The Rangers advanced to the Eastern Conference finals, where they will face the Tampa Bay Lightning, thanks to New York’s 6-2 victory against Carolina in Game 7 of their series.
New York Rangers Secure Spot In Eastern Conference Finals With Dominant Game 7 Win
Igor Shesterkin’s performance in goal for the New York Rangers helped them to a victory in Game 7 for the second time this postseason. He made 36 saves.
Chris Kreider, responsible for both of the team’s goals in the victory, said, “Clearly, our goaltender was once again our greatest player.”
The Penguins were led to victory by four different goal scorers: Adam Fox, Ryan Strome, Filip Chytil, and Andrew Copp.
The Rangers have not been in the Stanley Cup playoffs since 2015. Therefore, this is their first appearance in the tournament since then.
As of Monday, the Hurricanes had won all 13 of their games at home during the postseason; this was also the first time an enemy club had scored more than two goals in a game played at PNC Arena.
Fox scored the goal for the Rangers, giving them an early 1-0 lead. This was the sixth consecutive power-play goal for New York.
After goaltender Antti Raanta gave the ball away deep in his zone due to the hooking penalty committed by Sebastian Aho, New York was allowed to take advantage of a power play.
When Fox came off the bench for the Rangers, the Hurricanes had already neutralized the vast majority of the Rangers’ man advantage.
In the rules violation, the Carolina penalty kill did not pick up on his infraction. Because of this, Fox was able to stride into the zone, fire the ball, and beat Raanta with his glove side barely three minutes and forty seconds into the game to take the lead.
After only 14 seconds, Kreider put the Penguins in front of the Lightning by redirecting a shot by Mika Zibanejad past Raanta.
This gave the Penguins the initiative. “It is usually to your advantage to complete your initial goal, but this is especially true when you are traveling. This audience thrives off of that particular aspect when they get into it, “Fox commented.
It was even more essential to carry out a second survey as soon as possible after the first one.
The Hurricanes’ first-line winger, Jarvis, could not return to the game. The Hurricanes’ power play was still unproductive throughout this series, as they failed to score on three of their first two opportunities with the man advantage.
Antti Raanta, a forward for the Hurricanes, suffered an injury in the second period while doing a split in response to a scoring attempt by Mika Zibanejad. This further depleted the offensive resources available to the Hurricanes.
After the veteran goaltender, Frederik Andersen was sidelined with a lower-body injury on April 16, Raanta was allowed to start in place of Andersen for the first time.
Raanta was assisted off of the rink by her trainers.
Pyotr Kochetkov entered the game in the 16th minute of play and promptly gave up a goal to Strome, bringing the score to 3-0 in favor of the Rangers.
After Artemi Panarin chipped the puck up the boards for his fellow teammate, it was a 2-on-1 situation with Cop for Strome to take advantage of.
Strome won the match against Kochetkov with his second attempt after Raanta had been replaced.