Kings.
- The Hurricanes have scored eight goals in their five road games in this year's playoffs. (They've scored 25 goals in seven home games.) Andrei Svechnikov (two) is the only player with more than one road goal for Carolina. The Hurricanes ranked fifth in the NHL in road goals during the 2021-22 regular season (142, an average of 3.46 per game).
- The Rangers had only 17 shots on goal in their 3-1 loss in Game 5. It was the first time they had fewer than 20 shots on goal in a playoff game since 2016 (17 SOG in a 3-1 home loss to Pittsburgh). The Rangers won all four games in which they had fewer than 20 shots on goal in the 2021-22 regular season.
- Teuvo Teravainen scored Carolina's only goal in Game 4 and he scored the winning goal in Game 5. It's only the third time a Hurricanes player scored a goal in each of two consecutive games in this year's playoffs. Nino Niederreiter did that in Games 1 and 2 against Boston and Sebastian Aho in Games 1 and 2 of this series.
- Chris Kreider has scored 14 goals in 44 playoff games at Madison Square Garden, which ties him with Adam Graves for the fifth most postseason goals at the current MSG, behind Rod Gilbert, Ron Duguay and Brian Leetch, who each scored 16 goals there.
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Their most dominating performance of the postseason put the Carolina Hurricanes on the brink of getting through the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs and pushed the New York Rangers into yet another must-win game.
That came in a 3-1 win on Thursday in Raleigh, N.C. Now, the Hurricanes are hoping to secure their elusive first road win of the postseason while the Rangers are hoping their home-ice magic appears yet again when the shifts to New York for Game 6.
The Hurricanes have a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.
If Carolina can finish it off, a date with the Tampa Bay Lightning and their fifth conference finals appearance await. If the Rangers can continue the trend of the home team winning each game, Game 7 will be Monday night at Carolina.
Carolina is 0-5 on the road against the Hurricanes and their first-round opponent, Boston, and has been outscored 21-8 in those games. The Hurricanes advanced to the brink of finishing the series by turning in their finest performance of the postseason with Thursday's win.
"It was kind of the game that I've been waiting for," Carolina coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "We've been playing OK, but tonight was good all the way around -- more obviously how we want to play."
Vincent Trocheck scored a short-handed goal in the first period, and Teuvo Teravainen scored the tiebreaking goal on a power play in the second after Carolina went 0-for-9 on the man advantage in the first four games. Andrei Svechnikov also scored on a breakaway in the third.
"We've got a solid defensive corps, top to bottom," Carolina defenseman Jaccob Slavin said. "We all skate well and that's what we want to do. We want to make sure we're staying aggressive, but also want to make sure we're taking away their time, space and chances. Everyone played a heck of a game tonight."
New York won three elimination games in the first round to get past the Pittsburgh Penguins and is on a five-game home winning streak since its triple overtime loss in the playoff opener.
On Thursday against Carolina, New York played its worst game of the series in a game that felt more lopsided than the final score, and coach Gerard Gallant conceded there was some fatigue for a team that had 27 comeback wins in the regular season.
"We weren't as quick as them," Gallant said. "We looked tired for whatever reason."
Igor Shesterkin prevented Game 5 from being more lopsided by making 31 saves. The Rangers are hoping to clean it up defensively in front of Shesterkin, who made 43 saves in Game 3 and 30 in Game 4 and made 99 saves in three elimination games against Pittsburgh.
"We talked about experience with this group going into the playoffs but when I look around the room and the feel in that dressing room is super confident at all times, I think the first series helped a little bit and then having to win Games 3 and 4, those are pretty must-win games and we did a good job," New York's Ryan Strome said. "So, we can draw from those experiences. Our crowd's gonna be great."
--Field Level Media
Updated May 28, 2022