Rangers may have to risk more in Game 3 against Hurricane.


The New York Rangers need someone to play big, score big goals, and deliver the clutch.

In Hurricane Carolina’s Eastern Conference Round 2 Game 1 & 2, that didn’t happen. It should happen at home in the third leg on Sunday (3:30 ET, ESPN, SN360, SN(JIP), TVAS). Otherwise, the Rangers could finally fall into a hole that is too deep.

Carolina leads the best-of-seven series after a 2-1 win in Game 1 on Wednesday and a 2-0 win in Game 2 on Friday.

“I want and are confident of more offenses from our best players. [Hurricanes coach Rod] Brind’Amour is saying the same thing,” New York manager Gerard Gallant said. “But they are 2-0 and we are 0-2, so we have to find a way to get a little more.”

Against Hurricane, which conceded the fewest goals per game in the regular season (2.44 goals), it’s easier than it sounds. They are smarter than the second-placed Rangers (2.49 goals) and have the most penalty kills (88.0%). ).

“We have a good defense,” Brind’Amour said. “We have a really solid group there. You should get most of your chances against us. It’s two teams. We’re not going much in the other direction either. Both teams are fighting for every inch out there.”

Brind’Amour is right. Like Hurricane, the Rangers are defending against a hurricane by limiting scoring and second chances, keeping the middle of the ice clear and pushing Carolina outside. Igor Shesterkin I had to make a few big saves, but I didn’t have to be Superman.

New York have a 49-48 lead in goals in two games. Carolina has a 119-113 lead on shot attempts. Shesterkin conceded three goals in two matches and lost both.

“It was a defensive fight because they had nine chances last night and we had five or six chances,” Gallant said. “So, I’m not going to blame our players for not creating a scoring opportunity. Their players weren’t that great either.”

However, he was in the middle of the series of four goals in the hurricane. Sebastian AhoIn the regular season, he led the Carolinas with 81 points (37 goals and 44 assists), with three runs. With 2 minutes and 23 seconds remaining in the 3rd period of the first game, he scored the equalizer and recorded the first assist. Brandon SmithAn empty goal at 16:54 in the second period of the second leg. Ahodo scored a vacant goal to seal the Carolina victory in Game 2.

Teubo TerrabainenAfter the 3rd period of the first leg, Aho Line’s left wing assisted Aho’s equalizer and Smith’s opening goal. Seth JarvisThe right wing with Aho and Teravainen also has assists.

The Rangers, meanwhile, have no points from the top six forwards. The only goal came from the third line. Philip Kittil A pass from Alexis Lafreniere scored at 7:07 minutes into the first period of the first leg.

Artemi Panarin And Chris Crider After scoring three goals in the first leg, they failed to score in the second leg. Mika Zivanejad He had two shots each in the first two games.

Panarin, Crider and Zivanejad scored 25 points (11 goals and 14 assists) in seven games in the first round against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Zivanejad equalized with 5:45 minutes left in Game 7 of the 3rd period, while Panarin scored a power play in overtime to win 4-3.

The lack of time for power play in the first leg (27 seconds) and the struggle with Manchester United in the second leg (0 strokes in 4 at-bats, 2 goals, short-handed scoring) contributed to the lack of offensive power. From Panarin, Kreider, Zibanejad, defender Adam Fox and forward Ryan Strom.

“I see great penalty kills put a lot of pressure on them and I don’t often find people inside the slot. Bumper Guy,” Gallant said. “They put a lot of pressure on us and we didn’t get used to it fast enough. I think we should compete a little harder.”

But the difference between how the Rangers’ top players play against the Penguins and against the Hurricane is at risk.

They played with more risk against Pittsburgh as the game didn’t play as tight defensively. There was more open ice and players like Panarin, Kreider, Zibanejad and Fox took advantage of it.

Yes, there were turnovers that sometimes fueled the conversion of the Penguins, but there were also rewards on the offensive side of the Rangers.

New York may need to increase risk in Sunday’s game. Because there were no rewards in games 1 and 2.

“More pucks to the net, more corpses to the net, more traffic.” defender Jacob Truva said. “Create your own look, create your own bounce. It takes a little bit more of our mindset.”

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