The Carolina Hurricanes took game one against the Rangers
Here are three takeaways from the Hurricanes’ dominant win against the New York Rangers in game one of the qualifying round series.
Wow, folks, Caniacs around the world have been blessed with the return of playoff hockey, and what a fantastic way for the Carolina Hurricanes to start the qualifying round against the New York Rangers. The Hurricanes start the series with a lead after a 3-2 win in the series opener.
Rink rust seemed to be a thing of the past for the Carolina Hurricanes. The team not only played one of the best games of their season, but the Canes were also a picture of what fans love about playoff hockey. If this is any indication of what the playoffs have in store for fans, then this will be one of the defining Stanley Cup playoff races of NHL history.
I don’t have many criticisms of the Carolina Hurricanes performance today. It was the definition of a team effort. The Svechnikov-Aho-Teravinen line was elite, newcomers Trocheck, Vatanen, and Skjei proved that they are a part of the team, and Mrazek was in playoff form reminiscent of the Canes’ deep playoff run last season.
The Rangers are not a team to take lightly, and the work for the Carolina Hurricanes is far from over. However, the Hurricanes proved today that they are a serious contender for the Stanley Cup. The first takeaway was without a doubt the defining storyline of today’s contest.