NHL Hockey Returns: Hurricanes Defeat Rangers in Game 1 of Cup Qualifiers

The Carolina Hurricanes won the first NHL game in 143 days, defeating the New York Rangers 3-2 in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Saturday.

“There was a lot of pent-up energy from a lot of players,” Hurricanes forward Justin Williams said. “Months without playing a meaningful hockey game is tough for professional athletes. Both teams had a lot of intensity.”

Henrik Lundqvist made 34 saves in his 128th consecutive postseason start for the Rangers. Rookie goalie Igor Shesterkin was expected to start before being ruled out Friday night.

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