Continue to be Physical
The Carolina Hurricanes need to continue the physical play.
One thing became abundantly clear in game 1, this series is going to be VERY physical. After watching game 1 between the Rangers and Hurricanes, I think most fans can agree that these two sides aren’t very fond of each other nor do they need fans to get the adrenaline pumping.
Game 1 had a ton of big hits on both sides and even a fight with an unexpected player. After some jawing from ranger forward Ryan Strome, Justin Williams decided he wanted to show him what a 38-year-old, 3 Stanley Cup champion could still do.
Justin Williams, a player who rarely fights got into it early in game 1. Now I’m not saying these guys hate each other but it seems to me like there is some strong dislike going on here and these two teams aren’t shy about throwing around their bodies either. This fight comes after Marc Staal, brother of Canes Jordan Staal and former Carolina Hurricanes star Eric Staal, checked rookie Martin Necas with a big hit early in the game.
Below you can see just one of the many big hits that went on in game 1.
The physical play likely won’t stop after just one game. The two teams combined for 68 hits in the first game back after the break. Suffice to say the players have been waiting to get back out there.
Though ultimately, the rangers had 12 more hits than the Canes and Carolina is likely going to need to step up its physical play in order to secure a two-game lead against this Rangers squad.