New York Rangers tie streak to 2 games apiece with 4-1 win

Ryan Reaves #75 of the New York Rangers takes on Max Domi #13 of the Carolina Hurricanes late in their game (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

It was as close to a laugh as we’ve gotten in this series as the New York Rangers have never trailed in a 4-1 win at Madison Square Garden. They came back from an 0-2 deficit to tie the Carolina Hurricanes in their second-round playoff series. This means they will play at least one more game this season at the Garden.

The teams followed the script with all games won by the home team in this series. In fact, the Hurricanes are yet to win on the road this playoff, winning all six games at home and losing all five on the road. Of course, for Rangers to win this streak, they need to break that streak.

The expected showdown between Ryan Reaves and Max Domi only happened in the last 10 seconds of the game, and at that point it was relatively uneventful.

But it was Max Domi who was involved in a key play of the match. At 11:38 a.m., Jacob Trouba delivered a big hit to Domi that turned the tide for the Blueshirts and gave them the momentum for the win. After Jacob Trouba presented Domi with a big kick, he was tackled by Steven Lorentz who ended up with the instigator’s penalty and a foul. Rangers scored on the ensuing power play and never trailed.

Coach Gérard Gallant explained how important it was. “It was a big success for Troubs. He comes up on the blue line and that was obviously a big part of the game. Good, clean and hard hit, they stepped up and got an instigator penalty and we scored , capitalized on it. It was huge for us.”

Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour didn’t complain about the instigator’s penalty, saying, “I know our guy is coming after the hit. I think they are trying to do some work on that. If it’s a good hit, you shouldn’t go in. He was checked pretty well in the face when he walked in.

Adam Fox also talked about it. “Trouba has been doing this all year. I don’t know if we needed a jolt to start but he got everyone going, defended and got us a power play and we scored there. It’s definitely a big turning point in the game.”

Almost a 60 minute effort

Coach Gallant agreed it was as good as the effort they’ve been putting in all season. He said the team sat down after taking a 3-0 lead and focused on protecting the lead, which he didn’t want to see. With Rangers a bit on their heels and back at the dump and defending the play that hurt them in Game 1, Gallant called Andrew Copp’s goal restoring the three-goal lead “huge”.

Throughout the series, he pointed out that either team could have won any game, including this one. The very fact that the games were so close was one of the reasons the Blueshirts were never in danger of being out of place. As Ryan Lindgren said of losing the first two games: “We were down but we never got knocked out. We come back here, feed our audience and get two big wins.

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