This was supposed to be the boring, defensive-oriented matchup, but the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning flatly rejected this notion, as the Rangers skated off with a 6-2 win over the two-time defending champs at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.
Filip Chytil scored twice in the second period as the Rangers pulled away from the Lightning in front of a packed, raucous home crowd. Igor Shesterkin made 37 saves and outdueled Andrei Vasilevskiy, as the Rangers pulled away from the Lightning during the final two periods.
Here we go! ECF Game 1 is ON. ⚡️ #TBLvsNYR
— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) June 2, 2022
It’s the second period of Game 1 and the Rangers have already scored one more goal than the Panthers did in four games against the Lightning in the second round.
— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) June 2, 2022