The New York Rangers avoided elimination for the fifth consecutive time Monday at the PNC Arena, defeating the Carolina Hurricanes 6-2 in the final game of their second-round series. Join Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Finals.
After avoiding eliminations three times in the first round against the Pittsburgh Penguins, coach Gerard Gallant’s men also salvaged their own skin in Game Six against the Keys.
In the seventh duel, their numerical advantage opened the door. They took advantage of having an opponent in the dungeon twice in the first period to thwart Ante Ranta. Then Adam Fox and Chris Kreider hit the target.
Hurricanes fall like flies
Two fan favorites, Seth Jarvis and Raanta, had to leave the match, injured, without being able to return.
The first was heavily checked by Jacob Troupa, before falling hard on the ice. Stunned, he tried to return to his seat by crawling. He immediately left for the locker room and Hurricanes later confirmed that he had sustained an upper body injury.
As for him, the Hurricane goalkeeper left the match in the second half, after attempting a long lateral move to block a shot from Mika Zibanijad.
The injury seemed to end the host team, as substitute Pyotr Kochetkov conceded a goal from Ryan Strom 42 seconds after entering the rink.
The Hurricanes tried to come back in the third period, thanks to the successes of Tony DeAngelo and Max Dome, but Creader, with his second in the match, as well as Philip Chettle and Andrew Cope made sure to ruin all their hopes.
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