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The Carolina Hurricanes were without the organization’s No. 3 goaltender Wednesday night after a collision during the first period.
Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak caught Antti Raanta in the mask with his hand as he skated past. Raanta fell to the ice, cut his mouth, left the game and never came back. Pyotr Kochetkov, 22, came into the net for Carolina.
It was originally called a five-minute major, but on review, it was changed to a two-minute minor due to goalkeeper interference.
It was the second day in a row that a substitute goalkeeper had to enter the match due to injury. On Tuesday, Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Louis Domingue was inserted in the second overtime after Casey DeSmith left. Domingue made 17 saves to earn the victory against the New York Rangers.
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Raanta, 32, made his first playoff start in Game 1 due to an April injury to No. 1 goalkeeper Frederik Andersen. Raanta made 35 saves for a 5-1 win.
Kochetkov played in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League and later the American Hockey League this season before being called up late in the season after Andersen’s injury. He had three starts, winning them all.
The Hurricanes have a strong defensive game that often guarantees the success of their goalkeepers. All three of Carolina’s goalies from last season are gone, and free agents Andersen and Raanta won the Jennings Trophy this season for lowest average goals against the team.
Bruins’ Hampus Lindholm leaves with injury
Bruins No. 2 defenseman Hampus Lindholm left the ice in the second period and did not return. He was circling the net when Carolina’s Andrei Svechnikov caught him with a clean hard shot.
Lindholm hit his head on the ice and needed help from his teammates to get off the ice.
The Bruins acquired Lindholm from the Anaheim Ducks before the trade deadline and signed him to an eight-year, $52 million extension.
Penguins at Rangers, 7 p.m. ET, TNT. Penguins win 1-0
Capitals on Panthers, 7:30 p.m. ET, TBS. Capitals lead 1-0
Predators at Avalanche, 9:30 p.m. ET, TNT. Avalanche lead 1-0
Stars at Flames, 10 p.m. ET, TBS, Flames lead 1-0