3 reasons the Carolina Hurricanes didn't win the Stanley Cup

The Carolina Hurricanes have been eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Carolina Hurricanes v New York Rangers - Game Five
Carolina Hurricanes v New York Rangers - Game Five / Bruce Bennett/GettyImages
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The Carolina Hurricanes lost the goaltending duel in this series

The New York Rangers have Igor Shesterkin who is one of the best goalies in the world. The Russian netminder would make it to the Hall of Fame if he played another ten years at this level. It is possible.

In this series, Shesterkin had a 4-2 record with a .919 save percentage. It was a very good series for him. He dominated and made the Rangers a much better team.

On the other side, the Hurricanes used both Frederik Andersen and Pyotr Kochetkov. Andersen played five of the six games and went 2-3 with a .878 save percentage. Kochetkov played one game and gave up 3 goals on 25 shots.

It was clear that the goaltending made a difference in this series. It can be looked at as a big reason that the Canes lost it. They also won't be winning the Stanley Cup as a result.

Going into the summer, the Hurricanes have some things to figure out with their front office, coaching staff, and roster. These three things that kept them from winning the Cup in 2024 will be near the top of mind for decision-makers there.