Chesterkin, Rangers top Lightning in Match 2, extends lead in Eastern Conference

New York leads Best of Series 7. Match 3 in Tampa Bay on Sunday.

“I think we did a great job reducing them, especially in the first two periods,” Rangers Defenseman Adam Fox He said. “We didn’t make a lot of mistakes. We could feel them. We did a good job playing from the middle of the field and feeling our transfer, and when we needed those big yellow cards at the end we got them as usual, but I thought throughout the game we did a good job to limit their chances” .

Kandrey MillerAnd the kabo kaku And the Mika Zibanjad He scored for Rangers, seeded No. 2 in the metropolitan area, winning eight consecutive home games. Chris Crieder Fox both had assists.

“clearly, [the Lightning] They are a skilled team with a lot of experience in these playoffs so I think it’s just a matter of managing that and trying to keep the game simple and stick to the game plan,” Miller said.

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Nikita Kucherov And the Nicholas Pol record and Andrei Vasilevsky He made 25 saves for Lightning, seeded No. 3 in the Atlantic Division, who has won 17 consecutive post-season games after losing since the start of the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs.

Tampa Bay lost their last two consecutive games after the 2019 season, when they were swept by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round.

“At some point, you’re going to lose two in a row in the playoffs,” Lightning coach John Cooper said. “The fact that we haven’t counted the years is pretty cool, so we can take a second here and say, ‘”[Heck] From a job, boys, but for the most part, the streaks end, and unfortunately the night is over. Did we get out of the playoffs? you did not. Do we have a hill to climb? no doubt “.

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Kucherov gave Lightning a 1-0 lead in the 2:41 minute of the first half with a powerful goal from his wrist from outside the right circle.

Miller tied 1-1 at 5:59 with a shot from the hole on a rebound after blocking his first shot Brandon Hagel.

Kakko gave Rangers a 2-1 lead at 17:32 with a hint at the side of the net on a pass from Fox.

“I stayed in front of the net,” Kaku said. “We had some chances before that and then Foxy had the disc and a good pass so it was easy for me to put it in the net.”

Zipanjad extended the difference to 3-1 1:21 in the third game with a shot from his wrist from outside the left circle.

“Of course it was a big goal,” Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said. “We knew they were going to press really hard. … We fought back. We found a way. We are playing against a real good team there and again, they pushed the ball and we made some key saves at the end there to keep it 3-2.”

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Tampa Bay wasn’t able to generate much attack in the first half of the game, and once again had trouble limiting possession and chances by New York as in Game 1, losing 6-2.

“I think we haven’t done the right way that got us here, especially in the last couple of years in terms of managing and implementing the puck, and things like that,” the Lightning leader Stephen Stamkos He said. “We talked about how much skill they have on their team. If you give them chances, they are a very skilled team and they can make you pay.”

Paul brought in Tampa Bay within 3-2 with 2:02 seconds left and Vasilevsky won an extra skater.

The Lightning topped Rangers 14-6 in the third game, including 3-0 in the last 59 seconds.

“We got better as the match went on,” said Defensesman Victor Hedman He said. “We had a bunch of opportunities to tie the game there at the end, so we’re going to take that with us for the next game. We can’t hang our hats just because we’re going home on the ice, but it’s going to be great to be in front of our fans and try to get the next game.”

Shesterkin made several big saves in the last minute, including that of Hedman with 22 seconds left.

“I can not imagine [how many] “Once people have said nice things about Igor who is saving us at this point in the year,” Miller said.[Shesterkin is] Not real. You see it in every game, the number of times the highlight reel is saved. We obviously trust him a lot and try to let him do his work. We try to limit the chances he sees, block shots and do those little things, but “Shesty’s” coincidence, he’ll stop the disc. “

Vasilevsky scored nine goals in 62 shots in two games of the series. He allowed three goals from 154 shots in a four-game sweep of the Florida Panthers in the second round.

“I still stick to my opinion,” Chesterkin said. “Everything is like I said before: Andre is still the best goalkeeper in the world. You can’t forget that the series has four wins, so you just have to keep playing”

Notes: Zipanjad extended his goal streak at home to six matches. Only three players have had a longer streak in the intervening year (Jay LaFleur, eight games in 1979; Paul Coffey, seven games in 1985; Reggie Leach, seven games in 1976). …Zibanijad has 11 points (six goals, five assists) in seven consecutive points. …Fox has 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in nine home games this season. The only Rangers players to have more in the post-season are Mark Messier and Brian Leach, who each scored 16 points in 13 home games in 1994, and Sergey Zubov, who scored 13 points in 13 games in 1994. … New York won a game versus for the first time in this playoff without scoring a powerhouse goal; They’ve scored with the man’s advantage in all of their previous nine wins (12 vs. 30, 40.0 percent). … lightning forward Corey Berry He played his 180th play-off to a draw Sidney Crosby In third place among the active players behind Zdeno Chara (200) and Joe Thornton (187).