May 17, 2024 - News

The Canes' rough end

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA - MAY 16: New York Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes players shake hands after Game Six of the Second Round of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs at PNC Arena on May 16, 2024 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Josh Lavallee/NHLI via Getty Images)

New York Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes players shake hands after game six. Photo: Josh Lavallee/NHLI via Getty Images

The Carolina Hurricanes' once-promising season ended in a gut punch Thursday night, with the New York Rangers winning 5-3 in Raleigh to eliminate the Canes in game six.

  • The Rangers scored four unanswered goals in the third period, turning what looked like a solid two-goal lead for the Canes with a game seven within reach into a season ender.

Why it matters: The Canes now face a pivotal offseason, as nine of their players become unrestricted free agents — including key players like Brady Skjei and Teuvo Teravainen — and coach Rod Brind'Amour's contract expires.

  • The team, which has made six straight playoff berths, could look dramatically different next season.

What they're saying: "These guys played their butts off all year. But this is what you're going to remember. And that's the hard part," Brind'Amour told the Associated Press after the game.

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