Smith, Raanta, Hurricanes top Rangers for 2-0 series lead
Rangers Hurricanes Hockey Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Brendan Smith (7) puts the puck past New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin (31) for a goal during the second period during Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series Friday, May 20, 2022, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Chris Seward) (Chris Seward)RALEIGH, N.C. — (AP) — Brendan Smith scored a shorthanded goal late in the second period while Antti Raanta finished with 21 saves to help the Carolina Hurricanes beat the New York Rangers 2-0 on Friday night, taking a 2-0 lead in their second-round playoff series. Carolina improved to 6-0 at home in the playoffs and has a 2-0 lead for the second straight round. And the Rangers will try to mount another series comeback after rallying from a 3-1 deficit to beat Pittsburgh in a seven-game first-round series. Shesterkin finished with 20 saves to lead the Rangers on a night with few offensive highlights. Most notably, Teravainen moved up to the top line to play alongside Aho and rookie Seth Jarvis, while Andrei Svechnikov moved to the second line.wftv.com
Raanta, Hurricanes beat Bruins 5-1 in playoff series opener
Bruins Hurricanes Hockey Boston Bruins' Charlie Coyle (13) battles between Carolina Hurricanes' Teuvo Teravainen (86) and Brendan Smith (7) during the first period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, May 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker) (Karl B DeBlaker)RALEIGH, N.C. — (AP) — Seth Jarvis and Nino Niederreiter scored second-period goals and Antti Raanta was strong in net to help the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Boston Bruins 5-1 on Monday night in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. Raanta had 35 saves in his first career postseason start with No. Teuvo Teravainen and Vincent Trocheck added third-period goals, which helped Carolina maintain control and then stretch out a lead in this best-of-seven series opener. The Hurricanes won the Metropolitan Division, marking the second straight season they won a division title.wftv.com
Hurricanes edge Pens 4-3 to take lead in tight Metropolitan
Jesper Fast scored 9 seconds into the third period to break a tie, Sebastian Aho followed with his 22nd goal of the season and the Carolina Hurricanes edged the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 on Sunday to move into first place in the Metropolitan Division.