TORONTO – Sebastian Aho moved the ropes twice and the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the New York Rangers 4-1 on Tuesday night to sweep their Eastern Conference qualifying series.
After just three games, the Carolina roster became the first in the qualifying tournament to earn a pass to the next round of the NHL playoffs.
Warren Foegele first gave the Hurricanes the lead early in the third period by redirecting Brady Skjei’s point shot to beat rookie Igor Shesterkin at 5:07.
Aho widened the gap a few minutes later with a stunning goal. The Hurricanes forward stole the puck from defenseman Jacob Trouba along the ramps. He later beat Tony DeAngelo before slipping the puck under Shesterkin with a backhand maneuver.
He later scored another goal in an empty cage to seal the win.
“I feel like I really worked hard during the break. I knew if the season was to continue I was going to be in good shape, Aho said. I feel good now. ”
James Reimer was solid on the other side of the ice. He made a huge difference in the win, fending off 37 pucks. The goalie made several spectacular saves in the second period to keep his team in the equation.
Teuvo Teravainen also hit the target for the Hurricanes in the second period after Chris Kreider gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead.
Shesterkin, a 24-year-old rookie who started his NHL career last January before going 10-2, concluded the game with 27 saves.
“Igor (Shesterkin) played well,” admitted Rangers head coach David Quinn. Certainly, our problem was not with the goalkeepers during this series. ”
The New York club is the first to be eliminated from the NHL qualifying tournament. The Rangers will have a 12.5% chance of winning the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft this year, however. The second lottery will take place on Monday. One of the eight teams eliminated from the playoffs will have the chance to put the hook on Quebecer Alexis Lafrenière, who is seen as the best hope of this vintage.
The Associated Press
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