Ramblings: Panthers Advance; Two More Series Go 7; Top Picks Miller, Kreider (May 14)

Ian Gooding

2022-05-14

The three Game 7s today/tonight might be the most fun you'll have as a hockey fan all season. The exception, of course, might be if you are a fan of one of the six teams involved, where instead you will be on pins and needles all day.

On Friday, you had to settle for three Game 6s, two of them resulting in Game 7s to be played on Sunday. That brings a total of five Game 7s for your weekend. If you haven't been entertained at some point during these playoffs, what about now?

Rangers 5, Penguins 3 (series tied 3-3)

A Chris Kreider point shot with just a minute and a half in regulation gave the Rangers the lead, with an Andrew Copp empty-netter securing the victory and a Game 7 at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. The game-winning goal was definitely a shot that Louis Domingue wanted back.

Both Kreider and Zibanejad scored a pair of goals for the Blueshirts. Zibanejad picked the right time to score his first two goals of the series, while he also added two assists and six shots on goal. Kreider also took six shots on goal.

Igor Shesterkin's struggles in this series have been well-documented, and he looked like he was in trouble again after allowing two first-period goals. However, he finished with a win with 31 saves on 34 shots. Shesterkin has allowed at least three goals in five of the six games in this series, so he hasn't been able to bail out the Rangers the same way he had in the regular season. The cherry on top for the Hart Trophy finalist in Game 6 was this well-earned assist on Kreider's goal.