Jacob Trouba sets the tone for the New York Rangers’ Carolina Hurricane Series.


NEW YORK — When asked if there will be a carryover from Game 3 to Game 4 following an intense post-game exchange between the Rangers and Hurricane, Jacob Trouba puts the question aside.

“I don’t think too many people are too worried about it,” he said before the puck drop started on Tuesday. “It doesn’t shock me because you (the media) do everything big.”

It could be, but it certainly seemed like there was something extra behind the game-changing hits from the bruised defender in the first period.

With a chance to square Carolina striker Max Domi near the center ice, Trouba delivered a blow that frenziedly drove Madison Square Garden.

Was it just a coincidence that the bream was at the center of it? Cheats from previous games?

Perhaps. Delivered regardless of whether Trouba attempted to send the message.

Steven Lorentz charged him for a fight that further excited MSG and won a 10-minute major. Frank Vatrano cashed out the penalty kick that followed, giving the Rangers the most complete effort in the playoffs.

It was a moment that set the tone for their efforts in both games to advance to the playoffs round two series. They went on to a best-of-three match with a decisive 4-1 win in Game 4.

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Carolina Hurricanes striker Max Domy is checked by New York Rangers defender Jacob Truva in the first period of Game 4.

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Vatrano’s goal at the 13:31 mark started a series of events in favor of the Rangers.

Just two minutes later, Adam Fox scored the first goal of the series from a Ryan Lindgren wrist shot over Canes keeper Antti Raanta.

As a result, Blueshirts entered the second period with a 2-0 lead, eventually leading to Mika Zibanejad’s heads-up play.

Raanta blocked a shot from Lindgren with 3:12 minutes left of the period, but the rebound was loosely placed below him. Zibanejad swooped in to clear it up and score the most important third goal.

But while that pushed the score, the flow of the game was not. The hurricane continued to press and push the scoring opportunities, just like their fame.

The difference is that there is no Igor Shesterkin.

Rangers’ netminder was great once again. He started on the first shot he saw as he flew across a crease to close what appeared to be an open net for Carolina defender Brett Pesce. He made another “wow” save to Teuvo Teravainen early in the second period and frustrated Canes in a few different situations.

Teravainen’s goal in the third period ended Shesterkin’s armband chance, but he now has a 0.959 save percentage on 117 of the 122 shots faced this series.

Finally at 8:50, Andrew Copp scored the security goal for the night’s third point.

Vincent Z. Mercogliano is a Beat Correspondent for the New York Rangers on the USA TODAY network. follow him on twitter @vzmercogliano.

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