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Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Rangers Pick & Prediction MAY 28TH 2022

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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

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Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Rangers Recap MAY 24TH 2022

Igor Shesterkin made 43 saves and the host New York Rangers held on for a 3-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday afternoon in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference second-round series.

The Rangers pulled within 2-1 in the best-of-seven series and have a chance to even the series Tuesday.

Mika Zibanejad scored a power-play goal in the first period and set up Chris Kreider's 30th career playoff goal in the second period as the Rangers won their fourth straight postseason home game after scoring once in the first two games of the series. Tyler Motte added an empty-net goal with 83 seconds remaining as the Rangers survived committing 35 giveaways.

Nino Niederreiter scored in the second for Carolina, which is 0-4 on the road in this year's postseason. Antti Raanta made 30 saves.

After the horn sounded, Carolina's Max Domi hit New York defenseman Ryan Lindgren with his stick and both players wrestled on the ice.

Shesterkin withstood an early barrage as Carolina took the game's first seven shots and 13 of the first 15. He also made seven saves during three Carolina power plays, including a man advantage with 6:03 remaining in the third.

Zibanejad gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead with 8:06 remaining when he waited for a long cross-ice pass from Artemi Panarin and ripped a one-timer from the left circle over defenseman Brett Pesce's stick and into the right side of the net.

Zibanejad's goal occurred about a minute before Shesterkin made a diving glove save on Jesperi Kotkaniemi.

Carolina nearly tied it with 16:50 left in the second when Shesterkin stopped Domi and Brendan Smith, but left the puck loose in the crease before Kevin Rooney retrieved the puck to prevent the Hurricanes from getting the rebound.

With 14:05 remaining in the period, Kreider gave the Rangers a two-goal lead when he moved out from behind the net and lifted a shot from the bottom of the right circle over Raanta's right arm. The play came moments after Zibanejad knocked the stick away from Carolina defenseman Tony DeAngelo.

Carolina got within 2-1 when Niederreiter's backhander from the right circle trickled in off Shesterkin with 11:42 left. But Motte scored late in the third after forcing a giveaway near the neutral zone.

--Field Level Media

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