//Hurricanes top Rangers in 1st game of NHL restart

Hurricanes top Rangers in 1st game of NHL restart

The Carolina Hurricanes have won the first game of the NHL’s restart.

The Hurricanes beat the New York Rangers 3-2 in Game 1 of their best-of-five Eastern Conference qualifying round series before no fans at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.

Sebastian Aho led the Hurricanes with a goal and an assist, while Jaccob Slavin and Martin Necas also scored for Carolina. Mika Zibanejad and Marc Staal replied for the Rangers.

The Hurricanes are used to strange scenes in Toronto. In their last appearance at Scotiabank Arena on Feb. 22, the Hurricanes beat the Maple Leafs 6-3 with emergency goaltender David Ayres recording the win in net.

Ayres, a Zamboni driver and the manager of a nearby Toronto arena, had to come in after the Hurricanes’ two regular goaltenders both got hurt.

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