Svechnikov’s Historic Hat Trick Defeats Rangers
It was another case of the Carolina Hurricanes got out another early lead as the Henrik Lundqvist letting in another soft goal. Andrei Svechnikov’s hat trick led Hurricanes past the Rangers. This was not only the first career hat trick in the playoffs but also the first for the Hurricanes.
Shesterkin Still Day-to-Day
Igor Shesterkin of the Rangers was once again in the stands in street clothes. It was announced shortly before game one that the Moscow, Russia native was placed on the NHL’s unfit to playlist. The backup goaltender for the Rangers with Shesterkin unable to play is Alexandar Georgiev.
Through two games the Hurricanes have scored seven goals on 71 shots on goal on Lundqvist. This is not all on Lundqvist, however.
Drafted out of Åre, Sweden, Lundqvist has now started 129 games including today’s game two. Over 15 seasons, Lundqvist has started 752 games for the New York Rangers, has played in two all-star games, and was named the 2011-12 Vezina Trophy. He has had a hall-of-fame career but not for the fact that he has not won a Stanley Cup.
The Rangers would tie the game, scoring on a five on three with a goal by Artemi Panarin. Unfortunately for the Rangers, this is as close as the Rangers would get to the Hurricanes on the scoreboard.
Svechnikov would add a second goal in the second period, bringing the Hurricanes the lead. Sebastian Aho added to his performance in game one by totaling three assists. There will be a quick turnaround as game three of this best-of-five series is tomorrow at 8:00 EST.
Svechnikov Has Historic Game Two
With these two goals, Svechnikov became the fifth player in franchise history to record at least two career multi-goal postseason games. Svechnikov’s hat trick led Hurricanes past the Rangers. This was also the first playoff hat trick in Carolina Hurricane’s history.
Carolina has not trailed yet through two games in this series. The performance of their younger players like Svechnikov and Aho is the reason for this. Teams with a 2-0 lead in an NHL best-of-5 postseason series are 55-1 (.982 winning percentage). The only team to come back from such a deficit was the New York Islanders in 1986.
Rangers players such as Panarin and Mika Zibanejad need to contribute more on both ends of the ice in order to extend this series. The Rangers need a spark and a change at goaltender is one way that the team could stem the momentum of the young Hurricanes.