Rangers expecting fight from host Hurricanes in Game 3

NHL: New York Rangers at Carolina Hurricanes
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The New York Rangers hit the road for the next two games looking to take a commanding lead in their Eastern Conference Second Round best-of-7 series against the Carolina Hurricanes.

On Tuesday night, Igor Shesterkin turned aside 54 of 57 shots to set up Vincent Trocheck’s dramatic double-overtime goal. It was an amazing performance that included multiple game-saving stops in the closing minutes of the third period and both overtime sessions.

“When your goaltender is making those saves in overtime – when you do it in the second period, you have half the game to fight back,” coach Peter Laviolette praised Shesterkin. “But in overtime, those saves have to be made and he was fantastic.”

The Rangers coach also has compared this series to a heavyweight fight, where neither opponent was going to just punch away to a lopsided win. With the scene shifting from Broadway to Raleigh, his charges need to continue bobbing-and-weaving in order to wisely find openings for a knockout punch.

“You’re going to get punched, and you’re going to have to punch back,” Laviolette said on Wednesday. “To me, [Game 2] wasn’t a miraculous knockout in the 15th round, it just went back and forth … I do think there’s been games we didn’t play well and we found a way to come back. This was more going blow for blow with a really good team. We were able to hang in there and get one punch in double overtime.”

Aside from Laviolette’s boxing analogy, Game 2 had several heated moments that included both goalies being run over and a monstrous near-miss hit attempt. Rangers captain Jacob Trouba almost demolished Hurricanes forward Martin Necas, but instead went flying over him head first into the boards.

“Elbow me in the head, I guess,” Necas accused. “Maybe he was protecting himself from going into the boards, but he knows. He knows. Everyone knows what kind of player he is. I mean good for him. Nothing happened. We’re all good and I’m excited for the next game.” 

At the end of the day, a fight is on tap at PNC Arena whether actual fists fly or not. New York has a chance to take a 3-0 stranglehold on this series, and the Hurricanes will be desperate to avoid that scenario.

Here’s today’s game and broadcast info:

New York Rangers vs Carolina Hurricanes (GAME 3)
Date/Time: May 9, 2024 @ 7:00 PM ET
Arena: PNC Arena
Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM
Series: 2-0 NYR

Note: Subject to change, updated for each game

Related: Hurricanes will remain without key defenseman for Game 3

New York Rangers projected lineup

NHL: New York Rangers at Carolina Hurricanes
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Here’s the expected lineup:

Kreider – Zibanejad – Roslovic
Panarin – Trocheck – Lafreniere
Cuylle – Wennberg – Kakko
Vesey – Goodrow – Rempe

Lindgren – Fox
Gustafsson – Trouba
Miller – Schneider


Note: The Rangers will hold a morning skate at 11:30 A.M. ET. Coach Peter Laviolette will address the media at that time. Check back here for updates.

New York Rangers vs Carolina Hurricanes (Round 2)

1May 5W, 4-3MSGESPN
2May 7W, 4-3 (2OT)MSGESPN
3May 97:00 PM ETPNC ArenaTNT
4May 117:00 PM ETPNC ArenaTNT
5May 13TBDMSGTBD (If Needed)
6May 16TBDPNC ArenaTBD (If Needed)
7May 18TBDMSGTBD (If Needed)
Rangers vs. Hurricanes schedule

Rangers leading playoff scorers:

Goals – Trocheck (5)
Assists – Zibanejad (8)
Points – Zibanejad (11)

Rangers playoff goalie stats:

Igor Shesterkin: 6-0, 2.01 GAA, .929 SV%


This is the third time the Rangers have played the Hurricanes in the playoffs. They have a 1-1 series record, losing the 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers and winning in the second round in 2022. This is the second time the teams have played a best-of-7 series.

The Rangers are just the sixth Presidents’ Trophy winner to sweep their first-round opponent.

Matt Rempe became the first Rangers’ player to score a goal in his NHL Playoffs debut since defenseman Matt Gilroy scored in Game 1 of the 2011 Conference Quarterfinals against the Capitals.

Including the regular season and playoffs, when the Rangers score four or more goals in a game, they are 39-0-1.

Igor Shesterkin has not allowed more than three goals in 29 consecutive playoff games.

Upcoming Rangers Milestones

  • The next Rangers playoff shutout will be the first since Henrik Lundqvist beat the Montreal Canadiens 2-0 on 4/12/17 (R1, G1).

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