Wednesday, December 07, 2022

Chittil score 2, Rangers win Game 7. beat Hurricanes 5-2 to force

NEW YORK ( Associated Press) — Philip Chitill scored twice in the second period as the New York Rangers beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2 on Saturday night to force the deciding Game 7 of their second-round playoff series.

Tyler Motte and Mika Zibnejad scored in the first period to start New York, with Artemi Panarin in third place and two assists by Adam Fox, helping Rangers set a franchise record with their sixth straight home win this post season. helped in

Igor Shesterkin blocked 37 shots for New York, which has not lost at home since a three-OT loss to Pittsburgh in Game 1 of the first round. Rangers won their fourth straight elimination game, including Games 5, 6 and 7 against the Penguins.

Brady Skazei had a goal and an assist, and Vincent Trochek also scored for the Hurricanes. Carolina fell 0–6 on the road this post season – becoming the first team in NHL history to lose its first six road games in the postseason – to go with a 7–0 mark at home.

Anti Ranta was pulled after conceding three goals on 13 shots. Pyotr Kochetkov came and saved 10.

Game 7 is back on Monday night in Raleigh, North Carolina. The winner will begin the Eastern Conference Finals at home against Tampa Bay on Wednesday night.

The first five games of the series were dominated by strong defensive play, with both teams scoring multiple goals in a single game for the first time, sparking offences.

Leading 4-2, Rangers had a 5-on-3 power play about a minute before in the third period. Panarin himself was out of the penalty box, taking a 5-2 lead when he received a pass in the middle of the circle from Chris Kreider and gave Kochetkov a shot at 7:43. It was his fourth later in the season and his first since a series winner in overtime of Game 7 of the first round against Pittsburgh.

Rangers took a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes and extended it early in the second period. Cheetill pucked from Fox, skated to the right and beat Ranta from the right circle. This ended Ranta’s night as he was replaced by Kochetkov.

Skazei surpassed Shesterkin for his fifth career playoff goal and first this year to storm the scoreboard at 5:05. It came on Carolina’s 18th shot.

Cheetill got his second of the night and fourth of the postseason through traffic from the left circle near Kochetkov at 6:47 to restore Rangers’ three-goal lead.

Trochek scored on the rebound with 7:13 in the middle period to put Carolina 4-2 behind.

Three minutes later, Kochetkov had a good pad left on Chitil’s backhand attempt for a hat-trick.

Shesterkin denied Sebastian Aho on the breakaway of 7:05 in the game, and then stopped following shots to Tuvo Teravenen and Aho seconds later to keep Storm off the scoreboard.

At the other end, Motte gave Rangers a 1–0 lead as he brought up the ice, skated and beat Ranta at 7:22 from the left circle for his second of the playoffs – and that series.

With Carolina’s Brendan Smith holding out for the high-sticking, Zibnejad extended the Rangers’ lead to 2–0, slightly off the midpoint of the period. He got a pass from Adam Fox, brought the puck across the blue line, drove a defender out of the way, skated and fired a shot through Ranta’s five-hole from the right circle at 9:51 for his seventh post-season did.

This gave the Rangers a power-play goal for the fourth straight game, the achievement in the playoffs for the first time since 2008.


Shesterkin had assisted on Zibnejad’s first-period goal and Chitil’s second-period goal, giving him three assists in 13 post-season games. … Jibnejad scored a goal for the fourth straight game. He also has an assist in this series. Zibnejad scored seven goals and nine assists after the season.


F Barkley Goodrow returned to the Rangers lineup for the first time since Game 1 of the first-round series against Pittsburgh. He was out with a lower body injury. Kevin Rooney was scratched to make room for Goodrow in the fourth row.


Rangers f Chris Kreider played his 93rd season post game, tying Walt Takazook in fifth place in franchise history. …Ahoy, Jordan Stahl and Teravenen all tied Justin Williams with 47 for the fifth-most playoff games played in franchise history. Stahl has played in 120 overall in his career for Pittsburgh and Carolina, and Teravenan has played in 72 for Chicago and Carolina.


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