Rangers Rise to the challenge

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Here’s one thing the New York Rangers have made abundantly clear this year: They can thrive under pressure.

The Rangers found themselves down 3-1 in their first round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, having dropped Games 3 and 4 by a combined 14-6. New York buckled down though, and goaltender Igor Shesterkin regained his composure to claw their way to the second round.

Against Carolina, the Rangers have trailed in this series 2-0 and heading into Saturday’s action they were facing elimination, behind 3-2 in the second round. Once again though, the Rangers refused to go down quietly.

New York jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first 10 minutes of the game, but to suggest that the first period was all Rangers would be an oversimplification of what happened. Carolina actually outshot them 15-12 in the opening frame, but Shesterkin stood tall. From there the Hurricanes challenged, but the Rangers never lost their two-goal cushion.

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New York even chased out goaltender Antti Raanta and with Frederik Andersen still out with a lower-body injury, rookie netminder Pyotr Kochetkov entered the contest. That didn’t work out for the Hurricanes.

Carolina has now lost six straight road games to open the playoffs, which is a first, per the NHL PR and Sportsnet. It’s real problem that the Hurricanes should be concerned with, but the good news for them is it’s not something they have to worry about immediately. Game 7 will be played in Carolina on Monday and remember, while the Rangers have shown their resilience, Carolina’s no stranger to winner-takes-all contests either. We should be in for a good game.

NY RANGERS 5 CAROLINA 2 (Series tied at 3-3)

As mentioned above, Igor Shesterkin played a big role in this victory. He saved 37 of 39 Hurricanes shots. He’s posted a 2.10 GAA and .937 save percentage over his last nine playoff starts.

Filip Chytil scored two goals, including the game winner. He’s up to four markers and five points in 13 playoff games.

Mika Zibanejad, Tyler Motte, and Artemi Panarin provided the Rangers’ other three goals. Adam Fox assisted on two of the Rangers’ five markers.

Brady Skjei scored a goal and registered an assist for the Hurricanes. He has a goal and three points in 13 playoff contests.

Antti Raanta turned aside 10 of 13 shots before being yanked early in the second period. Pyotr Kochetkov stepped in and stopped 10 of 12 shots the rest of the way.

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