RALLY, NC – The Carolina Hurricanes played near perfect home hockey, but the face of her series against the Boston Bruins may have just changed.
Already without first-choice goalkeeper Fredrik Andersen, Hurricane lost the services of his assistant Ante Ranta on Wednesday night in a 5-2 win.
Ranta was injured playing a loose puck ball in front of his half circle at 7:47 in the first half. Bruins striker David Pastrnak hit Raanta in the helmet with his right glove as he skated at full speed in his direction.
“His foot hit his towel,” Bruce Cassidy’s coach, Bruce Cassidy, said of the accident. He tries to obstruct the purge and move on. I don’t think there was any malicious intent at all.”
Renta fell to the ground and was bleeding from his nose or mouth. He got off the field with the help of the coach, and Hurricane announced that he would not return to the match without revealing the nature of the injury.
Pasternak initially received a large penalty kick for fouling the goalkeeper, but the referees reduced the penalty to two minutes.
Rookie goalkeeper Pyotr Kochetkov, who was named to the Hurricanes in the second round in 2019, took over and lost twice on 31 shots. It was his first appearance and first victory in the National Hockey League Final.
Kochetkov didn’t really have to worry in front of the Hurricanes goal, as his teammates did well on all three areas. Sebastian Aho and Nino Neederetter scored two goals, with Jesper Fast adding one.
The Hurricanes advanced 2-0 in the semi-finals of the Capital Division. The next two games will take place at TD Garden in Boston, starting with Game 3, which will take place on Friday night.
The Bruins’ family indiscipline soon opened the door to hurricanes and Bruce Cassidy’s men were unable to determine their rhythm. Patrice Bergeron hit the needle twice and Linus Olmark allowed four goals from 33 shots.
“We definitely needed a rescue switch,” Cassidy said. We have been better. I thought Kochetkov did a very good job. We could have scored more than two goals on the board.”
Hurricanes didn’t get off to a bad start, but when Ranta fell into battle, their pace increased. Patient with a puck near the boards, Jordan Stahl provided a perfect cross pass to Fast, who moved the ropes with one timer.
Two minutes and 27 seconds later, Aho brilliantly deflected a point shot from Tony D’Angelo, giving the team a 2-0 lead. This was the first of three assists from DeAngelo in the match.
From the 70th second of the second half, Ahu took advantage of his numerical advantage to make it 3-0. His one-time hard shot didn’t give Olmark any chance.
In Powerplay, Bergeron jumped on his rebound and gave the Bruins hope, but the Hurricanes responded less than four minutes later, also with an extra man. Niederretter managed to get past Olmark’s hack to regain a three-goal lead for his team.
Late in the second half, Bruins’ defender Humpus Lindholm was hit hard by Andrei Svichnikov and remained on the ice for a few seconds. He hardly retreats to the locker room.
Cassidy called Shek Svechnikov “on time, but a little loud.” Hurricanes coach Rod Bringmore was even more irritated by Pasternak’s gesture to Ranta.
“You never want to see men get hurt,” Brentmore said. I don’t like seeing the goalkeeper leave the ice either. If you really want to analyze the whole thing, one check was legal and the other not.
Bergeron scored his second goal in the match with 7:39 left in the third half. Niederreiter Complete the registration at the empty net.