Netminder Antti Raanta says he trusts his ability to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to further success as the stakes get higher and higher in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
(This article was originally published on 20.05.2022)
The Hurricanes, 9/2 to be crowned Stanley Cup Champions, needed 27 saves from Raanta to beat the New York Rangers 2-1 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Second Round on Wednesday.
Raanta, in his ninth NHL season, made his first Stanley Cup Playoff start in Game 1 of the First Round, a 5-1 win against the Bruins and since then he has recorded four victories in seven starts, starring as the Hurricanes beat Boston 3-2 in a competitive Game 7.
The 33-year-old took over as Carolina's number-one goalie after Frederik Andersen was injured against the Colorado Avalanche on 16th April.
In the play-offs so far, the Finn has impressed with a .933 save-percentage and 2.13 goals-against-average (GAA).
In the regular season, he recorded 15 wins in 28 games (26 starts) with a .912 save-percentage and 2.45 GAA helping the Hurricanes win the Metropolitan Division (54-20-8).
The Rangers (52-24-6) finished second, six points behind Raanta and the Hurricanes.
Raanta signed a two-year contract with Carolina ahead of the current season following four injury plagued years with the Arizona Coyotes.
He said to the media: “When you haven't got the chance to play these games, you always question yourself like, what if I get the chance to play?
"It's obviously been a lot of fun to play. Now the stakes are getting higher and higher all the time, but you're just trusting your own thing."