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New York Rangers win 2-0 series over Tampa Bay Lightning to keep the under-25 club in motion

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New York Rangers win 2-0 series over

NEW YORK — The magnitude of the Eastern Conference final has left the New York Rangers’ youth a little overwhelmed, but that’s likely because it is not.

Friday’s win against the Tampa Bay Lightning, a 3-2 victory, moved them to two wins from the Stanley Cup Final. There are still five games in the series.

The Rangers won the Rangers’ NHL-record 17th consecutive win streak by following a playoff loss.

Adam Fox, Rangers defenseman, said that “their team clearly had a good playoff streak in which they didn’t lose back-to-back”. “But it’s not in our minds when coming to the games. We don’t think about the streaks teams have. It’s right now, and we’re trying to bring it every day.

Through two games, the Blueshirts have outperformed the two-time defending champions. They have looked slow and have had to deal with many frustrations from Rangers’ star goalie Igor Shesterkin.

The bigger test will be to see if the Rangers, who have won four consecutive games going back to the previous round, can continue this momentum to Tampa. Game 3 will take place at 3 p.m. ET Sunday.

With a power-play goal by Nikita Kucherov, the Lightning had an opportunity to win the game early. They led 1-0 at 2:41 of the first period. New York responded quickly.

They have done so throughout the playoffs. It was the under-25 team that provided a boost when the Rangers needed it.

K’Andre Miller tied it in three minutes. Brandon Hagel blocked his first attempt, but he recovered and shot again from high slot. He beat Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa’s goalie.

With 2:28 left in the period, Kaapo Kakko scored his second goal of playoffs to give Rangers a 2-1 lead. It was a redirection from Fox’s pass, which faked Jan Rutta as a Lightning defenseman. Kakko then passed through traffic to Kakko at Kakko’s far post.

Fox had already set Alexis Lafreniere up for a prime opportunity moments before and he was an excellent puck-handler throughout the night. Reigning Norris Trophy winner, Lafreniere, who had two assists and a team record 25:12 on the ice, created four takeaways, and made a few key defensive plays, put together one of his best playoff games.

Gerard Gallant, Rangers coach, said that “he’s played outstanding hockey” and that he moves the puck well. He’s the leader of our team in both D and offensive zones. He was a great player and played big minutes for us every night.

The Rangers continued that momentum into the second half, holding Tampa to just three goals through the first 14 minutes.20. They had 14 shots and many chances to extend their lead.

The Kid Line, which included Kakko, Chytil, and Lafreniere was at the heart of that push. They combined for nine goals while maintaining offensive-zone time for impressive stretches.

The Rangers’ power play performance of 0-for-4 kept the Lightning in striking distance. They ended the second period with a push for a tie goal. Shesterkin saved seven shots in the final 5 minutes of the period to keep the lead.

It was the familiar source of offense that brought about the insurance goal.

Fox seized a Tampa puck in the neutral zone, and tapped it to Mika Zibanejad. She then beat Vasilevskiy on the right shoulder to tie the team lead.

This was crucial as Nick Paul scored with 2 minutes remaining to reduce the Lightning’s deficit to 3-2.

Shesterkin managed to survive a furious end to the game with 29 saves. This included 13 in the third period and one big one while sprawling across the crease at Steven Stamkos with just under a minute remaining.

Lightning finds themselves in an unfamiliar place

Since being swept in round one of 2019, the Lightning have now lost back-toback playoff games.

Lightning captain Steven Stamkos stated, “It’s been an amazing ride as far responding to losses in the last couple of years.” It shows the character and strength of this group.

When the Lightning return home for Games 3, and 4, they will attempt to get back into the series.

Stamkos stated, “You’re bound to encounter some adverse moments.” This is definitely one of them. But you need to look at the team we’re playing and how they got there. (The Rangers) lost 2-zip in last series and were 3-1 in round one. The recipe is there.

The rinks

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