The series “Rangers-Hurricanes” begins to actively move into game 4
New York Rangers coach Gerard Galant was unhappy with the clash at the end of his team’s victory in Game 3 against the Carolina Hurricanes.
The next day he was ready to put it behind them.
“Last night you were (upset),” Galant said Monday. “The game is over and you will get a big win. Today you are moving to a great game so as not to make a fool of yourself. There are opportunities to make sure you make people pay the price, but you don’t.
“You’re worried about winning the game and getting a draw in this 2-2 series, and that’s the most important thing.”
Gallant was outraged after the sound of Sunday’s 3-1 victory reduced the Rangers deficit to 2-1 when Carolina striker Max Domi hit New York’s Ryan Lindgren and defenders hit him back. led to a brawl. The coach also had an oral conversation with Hurricanes defender Tony DeAngelo.
“No, I wasn’t happy (with things) at the end of the game they initiated,” Galant said after Sunday’s game. “We didn’t do that when the games were close. They want to play like that, we have guys who can compare to that. ”
The Rangers will be looking to level the series in Game 4 on Tuesday night (7pm EDT, ESPN).
On Monday, Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour downplayed what happened.
“I don’t know what he’s talking about,” Brind’Amour said. “It’s not like we have guys sending messages.”
Although he did not want to dwell on this, Galant believed it could help his team enlist.
“I don’t think it will hurt us in the slightest,” he said. “I think it helps us. Good if the guys are a little (upset) from time to time. We play better. It makes us more focused. ”
Ryan Reeves, one of the Rangers players cited by Galant, who can answer, agreed.
“I think some of these best guys are starting to play a little more physically and a little more involved in the fight,” he said. “I think our team is succeeding at that. Some teams dodge, I think we have it good. “
Hurricanes do not care, and expect the playoff series to become physical.
“It’s the playoffs, it’s pretty normal to get hit or make a hit,” Carolina striker Sebastian Aho said. “It’s intense and fast and it’s a battle there, so there’s nothing new there. I’m not surprised if I get hit in the playoffs. Obviously, you have to be ready for that. “
Galant shuffled his lines early in Game 3 after scoring one goal in the first two games. In the third period he returned to the usual combinations. He noted that in game 4 there may be more changes.
Brind’Amour mixed up his lines during training on Monday to try to get his team to attack in the same way.
Hurricanes fought for the strength of the game. After 22% of their chances turned into a men’s advantage during the season, they are at 11.6% during the playoffs – including 0 to 7 in this series.
“One group was actually very good, creating a lot of chances,” Brind’Amour said. “Our so-called top is not very good. They really struggled. Just try to shake it up a bit and see where it goes. … We need to find some goals. ”
FLAMES on OILERS, Oilers led 2-1 (21:30 EDT, ESPN)
The Calgary Flames know they need to find a way to restrain Conard McDavid of Edmonton, trying to avoid being pushed to the brink of retirement.
McDavid has scored two goals and seven assists in the first three games of the series, and also has six goals and 17 assists in 10 playoff games. Only Wayne Gretzky (29 in 1983 and 25 in 1985), Mario Lemieux (25 in 1992) and Rick Middleton (23 in 1983) have more points in this number of games.
“We let one guy beat us a few nights,” Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk said. “Go back to the drawing board and find a way to stop it.”
On Sunday night, McDavid made three assists, including a major in front of two of Evander Kane’s three goals in a 4-1 win that brought the Oilers their second straight win after losing in the opening series with a 9-6 record.
Edmonton scored four goals in the second period with a score of 12:06 to break through and win at home.
“I think we had a lot of our young guys who hadn’t been in that situation before (and) were a little intimidated by the atmosphere,” Calgary coach Daryl Sutter said.