Game 6: Shesterkin, Chytil among key players in Rangers victory, force Game 7
May 29, 2022
The New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2 in Game 6 at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers' victory over the Hurricanes resulted in a 3-3 tie for both teams.
On Monday 30 May at 8 p.m. ET, the two teams will return to play in Game 7. Later, the winner of the match held at the PNC Arena will open the Eastern Conference final at home against Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday night.
In the first five innings of Game 6, the game was dominated by a fairly strong defensive strategy. Even so, the offense kicks in and becomes even stronger when both teams score multiple goals in the same game for the first time.
Tyler Motte and Mika Zibanejad scored in the first half for the Ranger's side. This was followed by Filip Chytil who scored two goals in the second half. Furthermore, Artemi Panarin scored in the third half.
The Rangers lead 4-2 by 5-on-3 for almost a minute early in the third period. Furthermore, Panarin, who just came out of the penalty box,made the lead position to be 5-2. He got a pass from Chris Kreider and was able to fire his shot past Pyotr Kochetkov in the seventh minute.
Adam Fox scored 2 assists while Igor Shesterkin stopped 37 shots for the Rangers to propel the franchise to victory. It was the sixth straight home win by the Rangers since this spring.
On the Hurricane's side, Brady Skjei scored one goal and one assist. While Vincent Trochek also contributed one goal for the team. After Antti Raanta had given up three goals from 13 shots, he was withdrawn and replaced by Kochetkov who finished the game with 10 saves.
In NHL history, the Hurricanes became the first team to lose six games on the first road in a postseason.
Shesterkin's role in Rangers victory
Shesterkin has shown his maximum form as a Rangers goalkeeper in Game 6. Not only made 37 saves, but he also scored two assists.
Shesterkin has a save percentage of 0.926 percent with an average of 2.74 goals in 13 playoff games. While in Game 6, he had a save percentage of 0.949 percent and an average of 2.04 goals-against.
With the Rangers’ win, Shesterkin became the first Rangers goalkeeper to have two or more assists in each game of the regular season. Previously, Mike Richter was only able to score 2 assists in the October 1992 game against Quebec Nordiques.
**Filip Chytil scores 2 goals for Rangers**
Chytil missed two goals just moments before he was able to capitalize on his next chance to push Rangers up to 3-0 in the second half. "It was good," Chytil said after the game.
The two-goal player says he has failed to score, but continued to shoot and tried to score every chance he received. He also explained that in this game, although the opponent blocked his attempts to score, each player still had plenty of chances to score points.
The achievements of the players earned praise from the coach, Gerrard Gallant. He considered that his team played very well. "Many different situations, but they played great," he stated.