The NY Rangers had their winning streak snapped by the Carolina Hurricanes last night, blowing two leads in the third period to a 3-2 loss. The Canes controlled much of the play, but it was the Rangers holding a 1-0 lead heading into the third period. A scoring onslaught where the two teams traded goals over a 90 second span. The Canes would add the winner six minutes later.
The Blueshirts spent a good amount of time in their own zone, with Carolina dictating play in the offensive zone and clogging the neutral zone. It was simple, yet effective, as the Rangers weren’t able to generate much offense. The Canes were the better team this time around, and it was only a matter of time before they were able to get a couple past Igor Shesterkin.
The Rangers will have a chance to answer back on Thursday, when they finish the home-and-home.
Rangers 1, Canes 0
This looked like a broken play off the draw, with Carolina loading up both defensemen on the same side of the ice. That left a clear path to the net for Tyler Motte as Derek Stepan got picked by the linesman.
Rangers 1, Canes 1
Looked like Jimmy Vesey got crossed up with K’Andre Miller on coverage assignments, leaving Jalen Chatfield a clear path to the net off the Derek Stepan pass. This shot was a rifle too.
Rangers 2, Canes 1
The Rangers showed they are capable of generating offensive zone time with a few good keeps as the puck got over to Ryan Lindgren with space. The Canes had bodies, but couldn’t get Kaapo Kakko in front to bury the rebound.
Rangers 2, Canes 2
The Rangers defense kids made a mistake here, with K’Andre Miller going to the corner to help Mika Zibanejad, then Braden Schneider chased the puck behind the net. This left Stefan Noesen wide open in the slot for the quick answer.
Canes 3, Rangers 2
Lindgren was knocked out of the play by Teuvo Teravainen on the zone entry, and the defensive coverage was forced to shift briefly. That was all Carolina needed for a pass out to Brent Burns and a quick shot to Teravainen for the deflection. A step is all you need sometimes.