The Carolina Hurricanes came into Friday night’s contest desperately needing a win if they wanted to stay alive in the Eastern Conference playoff race. No matter what they seem to do lately, they just can’t gain ground; they either keep losing or the opponents ahead of them keep winning. They did flirt with a victory tonight, but unfortunately for them, the New York Rangers had other plans.
The boys in blue looked sluggish on the ice tonight, but a monstrous third-period helped propel them over the Canes in the end. They were scorching with shots for the entire duration of the contest, and Carolina did a solid job utilizing the Rangers’ missed opportunities. However, an avalanche of 18 shots in the third paved the way for four goals.
Newly acquired Martin St. Louis was the team’s leader in shots with five, though he wasn’t able to find the back of the net. New York did a superb job of sharing the puck, as four different Rangers players were able to find the twine in the third.
Though the opponent for New York was minor, the implications of the game were a major deal and played a pivotal role in determining where New York will end up come the end of the regular season. They are one of a flurry of teams doing everything they can to make a final playoff spot. The surging Philadelphia Flyers were able to sneak passed them and into second place this past week. Losing even more ground is something that is not on New York’s list of things to do.