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Rangers implode in third period, Hurricanes seize Game 5 and momentum

NEW YORK — Jordan Staal and Yevgeny Kuznetsov scored 3:06 apart in the third period, and the Carolina Hurricanes scored four goals in the third period for a 4-1 win over the New York Rangers in Game 5 of the second-round playoff series on Monday night, avoiding elimination for the second straight match.

Jordan Martinook and Martin Necas also scored in the Hurricanes’ big third period, and Frederik Andersen – starting for the fourth time in five games in this series and ninth time in 10 games in the postseason – had 20 saves.

Jacob Trouba scored a short-handed goal and Igor Shesterkin stopped 24 shots for New York, which has lost two straight after taking a 3-0 series lead.

Game 6 is Thursday night in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The Hurricanes won despite going 0 for 3 on the power play and fell to 1 for 20 in this series, while conceding a shorthanded goal for the second time.

Staal made it 1-1 at 3:33 when he took a pass from Dmitry Orlov, skated around a Rangers defender in the left circle, got to Shesterkin and beat him with a shot from the back that rounded the leg of the elongated goalkeeper went. . It was Orlov’s first goal in the play-offs.

Kuznetsov then gave the Hurricanes the lead when he banked in the rebound of Brady Skjei’s shot from the right side for his fourth of the postseason.

Martinook made it 3-1 just before the middle of the period. Necas sent a centering pass from the end boards, and the puck went off Jack Drury’s stick to Martinook, and he quickly sent a shot that beat Shesterkin.

The Rangers pulled Shesterkin for an extra skater with 3:44 to go, but Necas sent a long shot that ended up in the empty net 15 seconds later.

The Rangers got a power play when Orlov was called for roughing at 3:47 of the second period. Shortly after the penalty expired, New York’s Jack Roslovic was whistled for tripping, putting Carolina’s struggling power play at an advantage. However, it was the Rangers who provided the breakthrough.

Trouba blocked a Sebastian Aho shot, skated up the ice in a 2-on-1 rush and fired a shot from the right circle that beat Andersen at 6:23. It was his first goal in the playoffs and the Rangers’ fourth shorthanded.

The Hurricanes had another power play midway through the period, but were unable to get a shot on goal during the lead. Shesterkin then denied Drury’s point-blank try with six minutes left in the second.

Carolina held a 10-9 advantage in shots on goal in a scoreless and fast first period. Both teams had chances and the goalkeepers had to make a number of nice saves.

Shesterkin had a skate save on Staal about 2 1/2 minutes later and then had a pad save on another attempt by Staal at 8:41. He also stopped Jake Guenzel’s breakaway attempt with about 3 minutes left.

Andersen had a right pad save on Chris Kreider with about 6 minutes left in the period.

New York got the first power play of the game when Kuznetsov was ejected for cutting with 1:55 left in the first. However, the Rangers only managed one shot on goal during the lead.

Rangers rookie sensation Matt Rempe was back in the starting lineup after sitting out of Games 3 and 4. Filip Chytil played in his place in Game 3 and Jonny Brodzinski in Game 4.