New York (AFP) – Philip Shettle He scored twice in the second half as the New York Rangers beat the two-time Stanley Cup holders at the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-2 on Wednesday night in the first game of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Mika ZibanjadAnd the Artemi Banarin And the Frank Vatrano Each of them had a purpose and help, Chris Crieder Also scored, Alexis Lavrinier and Adam Fox They each had two passes to help New York win their seventh consecutive franchise record in the home playoff. Igor Shesterkin He stopped 37 shots to improve the score to 8-3 in the last 11 games.
Stephen Stamkos He had a goal and help, and Ondrej Balat He also scored for Tampa Bay, who won six goals in a row and was playing for the first time since completing the second round of the Florida sweep on May 23. Andrei Vasilevskywho conceded only three goals in four games against the Panthers, and has made 28 saves.
Match 2 Friday Night at Madison Square Garden.
The score tied 1-1 after 20 minutes before Rangers took control in the second half. They scored three times while outperforming the Lightning 17-10.
Vatrano gave Rangers a 2-1 lead at 7:50 of a second as he pounced on a loose puck near the left circle and fired a shot over Vasilevskiy high over the side of the barrier in his fourth of the postseason.
Only 25 seconds later, Tampa Bay Victor Hedman He fired a shot over the goal, and seconds later, Rangers fetch the puck in the other direction and Vasilevsky blocked it. Ryan Strom.
Balat equalized at 8:32, resulting in a shot rebounding from Stamkos past Shesterkin in his fifth qualifying match.
Rangers later regained the lead with a 1:19 ratio. kabo kaku He had the puck behind the Lightning net, went out to the right of the goalkeeper and sent a pass to Chytil into the hole he shot past Vasilevskiy. This is the third consecutive match that Chytil has scored.
Chytil made it 4-2 with 4:17 left after Rangers expanded the ball into the attacking area. He got a pass from the ice Kandrey Miller And he fired once at Vasilevskiy in his seventh post-season – and fifth in three games.
Panarin got a cross pass from the ice Andrew Cope in the left circle at 2-on-1 and fired it past Vasilevskiy to give Rangers a three-goal lead 30 seconds after the third. This was his fifth of the playoffs.
Less than two minutes later, Shesterkin made two big saves during the Lightning Power game, stopping a slap shot by Nikita Kucherov followed by Corey Berry. He then remained on the ice for several minutes after being hit in the head by Stamkos after the second rescue.
Zipanegad made it 6-2 at 6:06 after a long stint in the attack zone in a power match, firing a one-time shot from the left circle from a pass from Panarin in his eighth qualifying game. He awarded Rangers a goal with the man’s advantage for the sixth consecutive game, equaling a playoff record, previously achieved in 1986 and 1990.
With so much of the focus in the series focused on goalkeepers, the Madison Square Garden crowd began chants of “I’m better! I’m gore better!” midway through the third period.
Nerves flared with less than two minutes remaining as several skirmishes erupted in one corner. Six players received penalties, putting Tampa Bay in a power game to end the game.
Kreider got Rangers on the scoreboard first 1:11 in the match from their first shot of the match on goal. Zipanegad got a long pass from Vatrano on the right side at 2-on-1, sent a pass through Kreider, who fired it past Vasilevskiy from inside the left circle to score his ninth goal of the post-season.
Then Shesterkin was stopped and slapped with bullets Jean Rota It’s 2:09 in the first lightning shot.
Stamkos leveled at 7:19 when he got a pass from Rota into the high hole and fired a slap shot past Shesterkin just under the bar in his fifth qualifier.
Shesterkin denied two close attempts by Stamkos with about 4 minutes left at the start to keep the score tied.
Zipanegad extended his points streak to six games with five goals and five assists in extension. …Rangers is 7-3 when he scored first in this post-season, and 6-1 when he leads after two stints. … Tampa Bay is 1-3 when giving up the first goal, and 1-3 when behind after two runs. …Rangers scored six goals in consecutive playoffs for the first time since their 1994 Cup-winning run.
Kreider has 51 post-season points, tied Walt Takajok for fifth in New York franchise history. His 33rd post-season goal was behind Rod Gilbert by one goal in series history.
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