Hurricanes eliminate Rangers from playoffs as Lundqvist serves as back-up

In the end, ‘The King’ could only watch from the sidelines. His replacement couldn’t find a win either, but Carolina’s elimination of the New York Rangers in three straight games certified the spiritual end of an era for the Blueshirts.

Henrik Lundqvist was not the reason New York lost this series. But he was the second-best goaltender to Hurricanes stopper Petr Mrazek in the first two games. The future instead belongs to Igor Shesterkin—and don’t read too much into the fact he himself was the second-best goaltender on the ice in Game 3, behind Carolina’s James Reimer, who played exceptionally well for the Hurricanes in the sweeping clincher.

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