May 31, 2022
The question entering Monday night wasn’t whether the Rangers could win an elimination game or a high-stakes Game 7; it was whether they could beat the Carolina Hurricanes away from Madison Square Garden.
The answer is yes they can. The Rangers’ rather magical N.H.L. playoff run has, for the first time since 2015, carried them into the Eastern Conference finals, where, as they did then, they will play the Tampa Bay Lightning.
New York won on the road in North Carolina for the first time in the series, beating the Hurricanes, 6-2, to win the teams’ East semifinal bout, four games to three.
The Hurricanes entered the game 7-0 at home in these playoffs. PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., is beyond boisterous, and Carolina Coach Rod Brind’Amour had effectively used the last line change, granted to the home team after stoppages of play, to get the matchup he wanted against the Rangers’ top line of center Mika Zibanejad and wingers Chris Kreider and Frank Vatrano.
Source: The New York Times
(Photo by: Karl B Deblaker/Associated Press)