FINAL SCORE: Carolina Hurricanes-3 New York Rangers-1
FIRST PERIOD: The first period was a sloppy period of hockey for both teams. Less than 30 seconds into the period Anton Stralman took a hooking penalty which the Rangers managed to kill off. The whole period went without any flow because of many offsides and icings which contributed to the sloppiness of the period. Carolina themselves took two penalties and the Rangers struggled to capitalize or even get some momentum going on the power plays. Ryan McDonagh took an extremely questionable four minute penalty, one of which was matched by a Carolina penalty, which the Rangers were again forced to fight off. At the end of that period Martin St. Louis drew a penalty on the Hurricanes which again the Rangers couldn’t capitalize on. At the end of the period, the shots were 13-5 in favor of Carolina, the game was tied at 0 and the Rangers needed to come out better in the second period.
SECOND PERIOD: What the Rangers needed at the beginning of this period was a good start that went in their favor, and that is the exact opposite of what they got. With just over 30 seconds gone by in the second period Jiri Tlusty scores to give the game it’s first goal and Carolina a 1-0 lead. The Rangers needed to rebound with some strong play to tie the game up and they didn’t, they continued to play slowly and with a lackluster effort. However, despite all of that, with just about five minutes gone by in the period Kevin Klein scored his first goal as a New York Ranger to tie the game at one. After that goal, the Rangers stepped up their play tremendously, and Benoit Pouliot almost scored a second goal. However, with less than two minutes left on a total defensive collapse by the Rangers that left Lundqvist to face a 2-0, Jordan Staal scored to recapture the lead for the Hurricanes. The period came to it’s end and Carolina was up 20-16 in shots, Rangers led in shots for the period 11-7.
THIRD PERIOD: The Rangers came into this period with no sense of urgency, which matched their play from the 40 minutes before this period. The Carolina Hurricanes blew the roof off of any Rangers hope for this period (did you like what I did there). Dominating the play for the entire period, the hurricanes had their way with the Rangers and took 15 shots on Henrik Lundqvist in the period. Finally, with just over five minutes left the Canes sealed the deal, Elias Lindholm scored the ever important third goal and the time wound down for the Rangers and they lost their game and the opportunity for two crucial points. Shot totals at the end was 35 for Carolina and 25 for New York.
THREE STARS OF THE GAME
1) Jordan Staal – 1G 1A
2) Jiri Tlusty – 1G 1A
3) Alexander Semin – 1A
MY THREE STARS
1) Henrik Lundqvist
2) Cam Ward
3) Kevin Klein