After a lot of tension and a lot of anxiety, we can all breathe. After everything is said and done, the Carolina Hurricanes held home ice and defeated the Boston Bruins in game seven of their first-round matchup. Carolina will now move on to play the New York Rangers, where the Hurricanes will have home ice. Game one is on Wednesday at PNC Arena and the Hurricanes will look to march on against their Metropolitan Division rival.
This game will forever be known as the Max Domi game. A three-point night in a 3-2 game seven win over a team that has had a hex over the Hurricanes organization isn’t something that will be forgotten in a hurry. His first career playoff goals helped the Canes in this one. He was the difference-maker in the Canes’ biggest game of the season to date. He’s such a good kid, and he was a huge factor tonight.
Antti Raanta also deserves heaps of praise. Raanta was never asked to be in the position he was in. Raanta was thrown into this position due to an injury to Carolina’s Danish starter, and Raanta was absolutely outstanding. No one on the Canes was awful, but he really was huge in this series making massive save after massive save. He was outstanding in this series and he proved that he can do what the Canes need him to.
Game seven also marked the arrival of Teuvo Teravainen to this series. Many of us started to wonder when Teravainen would make his appearance known because he has been good in previous years for the Hurricanes, but he felt rather invisible in this series until this game. His goal opened the scoring and gave the Canes a lead that they would never relinquish. He’ll need to be big moving forward.