Rangers storm past Hurricanes to force Game 7 in Carolina
The Rangers need to get just one win in Carolina.
One victory on the road in this series, which they’ll have a chance to do in a Game 7 on Monday after taking a 5-2 win over the Hurricanes in their fourth elimination contest of these playoffs in Game 6 Saturday night at Madison Square Garden, and the Rangers can advance to the Eastern Conference final for the first time in seven years.
The Bruins could not do it, as the Canes went 4-0 on home ice in a first-round series that also went seven games. The Rangers have not been able to do it in their three tries so far in this second-round series.
But the Rangers will have to be the first team to topple the Hurricanes in their house this postseason in order to earn the chance to avenge their 2015 conference final loss to the Lightning.
Carolina failed to clinch a series on the road in Game 6 for a second time and are now a jarring 0-6 in away games in these playoffs.
The Rangers were a team on a mission from puck drop and the Garden crowd reveled in it. And when Barclay Goodrow shockingly came out for pregame warmups and was ultimately announced as a starter – after the utility forward had missed the previous 11 games with a suspected ankle fracture – the cheers were roaring. It was easily the loudest the building had been all season long.
Filip Chytil, reunited with his fellow Kid Line members in Alexis Lafreniere and Kaapo Kakko, scored twice. The Rangers’ power play scored twice on goals from Mika Zibanejad and Artemi Panarin, who net his first tally of the series at 7:43 of the third period to cap the scoring on the night.
Even trade-deadline acquisition Tyler Motte got in on the action, opening the scoring in the Rangers’ two-goal first period that set the tone for this one early.
Oh, and goalie Igor Shesterkin was brilliant with a head-turning stat line of 37 saves, two assists and two penalty minutes in seventh playoff win. He became just the second goalie in Stanley Cup playoff history to record two assists and a penalty in the same game, joining Tom Barrasso, who did it in 1993 with the Penguins.