Underdogs or not, the Rangers have reinserted themselves into this second-round series against the Hurricanes in convincing fashion.
After dropping the first two games of Round 2 on the road, the Rangers effectively protected home ice and evened the series at two-all with a win in Game 3 and then an inspiring 4-1 victory over the Hurricanes in Game 4 Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden to send this matchup back to Raleigh, N.C., looking a lot different than it did at the start.
In New York, the Rangers have stifled Carolina’s usually cohesive team game. They have worked for the right balance of scoring and a defensively sound structure. And as a result, the Rangers have quickly turned this into a competitive series.
Oh, and the Hurricanes are now 0-5 on the road this postseason.
“It’s huge to get the series back to even,” said Ryan Lindgren, who recorded his first career multi-point playoff game with two assists in the win. “Even the first two games in Carolina, we played good hockey. We’ve been a confident group all year. We’ve played the hockey we wanted to play in Carolina, even though we didn’t get the score we wanted.