Hurricanes lose goalie Raanta and Jarvis in Game 7 to Rangers

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RALEIGH, NC (TAUT) — The Carolina Hurricanes found themselves in a quick holeshot in Game 7 against the New York Rangers. The loss of key players like Seth Jarvis and goalkeeper Antti Raanta only made things harder for any chance of a comeback.

The Hurricanes lost Jarvis to an upper-body injury after receiving a first-period hit from New York defenseman Jacob Trouba, then lost Raanta in the second period when he went down after stretching for a stoppage and was helped off the ice putting no weight on his right leg.

It was part of a tough all-around Monday night in a 6-2 loss to the Rangers that ended their second-round Stanley Cup Playoff streak.

Afterwards, coach Rod Brind’Amour said Raanta’s injury was serious enough that he would not have been able to play had Carolina advanced.

“No chance,” Brind’Amour said. “He’s going to get checked out tomorrow. That knee probably would have been taken out – I don’t know for sure, but he didn’t look too good coming out of here or limping.

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Carolina allowed two power-play goals in the first 10 minutes of the game to send the Hurricanes into catch-up mode against a Rangers defense anchored by star goaltender Igor Shesterkin. Jarvis’ injury came between those two goals, while Raanta’s came with 4:23 left in the second period as the Hurricanes were still less than 2-0 down.

Raanta, 33 – pressed for a starring role when No 1 keeper Frederik Andersen suffered a lower-body injury in mid-April – had been pushed by Rangers’ Chris Kreider to one side of the crease while making a stopped, then skated to his right as the puck headed towards Mika Zibanejad on the other side.

Raanta extended his right leg into a split to make the save, and almost immediately stepped forward and landed face down on the ice. He was eventually helped back onto the bench with help from teammates Vincent Trocheck and Nino Niederreiter before heading to the locker room, putting no weight on his right leg.

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Raanta was ruled out and rookie Pyotr Kochetkov, who came on in Game 2 of the Hurricanes’ series against Boston when Raanta went out early with an injury, entered. But he quickly gave up a goal to Ryan Strome of Rangers for a 3-0 deficit, and ended up allowing three goals on 12 shots in relief.

Jarvis, a top rookie winger, was knocked out of the game on Trouba’s high kick near his left shoulder and head with about 12 1/2 minutes left in the first period. The hit sent Jarvis sprawling on the ice and he could only crawl to the bench.

Jarvis was too wobbly to even sit upright on the bench and needed help from his teammates to be directed to the locker room.

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“He might be a little smaller, but he’s fiery and he’s got a lot of heart,” defenseman Jaccob Slavin said of the 5-foot-10, 175-pound Jarvis. “He is obviously an important part of our attack. … It shouldn’t change the outcome of the match, but we really feel when his presence isn’t there.

Worse still, the Hurricanes were handed a penalty for too many men on the ice as they attempted to replace Jarvis, with Kreider converting 14 seconds later with a perfect redirect on a Zibanejad pass.

“That’s sort of the summary of this shift,” Brind’Amour said. “It was a blow in this match.”

The team quickly ruled out Jarvis for the rest of the night with what was described only as an upper body injury.

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