The Rangers opened the scoring early in the first on a goal by Derek Stepan that was not ruled as a goal on the ice at first, but a review showed the puck apparently inconclusively fully beyond the goal line. The Canes had one power play in the first that was one of the more listless ones they’ve had this season, so the period ended with a score of 1-0 despite a shot count of 15-3 in favor of Carolina.
In the second, it was Viktor Stalberg delivering an equalizer for the Hurricanes after he forced a brutal turnover out of Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh as he exited the New York zone. Stalberg rushed down the right wing and fired a shot that would beat Henrik Lundqvist short side.
Also in the second, Jaccob Slavin and Brett Pesce spent over five minutes on the ice in one shift, as the two helped hem the Rangers in their own zone for quite some time before the Rangers were able to do the same to them. The Canes again had a territorial advantage in the second and were controlling 63% of the 5-on-5 shot attempts through two periods.
Everything was going right for them structurally until the third, a period in which they had just three shots on goal. The Rangers had that many goals in the period. It was Michael Grabner breaking the 1-1 tie and opening the period’s scoring. Bill Peters used his challenge to look for offside, and in a rare instance, it seemed like he actually had a case to have a goal overturned, but the evidence was ruled to be inconclusive so the goal stood.
That Rangers lead didn’t last long though, as Victor Rask unleashed a booming slap shot from the point that beat Lundqvist low to even the game up. However, Chris Kreider would put home a pair of goals later to give the Rangers the lead and seal the victory for them.
The Canes will be back in action at home tomorrow at 5 P.M. as they’ll look to snap this three game skid against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
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