NEW YORK – TheThe Eastern Conference Final Game 2 was won by the winner and the streak of NHL-records for the period ended. During the process.
After losing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs to the defending Stanley Cup champions, the two-time Stanley Cup champions won 18 consecutive games. They lost their last three games in April 2019. These losses were part of a sweep by TheThe Lightning lost a series 2-0 on Friday, but the Rangers won 3-2 at Madison Square Garden to give them consecutive victories that gave them the opportunity to enter the conference final.
“It has been a great ride in terms responding to losses the last two years. It shows the character in this group,” said Captain. It's the most difficult trophy to win. You will encounter some negative moments. This is one of them.
Coach Jon Cooper didn’t view the end of the streak in a negative light for his team.
“At some point you'll lose two in succession in the playoffs. It's amazing that we haven’t lost in the playoffs in so many years. One could say, “Hell of a job boys,” in a second. However, most streaks end in the end. It did for us tonight.” he stated. Did it knock us out? It didn't. Is there a hill we can climb? There's no question. That's not what I think Captain Obvious is saying. However, I believe that we have more in us.
After Game 2, Lightning players said that their loss was due poor execution. Too many east/west plays and too little north-south offense. There were too many turnovers, which led to Rangers' chances. New York was able to keep the puck in New York for the majority of the game. The Lightning then found their game and an urgency in the third period.
Cooper stated that Cooper's team didn't lack urgency in the first period because they knew in their hearts that they could draw on the past success of the streak.
He said, “I'll be truthful: This is my first time talking about the streak.” It was not discussed by anyone. Although we are aware that it has happened, it was never discussed in our group. It's not possible for our team to rely on “we don’t lose two in succession”.
“We just couldn't manage it. It was shocking what was happening from the beginning to the halfway point of the second. It isn't a game plan. It is not what [the Rangers] are doing. You have to manage the puck, and we didn't.
Star winger Nikita Kocherov's power play goal helped the Lightning get on the board first. Rangers'Lightning's Reaves was the only one to be penalized for getting physical after the faceoff. Kucherov's dazzling shot through goalie At 2:41, he was playing in his fifth playoff game.
New York responded 3:18 later, as defensemanHe took his rebound and fired the puck past The equalizer. The Rangers led by a score of 2-1 in the second thanks to The Kid Line, their trio if young standouts who helped them get through the postseason. .
ForwardFox was just a few feet away from the Lightning's crease when he received the puck. To send the defenseman, Fox faked a shot. Spreading out past him and sending a perfect pass to forward For a defection goal, his second in the playoffs.
The Rangers led the way into the second period. They had the upper hand but couldn't add another goal. CenterJust 1:21 into the third period, Zibanejad made the necessary adjustments and banked a shot just behind Vasilevskiy to get his ninth playoffs goal. Zibanejad and three other players tied Zibanejad's record for the longest home-goal streak of (6) over the past 30 seasons.
Nick Paul's goal with Vasilevskiy at 17:58 in the third period cut the lead. But Shesterkin helped close the door with 13 saves in the third period and 29 overall.
Vasilevskiy, who was an 18-0 player with a 1.49 goals per game average, a 0.942 save percentage, and five shutouts, was one of the main drivers behind the Lightning streak. After suffering losses in the postseason, he's given up three goals in each of his three games.
Teams that lead by 2-0 in a best of-7 series have a series-record of 340 53 (.865). They also hold a 3-1 mark (.750) in the 2022 playoffs. Stamkos found consolation in the Rangers' victory over them in the series.In the previous round.
“You only have to look at our team and see how they got there. Their last series was a two-zip loss. In the first round, it was 3-1. He stated, “The recipe's there.”
Game 3 takes place in Tampa Sunday afternoon.