New York Rangers win Game 1 of Eastern Conference Finals against a ‘rusty Tampa Bay Lightning

NEW YORK — New York Rangers The Eastern Conference finals began with Game 1 of the Eastern Conference. They were still buzzing from Monday's Game 7 victory at the. Carolina Hurricanes. The Tampa Bay LightningA contrast, however, was the first to hit the ice since the completion of a sweep. Florida Panthers It was May 23, 1993.

The Rangers' 6-2 victory over the Lightning at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night saw their respective layoffs, giving them a 1-0 series lead.

“There was a lot more sharpness.” [for us]. As we mentioned, the team just kept going. Gerard Gallant, Rangers coach said, “We got a day off, played a match, and it really turned out well for us tonight.” They were obviously a bit rusty tonight. They were a little rusty after being away for nine days. It really does make a big difference.”

Jon Cooper, his counterpart, also noted the rustiness.

“We may have been a little tired throughout the game. He stated that they hadn't played in the game for a while. “But that's not an excuse on our part. “I give the Rangers my highest praises for their game.”

The Lightning players didn't intend to use the layoff to compensate for their defensive deficiencies.

“We certainly didn’t do our best,” he stated. It is what it is. This is not a group that will use it as an excuse. We have to do better.”

The game was described as a goaltending battle between the Lightning's Andrei VasilevskiyHe was the Stanley Cup champions' MVP last summer and the Rangers' playoff MVP. Igor ShesterkinThe Vezina Trophy will be awarded to, who is expected the league's best goaltender for this season.

Instead, the Rangers scored a greater number of goals than Vasilevskiy surrendered in all five of his previous games.

New York was on Lightning from the very beginning of the game. Chris Kreider For his ninth goal of the season, he scored on a Tampa Bay turn just 1:11 into regulation. But Steven Stamkos The equalizer came at 7:18 on the first.

“The first goal, it's a bummer. Cooper stated that he thought the team rebounded well. “But I believe there were things we did tonight which we didn't do in the first two rounds. Rangers are blessed with some talented players. If you give them an inch, they will go a mile.

The second period will be forward Frank Vatrano The Lightning raced back to stop a Lightning odd man rush, and then snapped a shot above Vasilevskiy for first. Just 42 seconds later, the Lightning answered with an encore shot. Ondrej Palat goal. New York took the lead when Rangers' “Kid Line,” struck twice in five minutes. Filip Chytil Both his sixth- and seventh playoffs victories were won by Vasilevskiy at 10:00. The Rangers then ended over two minutes worth of offensive zone time with a quick shot past Vasilevskiy, which gave them more than two minutes.

The Rangers weren't slowing down in the third. They scored 30 seconds into the period with an assist. Artemi Panarin Shot, then striking for the very first time on the powerplay Mika ZibanejadThe eighth goal of the playoffs.

Zibanejad reached for his six-shooter and lowered his hands to the side. That was the kind of night that Rangers needed.

Gallant was described by Cooper as “Turk's got their rolling.” “They didn’t fluke their ways to where they are now in the playoffs.”

Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman They also said that the Rangers are a different team to the Lightning in the regular-season.

“Yes, a little. “They have strong goaltending, a great D-corps and some acquisitions that haven't been seen in their jerseys,” said he.

Before the NHL trade deadline, the Lightning saw the Rangers for the last time on March 19, just before the NHL trade deadline. New York has also added forwards in the interim. Andrew Copp Tyler MotteDefenseman, and also a defenseman Justin Braun. The Rangers also discovered some line combinations that worked in the postseason, like the “Kid Line”.

“You know, they're rolling. They had just won against Carolina and were confident heading into tonight's game. Hedman stated, “We expected that.”

Cooper noticed the differences in Rangers too, but in the end, it was the familiar names who made the difference in Game 1.

“They have made some additions. He said that they have a great team. He said, “But it was still all those guys that have been here a while that had the scoresheet.”

Some important names were not included on the Lightning's scoresheet. Nikita KucherovHedman and Brandon Hagel. They did not look like the Panthers team that won the second round. Cooper stated that they have never started series on the wrong foot and it's not a sign of panic.

It's Game 1. This has happened before. “We've won series after we've lost the initial game, and won series after we won the second game,” he stated.

Game 2 is set for Friday night in New York.

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