Going into Game 1 in the second round of the N.H.L. series between the Rangers & the Carolina Hurricanes, there were clear expectations. playoffs.
In some ways, Wednesday’s 2-1 overtime win by Carolina in Raleigh (N.C.) was as expected.
It also brought some surprises. Here’s how it ended. Icenines wins? Sure. It was difficult to predict that the Rangers would beat Carolina, but still lose.
Expectations from Hurricanes
Carolina won a 4-3 series against the Boston Bruins. The home team won all seven games. In the regular season, the Hurricanes were 29-8-4 home. They were also the favorite in Wednesday’s game, with odds of about 1-2.
Unexpected from the Rangers
The New Yorkers were the ones who felt the most down afterward. However, the Rangers played the Hurricanes off-ice for most of the game ruins.
The Rangers lost their previous series. They were outshot by the Penguins by 310-269 and outscored. Many thought that the Hurricanes would outshot them. They relied on Shesterkin’s excellent shooting to keep the series alive.
The Rangers beat the Hurricanes 28 to 26. The statistic doesn’t tell the entire story as the Rangers dominated for two periods. Coach Gerard Gallant stated that the Rangers played “perfect hockey” in the first two periods. “We didn’t spend much time in our zone. We were able to get pucks out. We had some great offensive opportunities, but we didn’t take advantage of them all. It was, however, their best game of year.
Rod Brind’Amour, Hurricanes Coach, agreed that they were the superior team for two periods.