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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

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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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Video- Nino Niederreiter Has A Hearing Today

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Tony DeAngelo Enjoying Life With The Carolina Hurricanes

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

It’s been a minute since the Rangers and Tony DeAngelo shared a sheet of ice, but when the Blueshirts take on the ’Canes here Friday night in their next challenge, No. 77 will be on the other side.

He will be the one thriving after a year of enforced idleness that followed, well, come on, you know the story by now. Outburst(s). A post-game encounter with a teammate following a final warning. Waivers. Exile. Buyout.

And a new start away from the bright lights of Broadway.

“It’s going really well for me here,” DeAngelo, who signed a one-year free-agent deal for $1 million with Carolina following the buyout, told The Post this week. “I was a little rusty in training camp, though, I came back and it was, ‘Holy blank, I didn’t know I was out this long.’ So it took me a little bit to get going.

“But there are so many good players here and the pace has been so high from the start that I was able to get comfortable pretty early. It’s been real smooth. We started off 9-0 and it doesn’t get better than that.”

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Video- Ian Cole Fined $5K

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Do You Really Know Don Waddell?

from Scott Burnside of Hurricanes.com,

We could start with the fact that moments before we sit down with Carolina Hurricanes President & General Manager Don Waddell he's been interviewing candidates for the GM job of PNC Arena.

Or, we could start with the fact that since arriving as the team's president of business operations in 2014 Waddell has, barring travel, been in his office, usually at 5 a.m., every day but perhaps three. And two of those were Christmas Days.

Or, we could start with the fact that over the past three-plus years Waddell has had to lobby state politicians on the benefits of sports wagering and lobbying his owner to add this player or that player with equal dexterity.

But we will start with the porta-potties.

Because, well, why wouldn't we? And not to spoil it, but it all makes tie together quite nicely.

Those who knew Waddell back in the day say he was a heck of a player. The skilled defenseman played in just one NHL game, that for the Los Angeles Kings in 1980-81. But he would likely have been a part of the Miracle On Ice team in 1980, had he not suffered a knee injury shortly before those magical Olympics. He rolled up points like a madman at the minor pro level.

But Waddell knew he wanted something else apart from grinding it out in the minors. So he decided to step away from the game and he started a porta-potty business in Toledo.

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