Cole’s Overtime Winner Powers Hurricanes Over Rangers In Game 1 | CBC Sports

Sebastian Aho lengthened the game. Ian Cole finished it. And that allowed the Carolina Hurricanes to escape their first home loss of the playoffs despite being completely outplayed most of the night.

Cole beat Igor Shesterkin at 3:12 of overtime to help the Hurricanes beat the New York Rangers 2-1 on Wednesday night, rallying late to win Game 1 of their second-round series. playoffs.

Aho had forced the extra period when he outpointed Shesterkin late in the third period in a dramatic finish. However, he overshadowed the fact that the Metropolitan Division winners were lucky enough to win after the Rangers controlled the first 40 minutes.

“Congratulations to our guys, they did it, it was certainly a good third period,” Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “We’re not going to get away with not playing two periods and hoping to win a game, especially this time of year against that team.”

The Hurricanes won at home by clinching the division title with a win against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden in the final week of the regular season. They came close to giving it up, but will instead look for a sixth straight win here when they host Game 2 on Friday night.

Cole’s game-winning rebound hit Rangers defenseman Ryan Lindgren’s post, and the puck changed direction before passing to Shesterkin.

“I was looking to pass it on to someone,” Cole said. “And no one was really anywhere dangerous. So I thought, ‘Well, I guess I’ll throw it in the net and see what happens.'”

“Hockey is a weird rebounding game and it happened to go in. It’s not the prettiest, but we’ll take it.”

The score capped Carolina’s late comeback, which began with the Hurricanes showing more urgency and aggression coming out of the second intermission.

Carolina also received a key effort from Antti Raanta, who had 27 saves and helped the Hurricanes hang on until their offense finally took its familiar form.

“They put a big push in the third period in the first 10 minutes, and we weathered that storm,” Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said. “But the first two periods were perfect hockey for us. … I thought it was our best game of the year, I really thought so.”

Filip Chytil scored the first period goal for the Rangers, while Shesterkin finished with 24 saves.

Both teams advanced through a grueling seven-game first-round series, first with Carolina finally beating Boston on Saturday followed by New York beating Pittsburgh in overtime a day later.

The Hurricanes never trailed in that series or in their four home wins. Rangers had to bounce back from a 3-1 series deficit, which included Shesterkin, a finalist for the Vezina Trophy for league best goalkeeper and the Hart Trophy for league MVP, rebounding from allowing 10 goals in the Games 3 and 4.

However, when this one started, the Hurricanes seemed a slow pace, while the Rangers gave up few quality chances. New York was also opportunistic at the perfect time early.

As defenseman Tony DeAngelo tried to return the puck to teammate Jaccob Slavin for a restart, Rangers forward Alexis Lafreniere stole the pass to lead a 3-on-2 run. Lafreniere passed to Chytil, who hit the puck from the right side beyond Slavin and Raanta’s extended pole at 7:07 of the first.

That one-goal lead held for more than 50 minutes. He also helped the Hurricanes hit the crossbar twice in the third, first on a breakaway by Nino Niederreiter and then by Aho in what seemed like confirmation that it wasn’t his night.

Instead, Aho kept taking a feed from rookie Seth Jarvis and then going to his backhand side. Shesterkin made the opening save, but Aho pulled down the rebound to tie the score with 2:23 remaining and set up Cole’s game-winning shot.

“We wanted to win, but on Friday we have the chance again to try to break away and go home,” center Mika Zibanejad said.

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