The Carolina Hurricanes dominated game two against the Rangers
The Carolina Hurricanes came into game two with the same tenacity and speed they brought to game one against the New York Rangers. There is no surprise that the results were virtually the same.
How are we feeling Canaics? To be absolutely honest, I had no idea where this game was going to go when the puck dropped. Having that one win cushion was a nice way to watch a game that could go either way. But boy did we get a seriously tilted game that seemed to be all Carolina from puck-drop to the final whistle.
This was a complete game from the boys in black. The Carolina Hurricanes dominated all three zones of the ice and were rewarded handsomely with a two-game lead against a New York Rangers team that is struggling to find an identity.
Remember when all the analysts and Rangers fans said that the Carolina Hurricanes were scared of the Blue Shirts? That the reason why they voted no on the return to play plan was due to the fact that they would have to face New York, a team that historically do not play well against, in a best of five?
Well, all that matters not because when it comes to playoff statistics between these two teams, Carolina holds all the cards.
You would think that Rod Brind’amour would be impressed by this effort but he seems to think that there is more his team has to offer:
"“I don’t think we were as good this game. Certainly not early on. Not quite as dialed in. I thought the Rangers were on us and they were playing their game. But I thought as the game moved on and we got more involved every was contibuting to that point.” “Obviously, you got to give Petr a lot of credit, he made some real big saves that allowed us to get into the game. He was Huge for us tonight.”"
So what stood?
Other than the goaltending like rod pointed out it has been the team’s chemistry and the historic efforts of a 20-year-old Russian hell-bent on taking these Carolina Hurricanes far and deep into the playoffs.