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Canes Or Rangers?

from Sportsnet,

What will win out: Carolina's home record, or New York's elimination game record?

It's the ultimate question coming in. Carolina's home/road splits have been a defining aspect of their path here, as has New York's unflinching approach to their four elimination games so far.

The Canes' two-faced numbers are as staggering as inexplicable. At home, they average 3.57 goals per game, and allow an average of just 1.14 against. That's what you'd expect from a division champ and a Cup hopeful looking to jump over a hurdle this spring. And the way they started against Boston last round, with back-to-back wins in Games 1 and 2 by a combined 10-3 score, the Canes looked like they would plow through one opponent...but then they hit the road.

Away from PNC Arena these playoffs the Hurricanes average just 1.67 goals for and allow an average of 4.33 goals against. It's a curious development for a team whose 25 regular season road wins were tied for tops in the league. So while Saturday's 5-2 loss at MSG was concerning for Carolina's inconsistent play and the results they got in net, there's every indication they'll be a much different team back home on Monday.

The Rangers have played the Hurricanes much tighter in PNC Arena than did Boston, with one loss in OT and a couple of two-goal losses, one of which included an empty-netter. More importantly for the Rangers is that in these playoffs they have already faced elimination four times and won each of those games by at least two goals.

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The Carolina Hurricanes Are Ready For Game 7

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

Take your pick. The Carolina Hurricanes are in their element — at home, in a Game 7 — or they’ve pushed their luck one step too far and the bill has come due.

Both are equally true in this moment. No one really knows. There’s only one way to find out.

What is also true, and unequivocal, is that this has been the strangest damn postseason in memory.

Maybe it’s always like this for the favored team in the playoffs, and it’s been so long since the Hurricanes truly faced the burden of expectations and weren’t just going around upsetting the natural order of things, breaking hearts in Montreal and Toronto and Montreal again, that we’ve all forgotten.

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Before The Puck Drops On Game 7 Tonight

NEW YORK -- The Carolina Hurricanes and New York Rangers will decide their Eastern Conference Second Round series when they meet in Game 7 on Monday, May 30 in Raleigh (8 p.m., ET, ESPN, SN, TVAS). The winner will advance to the Eastern Conference Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Hurricanes will welcome the Rangers to PNC Arena for the sixth Game 7 of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs, one shy of the most in a single postseason. Carolina owns an all-time record of 6-3 in Game 7s, including 3-0 at home; New York is 10-6, including a 2-5 mark on the road.

The Hurricanes have won each of their past six Game 7s, a streak that began with current head coach Rod Brind’Amour scoring the series-clinching goal in the 2006 Conference Finals versus Buffalo en route to the franchise’s only Stanley Cup championship. Carolina can become the first team in Stanley Cup Playoffs history to earn seven consecutive Game 7 wins.

The Rangers, meanwhile, are 7-1 in their past eight Game 7s since 2012, including a win in their most recent road contest (against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Second Round in 2014).

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Bad Blood May Be Brewing For Tonight’s Rangers/Canes Game

from Ethan Sears of the New York Post,

The company line for the Hurricanes following the Max Domi-induced fisticuffs at the end of Game 3 has been to scoff at the Rangers’ reaction to the situation.

Domi himself would agree.

“That was literally a nothing play,” Domi told The Post on Tuesday morning, regarding his cross-check on Ryan Lindgren that sent sparks flying. “Not sure what the big overreaction is. A little cross-check isn’t a big deal.”

Rangers coach Gerard Gallant was visibly upset after the game, getting caught on camera cursing at Carolina defensemen Tony DeAngelo and using his postgame press conference to call out the Hurricanes’ handling of the end of the game, which the Rangers won 3-1.

“Domi took a cheap shot at our defenseman,” Gallant said. “You got a long memory. You think about things, like I said, [the shoe] might be on the other foot someday.”

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Video- Gerard Gallant Post Game

 

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From Both Sides - Rangers/Hurricanes

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Chris Kreider had a dreadful game. Mika Zibanejad battled, but was unable to generate. Artemi Panarin, who talked before the game about how he had adopted a risk-averse approach to the playoffs, tried to do more with the puck in open spaces than he had in Game 1, but couldn’t create. Adam Fox was monitored closely. Ryan Strome was defended well.

The Rangers generated so little that Gallant juggled his combinations late in the second, breaking up the Kid Line so he could flip Alexis Lafreniere with Andrew Copp and get Lafreniere into the top six. Lafreniere battled, but the line changes, under which Frank Vatrano also was replaced by Kaapo Kakko on the right with Kreider and Zibanejad, yielded nothing.

You might say that it is unfair that the Rangers will come out of these first two games with nothing and are just one home loss away from being shoved to the precipice. The Blueshirts defended well enough that Igor Shesterkin was never under undue pressure. On those shifts in which they were pinned in their own end, the Blueshirts defended the middle. They played strong playoff hockey.

But they could not finish the deal because the marquee guys on their marquee power play could not even generate the opportunity to finish.

The Rangers were not necessarily outplayed or outworked by the Hurricanes. You cannot say the same for their power play.

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from Dan Rosen of NHL.om

Antti Raanta knew that in order to give the Carolina Hurricanes a chance against the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Second Round he would have to play perfect, or at least close to it, because that's what Rangers' goalie Igor Shesterkin was going to do, too.

"You get a little more on your toes when you know the other goalie is the tops in the league," Raanta said regarding Shesterkin, who is a finalist for the Vezina Trophy awarded to the NHL's top goaltender.

Raanta was perfect in Game 2 with 21 saves in a 2-0 win at PNC Arena on Friday. Carolina's goalie has been perfect on 45 shots since allowing a goal early in the first period of Game 1.

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Antti Raanta Stars For Carolina In Win Over The Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

This was the goaltender who pushed Henrik Lundqvist to the bench for four straight games midway through the 2016-17 season, when such a thing had never ever been done before.

This was the goaltender who introduced himself to Rangerstown on the first day of training camp in 2015 by assuring everyone that he was not, “The biggest douchebag in the whole word.”

This was the goaltender who stole Game 1 of the conference semifinals on Wednesday night by holding his badly outplayed club in the match through the first 40 minutes until his teammates struck for the tying goal late in the third period before getting the winner early in overtime.

This was Antti Raanta, the 33-year-old Finn who has been a backup throughout almost all of his career, which included two seasons in New York, and who ascended to the No. 1 spot for Carolina when Freddie Andersen went down with a lower body injury on April 16.

“You’re always thinking, ‘Am I good enough to be playing these games?’, when you haven’t gotten the chance to play these, you know?” Raanta said after his sparkling performance allowed the Hurricanes, after a 2-1 victory on Ian Cole’s OT winner at 3:42, to get a 1-0 jump in the series. “You are always questioning yourself about, ‘What if I get the chance to play?’ ”

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Videos- The Carolina Hurricanes Move On To The Second Round Of The Stanley Cup Playoffs

The Hurricanes defeated the Boston Bruins 3-2 to win their series 4-3.

Carolina was the better team today and all games in the series were won by the home team.

Highlights first, handshakes below.

 

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Max Domi Traded To Carolina

added 3:18pm,

 

added6:32pm, Arizona release is below.

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Eight-Year Extension For Jesperi Kotkaniemi In Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. – Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has signed forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi to an eight-year contract extension. The deal will pay Kotkaniemi an average-annual value (AAV) of $4.82 million per season through 2029-30.

“Jesperi has shown us just how high his ceiling can be through his skill and work ethic, and that he is a great fit with our young core,” said Waddell. “He is still just 21 years old, and we are confident his role in our organization will continue to expand in the years to come.”

Kotkaniemi, 21, has tallied 23 points (11g, 12a) in 59 games with Carolina in 2021-22. His 11 goals are tied for his single-season career high, previously set over 79 games in 2018-19, and rank tied for sixth on the team. The 6’2”, 201-pound forward was acquired from Montreal in the offseason when the Canadiens declined to match the NHL’s first successful offer sheet since 2007. Kotkaniemi registered 62 points (22g, 40a) in 171 regular-season games with Montreal from 2018-21 and added 12 points (9g, 3a) in 29 playoff games with the team, including the overtime winner in Game 6 of the 2021 North Division First Round against Toronto. He also skated in 13 AHL games with Laval in 2019-20, recording 13 points (1g, 12a). The Pori, Finland, native earned 37 points (12g, 25a) in 67 Liiga games over two seasons with Assat and represented his home country at the 2017 and 2018 IIHF Under-18 World Championships, winning silver in 2017 and gold in 2018. Kotkaniemi was selected third overall by Montreal in the 2018 NHL Draft.

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