The Carolina Hurricanes are back against the New York Rangers in Game 2 of their second-round NHL playoff series Friday night at the PNC Arena after posting a 2-1 overtime win in Game 1 on Wednesday.
The series moves to Madison Square Garden for Game 3 on Sunday (3:30 p.m.) and Game 4 on Tuesday (7 p.m.).
Chip Alexander, Luke DeCock and Justin Pelletier of The News & Observer are PNC Arena and will have live observations from the scene, with photographer Robert Willett.
How to watch
Friday’s game – and the rest of the series – is available only on ESPN (Sean McDonough, Ray Ferraro, Emily Kaplan). Bally Sports South will air Hurricanes-focused pre- and post-game shows featuring Abby Labar and Shane Willis. Mike Maniscalco and Willis have the call on the Hurricanes Radio Network (WCMC-99.9 in the Triangle).
Rangers are under some pressure: Rangers caught the Canes on a bad change and icing, and pinned them deep for a while, then drew a controversial high stick penalty to Brady Skjei. They went to review and confirmed a 4-minute penalty, although Skjei’s stick barely grazed Alexis Lafrenière.
First PP for Carolina: The Hurricanes will go on the power play after Chris Kreider was whistled for cutting after driving in along his defensive half wall with a Jaccob Slavin, catching the Canes defender in the knee in retaliation for a free kick. Update: Canes spent most of the time in the Rangers area. I have a hit. Without any goal.
Locked in: The Hurricanes aren’t letting the Rangers breathe here at the start of the second. All of the Canes lines gave Rangers a hard time and thwarted almost every breakout attempt. The only near 5-minute shot for Rangers was a long-range effort just inside the blue line plus on a hold. The Canes have two at net, but have been relentless on the forecheck.
Quick Luck for Quick: On the forecheck early in the second, the Staal line pinned the Kreider line from deep and Staal pulled a puck out from behind the net and found Jesper Fast, who shoveled it onto the net. Shesterkin with a nice save.
Good odds late: Seth Jarvis had a 15-foot chance on a feed from the right boards in the final minute of play for the Canes who, despite some time in the area in the final five minutes, couldn’t muster many shots on goal . The final seconds passed in the first half, with the teams left scoreless.
Huge save from Raanta: Almost a full split from Raanta to steal Ryan Strome in the low slot. On the same play, Tony DeAngelo called for a slash, and the Rangers got their second power-play opportunity, the first complete at 5-on-4. Update: On a forecheck on the “power kill”, Sebastian Aho runs to the left corner and feeds Teuvo Teravainen into the slot. Teravainen lands a shot from the side of the post glove. Penalty finally killed.
First PP in New York: Sebastian Aho boxed for a high stick in his own area on a 4v4, and Rangers got a 4v3, which turned into 5v4. Update: Penalty kill. The crowd roars its approval.
More greedy: On his next shift after coming out of the box, Brendan Smith is back. After a good check to Filip Chytil, the young Rangers forward got up and pushed Smith away. Both players chewed and swung, and both received minor penalties. Back to 4 on 4 hockey.
Get “scrummy” early: The Canes and Rangers meet early in front of Antti Raanta too, with some after whistle banter. Brendan Smith and Kevin Rooney get matching minors, and we’re in 4-on-4 hockey for two minutes.
Better start: The Hurricanes got involved earlier in this game than in Game 1, with some early shots and offensive zone time against the Rangers in the opening minutes.
No changes are expected to the Hurricanes roster, although Frederik Andersen had his most extensive solo practice yet Friday morning ahead of the team’s morning practice.
Kelly Sutherland and Jon McIsaac are the referees. McIsaac worked Game 5 of the first-round series against Boston. Jonny Murray and Ryan Gibbons are the linesmen.
A victory Friday night would break the franchise record for consecutive home playoff wins (five, 2006 and 2019).
Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey operates the pre-game warning siren. Former NC State quarterback Mike Glennon and former NC State basketball player Kiara Leslie are scheduled for the first and second intermissions.
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This story was originally published May 20, 2022 7:12 p.m.