Rangers advance Game 7 with a dominant home win over the Hurricanes

Filip Chytil scored twice in the second half and the New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2 in New York on Saturday night to force the deciding Game 7 in their second-round playoff series.

Tyler Motte and Mika Zibanejad scored in the first half to get New York started, Artemi Panarin scored in the third and Adam Fox had two assists to help Rangers win a franchise with their sixth straight home win this postseason to set a record.

Igor Shesterkin stopped 37 shots for New York, who have not lost at home since a three-OT loss to Pittsburgh in Game 1 of the first round. The Rangers won their fourth consecutive elimination game, including games 5, 6 and 7 against the Penguins.

Brady Skjei had a goal and an assist, and Vincent Trochek also scored for the Hurricanes. Carolina fell to 6-0 on the road this postseason β€” becoming the first team in NHL history to lose their first six away games in a postseason β€” to keep up with a 7-0 mark at home.

Antti Raanta was drawn after delivering three goals on 13 shots. Pyotr Kochetkov came into play and finished the game with 10 saves.

Game 7 is back in Raleigh, North Carolina on Monday night. The winner will open the Eastern Conference Finals at home against Tampa Bay on Wednesday night.

After the first five games of the series were dominated by a strong defensive game, the offensive erupted in this game, where both teams scored multiple goals in the same game for the first time.

Rangers led 4-2 and had a five-on-three power play for nearly a minute early in the third period. Panarin, himself just out of the box, made it 5-2 when he caught a pass from Chris Kreider between the circles and fired a shot past Kochetkov to make it 7:43. It was his fourth of the postseason and first since the series winner in overtime in Game 7 of the first round against Pittsburgh.

Rangers led 2-0 after 20 minutes and followed up early in the second period. Chytil got the puck from Fox, ran up the right flank and hit Raanta from the right circle. It ended Raanta’s night as he was replaced by Kochetkov.

Skjei fired a shot past Shesterkin for his fifth career playoff goal and first of the year to put the Hurricanes 5:05 on the scoreboard. It came on Carolina’s 18th shot.

Chytil scored his second goal of the evening and fourth of the postseason at 6:47 a.m. on a backhand swing past Kochetkov through traffic from the left circle to restore Rangers’ three-goal lead.

Trochek hit on a rebound to lead 7-13 in the period to make it 4-2 for Carolina.

Kochetkov saved Chytil’s backhand attempt for a hat-trick three minutes later.

Shesterkin stopped Sebastian Aho with a 7:05 breakaway and seconds later stopped follow-up shots from Teuvo Teravainen and Aho to keep the Hurricanes off the scoreboard.

At the other end, Motte gave Rangers a 1-0 lead when he put the puck on the ice, ran in and beat Raanta from the left circle at 7:22 for his second of the playoffs – and that series.

After Carolina’s Brendan Smith was substituted for high-sticking, Zibanejad put Rangers ahead 2-0 just before half-time. He got a pass from Adam Fox, got the puck over the blue line, sidestepped a defender, ran in and fired a right circle shot through Raanta’s five holes at 9:51 for his seventh margin shot. Season.

It gave Rangers a power play goal for the fourth consecutive year, making it the playoff feat for the first time since 2008.

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