When the final horn had sounded and the win was in the books for the Rangers Sunday, the action wasn’t over, as Carolina forward Max Domi – son of former Rangers enforcer Tie Domi – got into a fight with Rangers defenseman Ryan Lindgren.
Rangers coach Gerard Gallant was not at all happy with that turn of events, and let the Hurricanes know it, barking at their players as the teams left the ice.
“No, I wasn't happy with the [expletive] at the end of the game that they initiated,’’ Gallant said. “We didn't do that when the games were close. They put the guys on, that's fine. if they want to play like that, We’ve got the guys that can match that.’’
It was suggested to Gallant that there are often fights and rough play at the end of games in the playoffs, intended to send messages about how the rest of the series will go. He wasn’t buying it.
“I don't like it at the end of a game,’’ he said. “The game's over you know? We’ve still got four games to go with those guys. I mean they're not sending any message. We got the guy [enforcer Ryan Reaves] that can handle all their guys if we want to. And we didn't do it like that. But Domi took a cheap shot at our defenseman and you’ve got a long memory in this. You think about things and, like I said, it might be on the other foot someday.’’
Chris Kreider’s goal, at 5:55 of the second period, was his 30th career playoff goal, which lifted him out of a tie with Mark Messier and into second place by himself among Rangers players. Only Rod Gilbert (34) had more . . . Carolina, which defeated Boston in seven games in the first round, still has not won a game on the road in the playoffs. Each team in the Hurricanes-Bruins won all their home games, and Carolina won the first two games against the Rangers in Raleigh.