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The New York Rangers continued their domination on house ice to defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-2 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Wednesday evening.
The 2-time Stanley Cup Champions struggled to keep up with the Rangers’ “Kid Line” as Filip Chytil scored twice and Alexis Lafreniere registered two assists for the evening. Rangers vets Mika Zibanejad, Artemi Panarin, Frank Vatrano, and Chris Kreider sealed the take care of a aim apiece.
“I used to be working arduous for the entire season,” Chytil mentioned. “There have been powerful moments, so many probabilities however I could not put it within the internet…. If you’re not placing pucks to the web you are not serving to the group that a lot and possibly begin to be just a little annoyed. However now it is lastly getting in, I’m so pleased I may also help the group like this in profitable the video games.”
Chytil is the third main aim scorer for the Rangers in these playoffs, with seven objectives throughout 15 video games, in comparison with simply eight objectives all through the common season.
“Fil’s an excellent child,” head coach Gerard Gallant mentioned, through NHL.com. “He labored arduous, he competes arduous and he deserves what he is getting proper now. He is stepped his recreation up. He is aware of it, all people is aware of it and that’s precisely what we want from him.”
Lightning captain Steven Stamkos and Ondrej Palat scored for Tampa Bay – a group that performed their first playoff recreation in 9 days after sweeping the Flordia Panthers in the second round.
“You’ve obtained to present them credit score. They’re a very good hockey group,” Stamkos mentioned. “We definitely didn’t have our greatest. I believe we all know what we have now to do higher. Been on this place earlier than. I’m assured we can have a greater effort subsequent recreation. It’s Recreation 1 of a protracted collection.”
The Rangers now have a seven-game profitable streak whereas taking part in at house and can look to maintain that going once they tackle the Lighting once more at house in Recreation 2 on Friday evening.
The Related Press contributed to this report.