Rangers Take 2-0 Lead in the ECF

The New York Rangers have overachieved this season. This group is growing up fast. The Rangers have beaten good teams like the Pittsburgh Penguins and Carolina Hurricanes. Now, they have a chance to dethrone the two-time defending champs, Tampa Bay Lightning. 

Thanks to their 3-2 win over the Lightning in Game 2 on Friday night, the Rangers now have a 2-0 lead in the series as it shifts to Tampa Bay on Sunday afternoon and is just two wins away from returning to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since the 2013-14 season.

Igor Shesterkin has been magnificent in front of the net. After Friday’s win, he now has a .930 save percentage for the playoffs and has been at .912 or better in the past 11 games. Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider have been fantastic throughout this postseason. The Rangers are a blend of a young core of players with a few veterans. 

Rangers will travel to Tampa for Game 3 on Sunday afternoon. Tampa is looking to win at home while the Rangers are trying to take a 3-0 commanding lead. 

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