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Hurricanes surge past Rangers in the third period, force Game 6 in Raleigh with 4-1 win

Chip Alexander, The News & Observer on

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NEW YORK — The Carolina Hurricanes will play at least one more game.

Trailing the New York Rangers by a goal entering the final period of Game 5, being shut down by Rangers goalie Igor Shesterkin, the Hurricanes ignited for four goals in the third for a 4-1 victory.

After losing the first three games of the second-round series, taken to the brink of elimination, the Canes now have won the last two and forced a Game 6. That game will be played Thursday at PNC Arena in Raleigh.

Jordan Staal tied the score 1-1 early in the third for the Canes, and Evgeny Kuznetsov made it 2-1. When Jordan Martinook scored from the low slot, it was 3-1 with 10:04 left in regulation.

Just like that, the Madison Square Garden crowd, so lively much of the night, sat in stunned silence.

Rangers coach Peter Laviolette pulled Shesterkin early for an extra attacker but Martin Necas swept the puck the length of the ice for an empty-net goal for a 4-1 lead.

 

Canes goalie Frederik Andersen, given the start in Game 5, allowed a shorthanded goal to Jacob Trouba in the second period but that was that.

Staal’s goal, on a strong move to the net, came when the Canes captain beat Shesterkin by going forehand to backhand at 3:33 of the third.

Kuznetsov then scored on a rebound at 6:39 of the third, breaking into his birdman celebration. His goal also made up for a careless slashing penalty late in the first period.

Martinook ripped a shot from the slot through some traffic as Shesterkin could not track the puck.

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