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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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Below are the game highlights.

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from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

This was one time no one needed to be told how bad they were playing. The paint on the dressing room walls could and would remain thoroughly unpeeled. The Carolina Hurricanes had no illusions. They were getting their butts beat, and they were lucky they didn’t have to claw back more than one goal in the final 20 minutes.

Their ability to self-diagnose was not unusual. Their inability to get to their game, to play their way was. The New York Rangers had a lot to do with that, but not all. The Hurricanes could see the problem. They needed only to look within.

The lines were shuffled going into the third period, almost a rote maneuver at that point, even futile action a better option than inaction. But what happened next had very little to do with groupings and everything to do with the group. The Hurricanes didn’t get to this point in the season by capitulating.

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/19/22 at 08:22 AM ET

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Raanta has been a very good goalie at times throughout his career.
- when he can stay healthy. Has played or not played as the case may be in some more obscure NHL cities, too. Not a big guy and it often looks like
he’s one more pile up in his crease away from limping off the ice for the duration.
When a team is already down their normal starter it seems almost too
easy to just drive the net extra hard and try to make as much contact as possible
when fighting for loose pucks. Second team in a row Rangers get that is or was down to its second or third-string goalie. How many times has that happened?

Posted by lefty.30 on 05/19/22 at 05:51 PM ET

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