May 26th, 2024

Hurricanes make change in net. Go to Pytor Kochetkov for Game 3 against the Rangers

By The Associated Press on May 9, 2024.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Pyotr Kochetkov is set to start in goal for the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 3 against the New York Rangers on Thursday night, as they make a change in net trailing the second-round series 2-0.

Coach Rod Brind’Amour announced the decision roughly seven hours before puck drop, citing Andersen’s workload as the reason for the move.

“Freddy’s played really well, but he’s also played a lot,” Brind’Amour said. “I think giving him a little rest is the best thing.”

Andersen allowed eight goals on 62 shots through the first two games against the Rangers, though he has hardly been the biggest reason Carolina needs to mount a comeback. The 34-year-old Dane has played 17 games since returning from blood clotting issues in March.

Kochetkov, still technically a rookie at 24 though he has multiple seasons of NHL experience, has not played since April 14.

“At the end of the day, he’s fresh and hopefully has a great game,” Brind’Amour said.

Fellow Russian Evgeny Kuznetsov will also return to the lineup after being scratched in the Hurricanes’ Game 2 overtime loss at New York.

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AP NHL playoffs: https://apnews.com/hub/stanley-cup and https://www.apnews.com/hub/NHL

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