Rangers vs Hurricanes Game 2 telling: Antti Raanta shuts out New York as Carolina takes 2-0 lei

Smith’s goal off a feed from Sebastian Aho marked his first postseason goal in nine years, and it was the difference in a tightly defended game by both teams. Aho added a clinching empty-net score to finish this off with 1.8 seconds left as Raanta held up.

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Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Antti Raanta (32) watches a shot by New York Rangers' Tyler Motte (64) pass by wide of the net during the first period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series in Raleigh, N.C., Vrydag, Mei 20, 2022.

Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Antti Raanta (32) watches a shot by New York Rangers’ Tyler Motte (64) pass by wide of the net during the first period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series in Raleigh, N.C., Vrydag, Mei 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

Carolina improved to 6-0 at home in the playoffs and has a 2-0 lead for the second straight round. Now they face the challenge of winning on the road for the first time in the postseason after claiming a seven-game first-round series against Boston in which no team managed a road win.

They’ll get their first chance to win at Madison Square Garden in Game 3 op Sondag.

Carolina Hurricanes' Brendan Smith, sentrum, celebrates his goal with teammates Sebastian Aho (20) and Teuvo Teravainen (86) during the second period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series in Raleigh, N.C., Vrydag, Mei 20, 2022.

Carolina HurricanesBrendan Smith, sentrum, celebrates his goal with teammates Sebastian Aho (20) and Teuvo Teravainen (86) during the second period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series in Raleigh, N.C., Vrydag, Mei 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

Igor Shesterkin had 20 spaar for the Rangers.

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