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Andrew Copp had himself a night at Madison Square Garden as the New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 to tie their second-round series 2-2 after falling behind 0-2 with two losses at PNC Arena.
Copp, who was acquired by the Rangers at the trade deadline, tallied one goal and two assists in Tuesday’s game to help lift his team to victory. After Copp scored with 8:50 remaining in the third period to put New York up 4-1, fans were quick to praise his Game 4 performance.
Joe Pantorno @JoePantorno
Three-point night for Andrew Copp. He didn’t have a point in this series entering tonight. #NYR
NYR Stats & Info @NYRStatsInfo
Andrew Copp collects his first career three-point playoff game (1G-2A). Since joining the Rangers, Copp has accumulated 28 points in 27 games (8G-10A in 16 RS GP
& 5G-5A in 11 PS GP).
Matt Kalman @MattKalman
Andrew Copp> $5 million left over in cap space
Jesse Pollock @jpolly22
Brandon Hagel went for two firsts. Andrew Copp should have gone for three 🤷♂️
x – jaczizzle @MlKAZlBANEJAD
WHAT A GAME FOR COPP
x – Gia 🏳️⚧️ @femezoid
Copp is having himself a NIGHT
ANDREW COPP THANK YOU SIR
Anthony Pensato @apenzz11
LETS GO!!!! #NYR What a game from Copp!!!
Giancarlo Stantonio @RennieLuke
Copp and Vatrano are the greatest deadline additions of all time.
Someone call the Copp? #CARvsNYR
if you told me in January that Andrew Copp would be the most impactful trade deadline acquisition…#NYR
Copp, 27, spent the first seven-and-a-half seasons with the Winnipeg Jets before joining the Rangers at the trade deadline. His performance this postseason doesn’t necessarily come as a surprise.
The Michigan native was a natural fit in New York’s lineup since making his debut with the franchise in March. He tallied eight goals and 10 assists in 16 regular-season games with the Rangers and entered Tuesday’s game with four goals and three assists in seven playoff games.
If Copp and the rest of New York’s depth forwards can continue to produce at a high level, the Rangers have a solid chance at beating the Hurricanes and reaching the Eastern Conference Finals.
Game 5 between the Rangers and Hurricanes is set for Thursday night at PNC Arena.