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Zibanejad has 2 goals and 1 assist, Panarin scores as Rangers beat Hurricanes 4-3 in Game 1 – Winnipeg Free Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Mika Zibanejad had two goals and an assist, Artemi Panarin also scored and the New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 on Sunday in Game 1 of their second-round series.

Vincent Trocheck had a goal and an assist, and Chris Kreider had two assists as the Rangers, playing for the first time since completing their first-round sweep of Washington a week earlier, won their seventh straight, including the regular season.

Igor Shesterkin stopped 22 shots and became the third goalie in franchise history to open a postseason with five straight wins, joining Dave Kerr (1937) and Mike Richter (1994).

New York Rangers goalie Igor Shesterkin looks at the puck during the second period against the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second round playoff series, Sunday, May 5, 2024, in New York.  (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

New York Rangers goalie Igor Shesterkin looks at the puck during the second period against the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second round playoff series, Sunday, May 5, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

Jaccob Slavin, Martin Necas and Seth Jarvis each had a goal for Carolina, which last played Tuesday night when it won the first round against the New York Islanders. Frederik Andersen finished with 19 saves.

Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Tuesday night.

The Hurricanes had the second-best power play in the NHL on the season and the best penalty killing unit. However, they went 0 for 5 with the advantage against a Rangers team that finished third in the PK. New York was 2-on-2 on its power plays totaling 23 seconds.

Necas saw action alone early in the third period against Shesterkin and quickly put it through the goalie’s legs to pull the Hurricanes to 3-2 at 2:48.

Panarin beat Andersen from the left circle at 8:21 to restore the Rangers’ two-goal lead. It was his third of the playoffs after finishing with a career-high 49 in the regular season.

Carolina pulled Andersen for an extra skater with three minutes left, and Jarvis scored from the left side with 1:45 to go.

Shesterkin made a glove save on Andrei Svechnikov with just under a minute left to preserve the Rangers’ lead.

With the Rangers leading 3-1 after 20 minutes, the teams played a fast-paced second period in which the Rangers had a 10-6 advantage in shots.

Jacob Trouba was ejected for cross-checking 2.5 minutes into the second period. The Hurricanes had one shot on goal during the lead. After the penalty expired, the Hurricanes’ Jordan Staal escaped, but his attempt was pushed aside by Shesterkin.

The Hurricanes got another power play with 4:46 left in the period, but didn’t get a shot on goal during the lead. Trocheck had a short-handed breakaway for the Rangers, which was denied by Andersen.

Zibanejad got the Rangers on the scoreboard with the game’s first shot on goal (2:46 into the game). Jack Roslovic skated around the back of the net and sent a pass forward, which Zibanejad placed past Andersen.

Slavin tied the score 1:02 later after the Hurricanes’ first shot when he fired a shot from the left point that bounced and went over Shesterkin’s right shoulder.

Carolina defender Brady Skjei sent a shot off the right post 20 seconds later.

The Hurricanes got the first power play of the day when Chris Kreider was ejected for boarding at 6:14. Just over a minute later, Necas skated into Shesterkin from the right side and hit the left post.

New York took control midway through the period when former Ranger Tony DeAngelo was ejected for trespassing.

New York needed just 9 seconds to take advantage when Kreider got the puck on the right door and sent a no-look pass left to Zibanejad, who fired it home.