Ramblings: Rangers Take Two, Chytil Heating Up, McAvoy to Miss Start of Season (June 4)

Ian Gooding


The Tampa Bay Lightning have finally lost two playoff games in a row, the first time that has happened for them since being swept by the Blue Jackets in 2019. That's 18 times since then that the Bolts have lost a playoff game, only to win the following game.

The underdog Rangers, though, are staying true to their Twitter hashtag and showing no quit. Also living up to the Rangers fans' chant, Igor Shesterkin is better than any goalie remaining in the playoffs. With a 29-save performance, Shesterkin has now reeled off 11 consecutive quality starts. He has not allowed more than three goals in any of those games, and he has allowed just two goals in each of his last four games – all wins. A hot goalie used to mean everything for a team on a playoff run. Maybe it still does.  

Andrei Vasilevskiy was tagged with a really bad start in Game 1. He performed better in Game 2, although 25 saves on 28 shots wasn't quite enough for a quality start. He caught fire at the end of the Toronto series and carried that momentum into the Florida series, but he's having issues with a Rangers team that is playing with all sorts of confidence.

Adam Fox assisted on two of the Rangers goals, giving him two points in each of his last four games along with a seven-game point streak. Fox also has at least one point in each of his nine home games during the playoffs, which is a prop for you to remember the next time the Rangers play at home. Also related: the Rangers have eight consecutive wins at home.