The Carolina Hurricanes advanced to the Stanley Cup Playoffs by completing a sweep of the New York Rangers with a 4-1 win in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Tuesday.
Rangers rookie goalie Igor Shesterkin made 27 saves in his NHL postseason debut. New York led for 3:06 in the series, all in Game 3, and their power play was 1-for-14.
Hurricanes goalie James Reimer made 37 saves in his first start of this postseason after Petr Mrazek won the first two games. Sebastian Aho scored twice, and Warren Foegele and Teuvo Teravainen scored for the Hurricanes, the No. 6 seed in the East, after Chris Kreider scored for the Rangers, the No. 11 seed.
Aho scored seven points (three goals, four assists) in the series.
The Hurricanes will play the Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals or Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference First Round. The Bruins, Flyers, Capitals and Lightning are playing in the round-robin portion of the qualifiers to determine the top four seeds.
The Rangers have a 12.5 percent chance at the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft in the Second Phase of the NHL Draft Lottery, to be held Aug. 10.
Kreider gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead 12 seconds into the second period after New York outshot Carolina 14-6 in the first.
The Hurricanes responded with a goal from Teravainen to make it 1-1 at 3:18, capping a shift that lasted 1:14 in the offensive zone. Rangers defenseman Marc Staal didn’t have a stick for the final 1:05 of the shift.
Foegele made it 2-1 at 5:07 of the third period, scoring on a double deflection off a shot by Brady Skjei.
Aho made it 3-1 at 10:26, scoring unassisted after taking the puck from Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba, going around Tony DeAngelo and beating Shesterkin. He scored a shorthanded goal into an empty net at 19:29 to make it 4-1.