Hurricanes lose goalie Raanta, Jarvis in Game 7 vs. Rangers
The Carolina Hurricanes found themselves in a quick hole in a Game 7 against the New York Rangers. The Hurricanes lost Jarvis to an upper-body injury after he took a jarring first-period hit by New York defenseman Jacob Trouba, then lost Raanta in the second period when he went down after stretching out for a stop and was helped off the ice putting no weight on his right leg. It was part of a rough all-around Monday night in a 6-2 loss to the Rangers that ended their second-round series in the Stanley Cup playoffs.news.yahoo.com
Playoff physicality creeps into crease to impact goaltenders
(AP Photo/Adam Hunger) (Adam Hunger)The physicality of the NHL playoffs is creeping into the crease. That can lead to officials calling goaltender interference, which can result in a 2-minute minor penalty or a disallowed goal. The issue emerged in a critical moment during the Pittsburgh-New York Rangers series opener, too. Tampa Bay, which has won eight consecutive playoff series, hasn’t lost back-to-back postseason games since being swept by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2019 opening round. Nick Leddy was held out of Game 2 with an upper-body injury he suffered and played through in Game 1.wftv.com
Hurricanes rout Capitals, lose Kotkaniemi to injury
Hurricanes Capitals Hockey Carolina Hurricanes center Sebastian Aho (20) celebrates his goal in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Monday, March 28, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON — (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes gave the Washington Capitals something to think about if the division rivals meet in the playoffs. Martin Necas scored twice, Sebastian Aho added his 29th goal and the Hurricanes routed the Capitals 6-1 on Monday night in a potential first-round preview that got heated. Carolina's first victory in four meetings this season came with a cost after center Jesperi Kotkaniemi was injured on a hit with 1.8 seconds left. ___Follow AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SWhyno___More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/hub/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsCopyright 2022 The Associated Press.wftv.com
NHL: Virus outbreak for 'Canes prompts postponement vs. Wild
Hurricanes Kraken Hockey Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour stands behind the bench during the second period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Seattle Kraken, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021, in Seattle. The Hurricanes became the fourth NHL team this season to have games postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak. The NHL has recommended but not mandated booster shots for its players and team personnel. Earlier Tuesday, the Boston Bruins placed forwards Brad Marchand and Craig Smith in the COVID-19 protocol, meaning they’ll miss Tuesday night's game against the Vegas Golden Knights. Hurricanes defensemen Tony DeAngelo and Brett Pesce also went in the COVID-19 protocol on Nov. 30 and have missed the last seven games.wftv.com
Carolina Hurricanes agree to 8-year deal with Svechnikov
Hurricanes Svechnikov Hockey FILE - Carolina Hurricanes right wing Andrei Svechnikov (37) plays against the Detroit Red Wings in the third period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit, in this Sunday, March 14, 2021, file photo. The Hurricanes have agreed to terms with forward Andrei Svechnikov on an eight-year contract, which is set to keep the No. The team said Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, the deal will pay the 21-year-old Svechnikov an average annual value of $7.75 million per season. That helps explain why the 21-year-old forward was eager to reach a long-term deal to stay with the Carolina Hurricanes. Svechnikov had 15 goals and 27 assists in 55 regular-season games for the Hurricanes last year, which saw the Hurricanes win a division championship for the first time in 15 years.wftv.com
Vasilevskiy yields little as Lightning advance in playoffs
RALEIGH, N.C. — (AP) — Andrei Vasilevskiy closed another postseason series by turning away every shot. And he’s getting even stingier in net as reigning Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay advances in the playoffs. Outside of one wild second period in Game 4, Vasilevskiy rarely made mistakes or gave up anything easy. “It takes everybody to win a playoff game,” Vasilevskiy said. Vasilevskiy had his first postseason shutout with 22 saves in a 2-0 win against Dallas in Game 6 of last year’s Cup final.wftv.com
Preds beat Canes 4-3 in double OT again to tie series at 2-2
Goalie Juuse Saros made a franchise-record 58 saves to ensure this series will return to Nashville. This was the first time both teams had gone to multiple overtimes in back-to-back games in a series. Nashville improved to 5-3 winning in double overtime for the second straight game, while Carolina dropped to 1-7 overall with one loss while still the Hartford Whalers. He became the second goalie to make 50 or more saves in back-to-back playoff games. He also joined Jean-Sebastien Giguere (Anaheim 2003) as the only goalies to win 2 playoff games with 50 or more saves in the same season.wftv.com
Staal, Niederreiter lift Hurricanes past Predators 5-2
Jordan Staal scored twice and Nino Niederreiter beat Juuse Saros for the go-ahead goal early in the third period, helping the Hurricanes to a 5-2 win over the Nashville Predators on Monday night to open their first-round playoff series. Staal followed with his second goal midway through the second, created partly by his own pressure on the forecheck. Teuvo Teravainen scored a first-period goal for the Hurricanes, while Alex Nedeljkovic made 22 saves in his first playoff start. The Hurricanes host Game 2 on Wednesday night before the best-of-seven series shifts west to Nashville in neighboring Tennessee. Roy Cooper — a notable Hurricanes fan who announced the protocol changes — sounded the pregame storm-warning siren for the Hurricanes to take the ice.wftv.com
Staal, Niederreiter lift Hurricanes past Predators 5-2
Jordan Staal scored twice and Nino Niederreiter beat Juuse Saros for the go-ahead goal early in the third period, helping the Carolina Hurricanes to a 5-2 win over the Nashville Predators in the first game of the teams' first-round playoff series.
Canes' season paused, while Caps play on without 4 regulars
For Peter Laviolette, his Washington Capitals will keep playing for the next week without four prominent players who broke the rules. There's no indication the Capitals are being shut down, though they will have to play the next four games without captain Alex Ovechkin, No. The NHL defers to local authorities, and the minimum four games for the Capitals players relates to the District of Columbia's quarantine regulations. The Hurricanes have so far had three games postponed because of their outbreak and won't play for at least a week. I think that’s really what we’re going to find out.”___AP Sports Writers Aaron Beard and Stephen Hawkins contributed.
Throwback 5-game series force players to 'embrace the grind'
In a unique situation like this, youre going from not playing to playing playoff-style hockey, so youve got to embrace the grind mentally, physically.This is a different kind of grind after four-plus months off the ice. Eddie Olczyk won and lost one best-of-five series early in his playing career with Chicago and remembers the nerves of being 18 and 19 years old in those moments. Carolina coach Rod Brind'Amour understands that urgency despite being drafted two years after the NHL moved to all best-of-seven series. His Hurricanes face the Rangers, whose president, John Davidson, won the only two best-of-five series he played in with New York. In a short series, Quenneville said, anything can happen.___AP Hockey Writer John Wawrow contributed to this report.