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Sports Rangers turn to Shesterkin for must-win Game 3 vs. Hurricanes

01:07  05 august  2020
01:07  05 august  2020 Source:   thescore.com

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The Carolina Hurricanes will advance into the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a second straight season by defeating the New York Rangers in Game 3 of Henrik Lundqvist started the first two games , allowing seven goals on 71 shots, because rookie Igor Shesterkin was ruled unfit to play and is day-to-day.

A little more than 24 hours after claiming victory in Game 2, the Carolina Hurricanes have an opportunity to sweep the New York Rangers in the best-of-five Stanley Cup Qualifiers. In NHL history, teams that have taken a 2-0 lead in a best-of-five have gone on to win the series 55 of 56 times.

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The New York Rangers will start rookie Igor Shesterkin between the pipes for their must-win contest Tuesday night versus the Carolina Hurricanes, the team announced.

Henrik Lundqvist started and lost the first two games (3-2 and 4-1) of the series, with Shesterkin deemed unfit to play.

Shesterkin, 24, made his NHL debut in January and played a massive role in the Rangers' second-half surge up the Eastern Conference standings. Shesterkin went 10-2 in 12 starts with a .932 save percentage and 2.52 goals against average.

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Carolina Hurricanes (38-25-5, fourth in the Metropolitan Division during the regular season) vs . New York BOTTOM LINE: The New York Rangers take on the Carolina Hurricanes in game three of the Eastern INJURIES: Rangers : Igor Shesterkin : out (undisclosed), Jesper Fast: out (undisclosed).

Martin Necas sealed the win in a game the Hurricanes never trailed by one-timing a shot in off the skate Henrik Lundqvist stopped 34 shots for New York in starting for Igor Shesterkin , who was listed as And Aho, upon tipping in Andrei Svechnikov's centering pass in front, immediately turned and

Puck drop for the critical contest is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. ET.

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TORONTO — Sebastian Aho scored twice in the third period while James Reimer was strong in net to help the Carolina Hurricanes beat the New York Rangers 4-1 on Tuesday night and sweep the Stanley Cup qualifier series. Warren Foegele scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period for the Hurricanes, redirecting a shot from the point by Brady Skjei to beat rookie Igor Shesterkin at 5:07 in the third. Then Aho followed with a highlight-reel goal about 5 1/2 minutes later, taking the puck from Rangers defenceman Jacob Trouba along the boards and skating in on Tony DeAngelo to backhand the puck past Shesterkin as he went to his knees.

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