Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Ian ColeHe had played 103 professional playoff games before he competed in the first game of their series against them. New York RangersOne goal in the postseason on Wednesday night.
He now has two. Cole, 33, scored in overtime at 3:12 to give the Hurricanes an overtime win over the Rangers. This gave them a 2-1 lead in the series. Cole became an unlikely postseason hero.
Carolina coach: “That's the best thing about this game.” Rod Brind'Amour said. “You never know who you're going to be.” That moment is his forever.
In overtime, Hurricanes defenseman Brendan SmithSnapped a shot near the blue line, but it was blocked by a Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba. Cole was deep inside the zone when it bounced.
“We had some extended time there. I wanted to pass to someone but nobody was really dangerous. Cole explained, “So I decided that it was time to put it on the net and watch what happens.”
His shot was blocked by the defenseman Ryan LindgrenThe past goalie Igor ShesterkinFor the game-winner.
“Hockey's a game that involves weird bounces. Cole admitted that it isn't the most attractive, but they will accept it.
Cole was followed by his teammates and thronged by the PNC Area crowd. Cole was not used to this position in his 12-year NHL history. He only has four career goal-winning goals in the regular season. Cole acknowledged it was “a bit claustrophobic” to be so close to the chaos.
Visor became a bit fogged up. My hair got in my face. He said he couldn't see any.
After the Rangers had won most of the game, the Hurricanes rallied for a dramatic victory. Filip ChytilThe first-period goal was held up to the end Sebastian AhoWith 2:23 remaining in regulation, the game was tied. Goalie Antti Raanta27 saves were made in the game to keep the score close.
“He kept us engaged in the game for two complete periods. We had a chance to win. Cole stated, “That's all you can expect from a goalie.”
Cole provided everything the Hurricanes could have asked for and more.
His other postseason goal came on June 6, 2016, when he scored the Pittsburgh Penguins— The Stanley Cup Final's first goal.
Cole stated that the Hurricanes are aiming for the Cup.
He said, “It's about the journey and not just about winning this game.” “We are not here to win one round of the Stanley Cup and feel like we have accomplished our mission. We're here for the Stanley Cup.