There is no Stopping Svechnikov
The first playoff hat-trick in Carolina Hurricanes History.
The first line wasn’t the only one that had some serious chemistry. Sebastian Aho and Andrei Svechikov have three points each as Svech ripped three impressive goals past Lundqvist to seal the first playoff hat-trick in Carolina History, the first hat trick in Andrei’s young career, and another multi-point game for these two superstars.
Each goal was special in its own way. From the clapper three seconds into their second powerplay of the night, to the magnificent two-on-one that officially sealed the deal for the Rangers. Andrei Svechnikov alone has as many goals in this game alone as the entire Rangers offense through two games.
The love for Svech has been well established. The crew back at PNC left him a little something in his stall for when the team returns, hopefully, no earlier than October.
But do not forget about Sebastian Aho either. He now has five points in these first two games. That has put him at 17 points all-time in the playoffs, gained in only 17 games. People in Montreal are fuming right now.
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When asked about his hat trick and how he plays at the playoff stage, Andrei Svechnikov ensured to give his Finnish teammates all the credit:
"“Obviously it feels great, you know. Especially when you win that game. I think that I wouldn’t have that hattrick without my partners and I thank them for that.” “I just think [Sebastian Aho] is a special player, you know. He’s got great talent. He’s fast, like he’s just super talented, you know. I think we got good chemistry and with Teuvo Teravainen, between the three of us we got good chemistry.” “These are just playoff games. They are more physical games than the regular season and much more faster, you know. You have to make decisions quicker.”"
Don’t worry Andrei, we know. It is no surprise really that along with Petr Mrazek, these two were our three stars of the night:
The Carolina Hurricanes will be the designated away team tomorrow night for their first nighttime hockey game since March. Then all our twitters will be time accurate. A win will send the Rangers on a bus back to NYC where they can figure out how it went wrong and will give the Hurricanes extra time to practice and prepare for the first round of the playoffs.
Quick note: Sami Vatanen has now played two games for the Hurricanes in this series, ensuring that the New Jersey Devils will receive at least a 4th Round Draft Pick.
Question for CC Readers: What was your favorite moment of the game?