With a dominant Game 7 win, Igor Shesterkin and the New York Rangers secure a spot in the Eastern Conference Finals

RALEIGH N.C. — The New York Rangers The defeat of Carolina Hurricanes 6-2 in Game 7, Monday night. They will now face the Eastern Conference Finals. Tampa Bay Lightning.

Goaltender Igor Shesterkin This was the second win in Game 7 of the playoffs. 36 saves. Forward Chris Kreider Defenseman scored twice. Adam FoxThe center Ryan StromeThe center Filip Chytil Forward Andrew Copp Additional goals

The Rangers will be making their first trip to the Stanley Cup semifinals since 2015 when they faced the Lightning.

The Eastern Conference Finals will be held Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. They won all three meetings against the Lightning in regular season. Shesterkin was their goal for each victory.

Game 7 ended the 13-game streak in which the Carolina Hurricanes had been victorious in playoffs. In that span, every home game was won by the Carolina Hurricanes. It was also the first time that an opponent scored more then two goals at PNC Arena.

Fox gave Rangers a 1-0 lead early in the game, and New York's power plays won for the fifth consecutive game. New York was awarded the power play following goalie Antti Raanta He turned the puck over in his zone, which led to a Sebastian Aho hooking penalty. Fox jumped off of the Rangers bench to end most of this man-advantage. He was not picked up by the Carolina penalty kill. Fox was able to skate in, shoot a puck, and win the 1-0 victory over Raanta glove side just 3:40 into this game.

Carolina attempted a power play, but it failed to convert. At 7:46 of first period, Carolina took a bench major for having too many players on the ice. Seth Jarvis Rangers defenseman Jason Ranger made another brutal hit and he couldn't get off the ice. Jacob Trouba The series. Kreider deflected a Mika Zibanejad Raanta was just 14 seconds away from the power play when he was beaten by Raanta.

Jarvis, a first-line winger for the Hurricanes, didn't return to the game.

The Hurricanes power play was powerless in this series.

While their offense struggled for traction in the second half, the Hurricanes suffered another injury: Raanta sustained a lower body injury while doing a split with a Zibanejad scoring possibility. Raanta started 13 games as a replacement for injured starter Freddie Andersen. Andersen hasn't been seen since April 16 because of a lower body injury. He was assisted off the ice with a trainer.

Rookie Pyotr Kochetkov Enter the game at 16:19 and give up a goal to Ryan Strome to center the Rangers to make it 3-0. Winger Artemi Panarin Strome was chipping the puck up to the boards after he replaced Raanta. He was on a 2-on-1 game with Andrew Copp. Strome elected to shoot and defeated Kochetkov in the second shot that he faced after replacing Raanta.

Carolina was able to score on the power play during the third period. Tony DeAngelo Only their second power play goal in 18 chances in the series. The Rangers responded 40 seconds later when center Filip Chytil scored the Rangers' fifth playoff goal off a Carolina turnover.

Max Domi Carolina won the third quarter.

Shesterkin was a great help when Rangers needed him. He even saved forward from a point-blank. Jordan Martinook To keep the lead, it takes only seconds into the third quarter.

Rangers goalie Michael McDonough was 3-0-0 and had a.958 save percent and a 1.30 goals against average in regular season against Lightning.

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