Seth Jarvis, the rookie center of the Carolina Hurricanes, created a buzzing aspect of a playoff hockey player on Friday.
With a balanced game on Thursday night and Rangers forward Ryan Strom in an excellent position to score, Jarvis stopped the dove and blocked in front of Strom’s stick. Hoped it would hit his cover or helmet. Instead, he struck Jarvis precisely in the mouth and could not sleep all night because of the pain. However, he felt heartbroken because he knew that Hurricans had defeated the Rangers 3-1, even though the person was trembling.
“I feel as if someone is constantly gnashing their teeth in my mouth,” Jarvis told reporters before the Hurricanes flew from Raleigh, NC, to New York on Saturday for the 6th game. He added: “It was a play I had to play.”
Jarvis said the injury “certainly” would not prevent him from playing on Saturday night. He also said he does not regret the game, which after the season might lead to dental surgery. There was no time for X-rays at this time.
“I still have a lot of time,” he said. “I just can not smile like before.”
But Carolina’s smile has only been seen at home lately. The Hurricanes improved to 7-0 at home after tense, self-sacrificing games in the playoffs like Jarvis did on Thursday. But they are 0-5 on the road and became the first team to see their first 12 playoff games won by the hosts.
The player who looks in front of the approaching stick is understandable. This is the Stanley Cup playoffs and hockey players have been doing this for over a century.
But finding out why the Hurricanes just won at home and lost every game along the way is far more mysterious, even to Gerard Gallant, the Rangers coach.
“I do not understand why this is happening,” Gallant said at the Rangers gym on Friday after the team arrived from Raleigh.
For Carolina’s coach, Rod Brind’Amour, the situation is falling apart in a series of 12 coincidences, especially with five losses.
“This is not a question,” Brind Amur told reporters on Friday. “I know, that’s all I understand. We did not play badly on the road. Our games were good. There were a few things that went like squirrels, penalties, then 5-3 and then, suddenly, these games fall apart. If it happened at home, it would be the same. ”
The Rangers, who are now one loser from the elimination, realize what Galant calls a “desperate game.” They hope the main ice advantage will continue for at least one more game and then stop. They beat the Hurricanes in two games with neither, but won both home games before the series. If they win on Saturday and force the 7th game, it will be Monday – in the rally.
Galant did not like his team’s game on Thursday. He told reporters that his players looked tired. It recalled what he said after the Rangers fell to the Penguins in Pittsburgh in Game 4 of their first round series when he said the Rangers were playing “softly”.
By that time the Rangers had lost one of the three games to the Penguins and even then they faced elimination. But they responded by winning the next three games and advancing to the second round. On Friday, Gallant reduced his criticism of the team, both on Thursday night and in Pittsburgh earlier this month. He said the remarks made in Pittsburgh had nothing to do with why the team responded so well.
But something has changed their season, and the soft calling of hockey players is a shocking verbal blow. Maybe we call them fatigue, it will have the same effect.
According to Gallant, it was the players’ innate understanding of the difficult situation they faced in all three games against the Penguins that led to their transformation. He said they still understand that. They know that playing in front of moving people in Madison Square Garden enhances their game.
“Really confident,” Alex Lafrenier, Rangers’ second-year forward, said Friday. “We know we can come back. We’ve done this in this series and in the series before. That is to be confident and to play as a team, and that is what we are going to do tomorrow. “
Igor Shesterkin, a sensational New York goalkeeper, was a big part of the team’s games and series. With the Penguins, Shesterkin played two bad games in Pittsburgh and was pulled out of both. But then she – and the Rangers as a whole – fixed all the flaws, and since then the Rangers, like Carolina, have not lost at home.
“He makes us think we can win any hockey game we play,” Gallant said.
Shesterkin has conceded just 17 goals in his last eight games, scoring just 2.13 goals per game. He conceded just 13 goals in six home play-off games and his only defeat at home in the post-season was a triple overtime game against Pittsburgh in his first game where he made 79 saves. So the Rangers also have an ice case at home.
The first team to delete the spell wins the series. The Hurricanes have the next opportunity on Saturday. To succeed, they will have to find a way to replicate the same desperate, tooth-crushing approach they use at home.
“It turns out hot,” Jarvis said. “We usually start slowly, so this is what we need to do, get out quickly.”