Ramblings: Rangers Force Game 7, Western Conference Final, Oilers Power Play (May 29)

Ian Gooding

2022-05-29

After five Game 7s in the first round, the second round will feature only one Game 7. The Rangers made sure of that with a 5-2 win over the Hurricanes in Game 6 at MSG on Saturday.

Filip Chytil was the scoring star for the Rangers with a pair of goals. He also finished with a plus-2 and four shots in just over 10 minutes of icetime. As was the case on Saturday, Chytil has been used on a "kid line" with Kaapo Kakko and Alexis Lafreniere. Based on icetime, it's no higher than a third line for the Rangers, but it shows the depth they have accumulated during their rebuild period. Chytil has five points in 13 playoff games, although four of those points have been in the form of goals.

Even though the Rangers won, they were outshot by a sizeable margin by the Canes (39-25). That meant Igor Shesterkin had to do his thing, making 37 saves in the win. After a rough first round, Shesterkin has found his game with a 1.68 GAA and .949 SV% in this series. Moreover, he's posted eight consecutive quality starts dating back to Game 6 of the Pittsburgh series. It goes without saying he will need another gem for the Rangers to prevail in Game 7.

Shesterkin also recorded two assists in this game, giving him three assists during the playoffs. During this series he has the same number of points as Chris Kreider (2), and over the playoffs he has more points than Kaako (2).

With two assists in Game 6, Adam Fox leads all defensemen in playoff scoring (16 points in 13 games). He is also tied for the Rangers lead in playoff scoring with Mika Zibanejad.

Speaking of Zibanejad, he now has goals in four consecutive games, including his goal in Game 6. Three of those goals have been on the power play.