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Rangers Triumph in Double Overtime, Secure 2-0 Series Lead Over Hurricanes



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The New York Rangers have been on fire in this year’s playoffs, winning six games in a row. This is the first time they’ve done that since they won the Stanley Cup back in 1994. But their latest win wasn’t easy.

In Game 2 of their second-round series against the Carolina Hurricanes, the Rangers were outplayed for parts of the game. However, they managed to stay strong and fight back whenever things got tough. Finally, after a grueling match, they pulled off a 4-3 victory in double overtime at Madison Square Garden.

The hero of the night was Vincent Trocheck, who scored the winning goal on a power play at 7:24 of the second overtime period. It was a nail-biting finish, but the Rangers and their fans celebrated a hard-earned win that puts them in a commanding position in the series.

Throughout the season, the New York Rangers have shown remarkable resilience and composure, especially when facing pressure situations. This was evident in their NHL leading 28 comeback wins. According to captain Jacob Trouba, this trait is deeply ingrained in the team’s makeup.


“It’s the makeup of the team,” Trouba explained. “It’s been like that for a while, I feel like. There’s never really panic in the room, in between periods, whatever it may be. I think we have the confidence, and the confidence is something that you build throughout the course of the year. I don’t think we ever feel like we’re out of games.”

Trouba’s insight highlights the Rangers’ collective mindset they maintain a sense of calmness and belief in their abilities, even in challenging situations. This confidence, forged through their experiences over the season. So, fuels their resilience and enables them to never count themselves out of any game.

Vincent Trocheck sealed the deal with just 12 minutes and 36 seconds left in the second overtime period, clinching the victory for his team. This impressive feat also saw him equal a long standing franchise record. Trocheck’s goal marked his fifth consecutive playoff game with a goal, matching a record set by Cecil Dillon in 1933.

Reflecting on his game-winning moment, Trocheck could only muster a dazed grin and admitted, “I couldn’t tell you what happened. I’ll watch it and let you know.” His modest response captured the excitement and intensity of the moment. As well as his focus on the team’s success rather than individual accolades.


The New York Rangers’ relentless spirit ensured they would head to Carolina with a commanding 2-0 series lead for Game 3 on Thursday at 7 p.m. Despite being outshot 57-39 by the Hurricanes and perhaps deserving a better outcome based on their strong performance. The Rangers refused to back down.

The Carolina Hurricanes still have the opportunity to make this series interesting by defending their home ice advantage. However, the Rangers, drawing from the highs of their 2022 Eastern Conference Final run and the lows of last year’s first-round exit. So Rangers have forged a stronger bond and tougher mentality as a result.

This blend of experience and resilience has fortified the Rangers. Which making them a formidable opponent as they continue their quest for playoff success. The stage set for an intriguing showdown as the series shifts to Carolina, with both teams hungry for victory.

The New York Rangers have shown an unwavering resolve that has propelled them to an electrifying start in this year’s playoffs. Their ability to stay focused and composed in high-pressure situations has been a key factor in their success.


Head coach Peter Laviolette attributes much of this success to the team’s positive atmosphere and camaraderie. “They’re having fun,” Laviolette observed. “I do think there’s good camaraderie. I think that they play hard for each other in the game. And i think they practice hard together. I think they get along well off the ice.”

Laviolette emphasized that fostering a strong team culture was part of the plan from the beginning. He wanted to build something special, and it required players to fully embrace that vision. Fortunately, they have done exactly that, seizing the opportunity to create a tight-knit group both on and off the ice.

This unity and shared commitment have been instrumental in the Rangers’ impressive playoff run so far. As they continue to navigate through the postseason, their ability to stay connected and play for each other will be crucial in sustaining their momentum and achieving their ultimate goals.

Navigating Peaks and Valleys:

Game 2 was a wild ride, aptly described as “a roller coaster” by head coach Laviolette. The New York Rangers kicked off the game with a strong start, boosted by Alexis Lafrenière’s first playoff goal.


Lafrenière showcased his skill with a top-shelf wrister from the left circle, giving the Rangers an early 1-0 lead. The goal was made possible by Alex Wennberg’s aggressive forecheck. Wennberg hustled into the corner, winning a crucial puck battle and setting up the scoring opportunity for Lafrenière. This goal energized the team and set the tone for an action-packed game ahead.

After Lafrenière’s goal, the Rangers maintained their momentum for a brief period, keeping the high volume shooting Hurricanes at bay without allowing a shot on goal for 5 minutes and 29 seconds.

However, their defensive effort was disrupted when Guentzel managed to tip a long slap shot from Aho past Shesterkin, leveling the score at 1-1 with just 4 minutes and 53 seconds remaining in the period.

The Hurricanes seized the opportunity to take the lead just before the first intermission, as Dmitry Orlov redirected a pass from former Ranger Brady Skjei into the net with only five seconds left on the clock. This late goal gave Carolina a 2-1 lead and swung the momentum in their favor heading into the break.


The Rangers’ defensive woes continued as they allowed another goal in the final two minutes of a period. This time, it was Dmitry Orlov’s goal just before the first intermission. This trend set the stage for the Hurricanes to reclaim their high-octane playing style. In Game 1, they were credited with only six high-danger scoring chances, but in the first period of Game 2 alone, they amassed eight such opportunities.

Head coach Laviolette acknowledged the ups and downs of the game, stating, “There’s going to be peaks and valleys.” However, he expressed satisfaction in the team’s ability to respond to the momentum shifts. “I’m glad that when the wave was rolling up and down, we were able to push it back up again,” Laviolette remarked.

This resilience would prove crucial as the Rangers navigated through the challenges posed by the Hurricanes’ offensive onslaught.

Special Teams Shine, Rangers’ Ongoing Dominance:

Vincent Trocheck’s game-winning goal in double overtime was another example of clutch performance from the Rangers’ top power-play unit. This unit had already showcased its effectiveness earlier in the game when it produced the game tying goal from Chris Kreider with 13 minutes and 53 seconds remaining in regulation.

New York Rangers right wing Kaapo Kakko (24), left wing Will Cuylle (50) and Carolina Hurricanes center Jesperi Kotkaniemi (82) fight for the puck during the first period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series, Tuesday, May 7, 2024, in New York.
New York Rangers right wing Kaapo Kakko (24), left wing Will Cuylle (50) and Carolina Hurricanes center Jesperi Kotkaniemi (82) fight for the puck during the first period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series, Tuesday, May 7, 2024, in New York.

These crucial goals highlight the potency of the Rangers’ power-play unit, which has been a consistent force throughout the playoffs. Their ability to capitalize on man advantage situations has played a significant role in the team’s success. Which providing momentum changing moments when needed most.

Trocheck’s winner and Kreider’s equalizer underscore the importance of special teams in playoff hockey. It demonstrate the Rangers’ proficiency in this critical aspect of the game.

The Rangers’ power-play unit has been on fire, scoring goals in five consecutive games. Notably, they’ve recorded at least two power-play goals in four of those matches. Which boasting an impressive success rate of 40% (10-for-25). This places them second in playoff rankings, just behind the formidable Edmonton Oilers who hold a 45% success rate.

The Rangers’ power-play proficiency has emerged as a key weapon in their arsenal, providing them with an edge over their opponents. Despite facing off against the Hurricanes’ penalty kill, which ranked as the best in the NHL during the regular season, the Rangers have managed to consistently find the back of the net with their power-play opportunities.

This success underscores the effectiveness and adaptability of the Rangers’ power-play strategies, posing a significant challenge for opposing teams to defend against.


Vincent Trocheck emphasized the Rangers’ confidence in their power-play unit, stating, “We do expect to score.” He highlighted the significance of special teams in the playoffs, acknowledging the pressure that comes with being relied upon heavily. Trocheck emphasized the importance of maintaining confidence and rhythm to sustain their success on the power play.

Amidst the praise for the power play, the Rangers’ penalty kill also delivered an outstanding performance. For the second consecutive game, they went a perfect 5-for-5 on the penalty kill, showcasing a remarkable 92.6% success rate (25-for-27) over six postseason contests.

Defenseman Jacob Trouba acknowledged the importance of the penalty kill’s success, stating, “That part of the game is going well right now.” He emphasized the need to not solely rely on special teams for victory but recognized their impact on the outcome of NHL games. Trouba stressed the importance of generating offense at even strength while also acknowledging the significant role that winning the special teams battle plays in the overall outcome of games.