When: Sunday, May 22 at 3:30 PM EST
Listen: 99.9 The Fan, Hurricanes.com/Listen, Hurricanes App
- The first game: Sebastian Ahu ties the game up with 2:23 to go into regulation, Ian Cole Only 3:12 into the extra frame wins for Carolina.
- The second game: You are Ranta Records 21 saves as the Canes win 2-0 and take the series lead.
Keeping it low key: Through two games, the series has just collected five goals, four of which belong to Carolina. For the first two periods of Game 1, the big story was that the Rangers were holding the sticks from doing anything offensive, but a tie in the third period and then an overtime winner quickly changed the score. In Game Two, New York was completely stuck off the scoresheet, totaling just four hazard chances at five-for-five according to NaturalStatTrick.com. With New York’s latest change today and the ability to shed some of their best dogs Jordan SteelLine, will things open up?
Rant is a line: The only goal scored by Ante Ranta over the two matches came just 7:07 into the first period of the first game. At 116:06 since then, it’s been perfect. Of all the goaltenders on teams active in the Stanley Cup playoffs, Ranta has only held a . 939 percentage from St. Louis’ Jordan Pennington.
Significance of Special Teams: After both teams received one penalty each in Game 1, special teams became an even more important factor in Friday night. New York had four power-play opportunities in the second contest of the series, while Carolina had three — each in game-changing moments. No conversion took place there and ironically the only non-empty net goal in the competition was a shorthanded tally Brendan Smith. Will any of the strong players be able to convert this afternoon?
Abandoning the body: The main reason the Canes were able to keep their puck out on Friday was because their defensive unit blocked shots. The team finished with only 24 tackles and 21 shots on their way to Raanta. Brett Pesci He led the way with his five blocks.
Third pair heroes: The third defensive partners, Ian Cole and Brendan Smith, scored the winning touchdowns for Carolina so far in the series. Both had only one game-winning goal during the regular season. Cole’s Game One overtime win was just his second post-season goal in his 104th appearance. For Smith, it was the first shorthanded goal by a Cannes outfielder in the playoffs since the 2006 Eastern Conference Finals.
On the other side: Goaltender Igor Shesterkin was again strong for New York in game two, but was knocked down by a lack of goal support. He stopped 20 out of 21, including the five he faced while his team was downsizing. On the other hand, attacking stars Artemy Panerin and Chris Kreider were both held up without a shot on goal in the competition.
ESPN broadcast: Sean McDonough, Ray Ferraro and Emily Kaplan will be the broadcasting talents for tonight’s ESPN broadcast. They will have the first four games of the series.
What do we wear?: The crutches will wear white today.
More attractions: Sebastian Oh She is one shy of passing Ron Francis for the most assists in playoff history. He’s also just shy of passing Eric Staal the most times in franchise history.
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