Hurricanes will keep same plan in Game 6 to end Rangers’ resilience

It was not lost on anyone, though, that what had already worked for Carolina in taking a three-games-to-two lead in this second-round series was a momentum-sapping game.

The Hurricanes have been at their best this series with their defensive prowess. They’ve gone heavy on the forecheck, eaten up space in the neutral zone and made it impossible for the Rangers to get into the opposing end. They have played deliberate, purposeful hockey. 

The kind of hockey that, if done right, makes things hard for a home team facing elimination to keep their crowd in the game and find the necessary desperation to get things to a Game 7. 

“I think when we’re at our best, we’re a hard team to play against,” Carolina defenseman Brady Skjei said Saturday morning. “We get pucks behind the goal line, our forwards are so good at working the defensemen and cycling and keeping pucks down low. And getting pucks to their net. 

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