The Hurricanes rally from a 3-0 deficit to take the lead — then rally again late to force overtime — only to lose in the second extra period in what might be the final game at the RBC Center this season.
Long after the Montreal Canadiens had gone jumping, yelling and screaming off the ice, there were still stunned fans in the seats, staring blankly at the ice, wondering if they had seen the Carolina Hurricanes for the last time this season.
After dropping their first two playoff games in a building more hospitable to the hosts than any in the NHL this season, there are no guarantees the Canes will even be back. Michael Ryder scored 152 seconds into the second overtime to thwart two Carolina comebacks, giving the Canadiens a 6-5 win Monday and a sweep in the first two games of their Eastern Conference quarterfinals series.
The energy the Dallas Stars showed in the second period Monday night was nice. Now if only they can figure out how to play that way for three periods, they might win a game in this series. But unless the Stars find out how to do it fast, they might find themselves swept out of the playoffs.
Coach Tom Renney admitted he was partly playing a hunch in replacing Henrik Lundqvist with Kevin Weekes in the Rangers’ goal for Game 2 last night.
The hunch didn’t pay off, though, and now the Rangers return home tomorrow for their first playoff game at Madison Square Garden in nine years down 2-0 and in danger of being out of the postseason by the end of the weekend.