NHL playoffs: Panthers advance to second round, Rangers, Stars force Game 7

May 14, 2022 at 12:46 a.m Summertime

Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin did his part but Rangers force Game 7

Evgeni Malkin had the puck on his racquet, just enough open ice in front of him to ward off a couple of oncoming Rangers and break in on New York goaltender Igor Shesterkin. Instead of attempting anything fancy, he fired off one of those shots that so few players can – he placed the puck with pace over Shesterkin’s block and under his glove – and the goal that followed, Malkin’s third of that opening series, gave the Penguins momentum again after spending much of the second half squandering it and taking another two-goal lead.

When Malkin celebrated and a sold-out crowd at the PPG Paints Arena serenaded him with “Geno” chants, not many people from Pittsburgh to New York would have liked the Rangers’ chances of winning Game 6.

Rob Rossi·

Senior Author, Penguins

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Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin did his part but Rangers force Game 7

May 14, 2022 at 12:45 a.m Summertime

Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider bring Rangers into Game 7

Mika Zibanejad was asked about fun on Friday afternoon – you know, the Rangers’ kid line is having fun this postseason; What about a more seasoned veteran like Zibanejad?

“It might be hard for me to enjoy it that much,” said Zibanejad after a decently long pause. He’s tried to convince reporters in Pittsburgh that the playoffs are fun, but maybe he and his linemates got less of it in five games because they were so focused (and failed) on stopping Sidney Crosby’s line that the Stress was overtaking the fun.

“We may not have caused enough offence. Maybe a little too worried about the line we’re playing against,” he said. “Maybe the focus was too much on that. Trying to work through that is not easy.”

Game 6 was the slump for Zibanejad and Chris Kreider, who had scored two goals together – both from Kreider in the first two games of the series – and got into Friday’s final win-or-go home game. Zibanejad scored the first two and Kreider scored the next two, including the Oopsy Daisy winner with 88 seconds remaining typically from about 50 feet.

Arthur Staple

Arthur Staple·

Senior Writer, Islander & Ranger

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Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider bring Rangers into Game 7

May 14, 2022 at 00:24 Summertime

Stars force game 7

The Dallas Stars defeat the Calgary Flames 4-2 to force Game 7 on Sunday.

The Athletic Staff

The Athletic Staff

May 14, 2022 at 12:05 a.m Summertime

Playoff Markstrom

Flames goalie Jacob Markstrom makes an excellent save and holds it to a one-goal game.

The Athletic Staff

The Athletic Staff

May 13, 2022 at 11:44 p.m Summertime

Luke Glendening on the concussion transcript

Possible suspension clock. No penalty was imposed on the ice, but Glendening is on concussion record.

Saad Yousuf

Saad Yousuf·

Staff writers, stars

May 13, 2022 at 10:50 p.m Summertime

Carter Verhaeghe scores OT winner

Carter Verhaeghe scores the overtime winner to propel the Florida Panthers into the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

They defeat the Washington Capitals in six games.

Luke way

Luke way·

Associate Editor, News

May 13, 2022 at 10:25 p.m Summertime

capital letters bind it

TJ Oshie ties the game for the Washington Capitals.

After the challenge, it’s a good goal.

The Athletic Staff

The Athletic Staff

May 13, 2022 at 9:41 p.m Summertime

Rangers force Game 7

The New York Rangers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3 in Game 6.

The series is 3-3, with Game 7 on Sunday.

The Athletic Staff

The Athletic Staff

May 13, 2022 at 9:39 p.m Summertime

Kreider exploits

Rangers’ Chris Kreider fires a shot from the top that bounces over Penguins goalie Louis Domingue into the net.

New York leads 4-3 over Pittsburgh.

The Athletic Staff

The Athletic Staff

May 13, 2022 at 8:40 p.m Summertime

Malkin binds Tor

Evgeni Malkin ties the game at three for the Penguins.

The Athletic Staff

The Athletic Staff

May 13, 2022 at 8:40 p.m Summertime

Ekblad, Chiarot return

Panther defenders Aaron Ekblad and Ben Chiarot return for the second half.

The Athletic Staff

The Athletic Staff

May 13, 2022 at 8:24 p.m Summertime

Ekblad, Chiarot not on the bench

Panther defensemen Aaron Ekblad and Ben Chiarot weren’t on the Florida bench to end the first third.

Panthers except for four defenders.

No result after the first period between the Panthers and the Capitals.

The Athletic Staff

The Athletic Staff

May 13, 2022 at 8:19 p.m Summertime

Two for Zibanejad

Two goals in 76 seconds by Rangers’ Mika Zibanejad.

The Rangers tied this game 2-2 against the Penguins.

Arthur Staple

Arthur Staple·

Senior Writer, Islander & Ranger

May 13, 2022 at 8:12 p.m Summertime

Brian Boyle not on the Penguins bench

Brian Boyle has not returned for the second period.

The Athletic Staff

The Athletic Staff

May 13, 2022 at 8:11 p.m Summertime

Ekblad returns

Aaron Ekblad is back on the ice.

The Athletic Staff

The Athletic Staff

May 13, 2022 at 7:59 p.m Summertime

Aaron Ekblad goes down the tunnel

Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad walked down the tunnel after suffering a big hit from Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin.

The Athletic Staff

The Athletic Staff

May 13, 2022 at 7:46 p.m Summertime

Two goals in 2 minutes

Things are getting serious in Pittsburgh. Two goals in two minutes for the Penguins.

The Athletic NHL staff

The Athletic NHL staff

May 13, 2022 at 7:40 p.m Summertime

Playoff Carter

The Penguins’ Jeff Carter opened Pittsburgh against the New York Rangers.

The Pens are now 2-0 up.

The Athletic Staff

The Athletic Staff

May 13, 2022 at 7:31 p.m Summertime

The Game of Kings 6 served as a “dress rehearsal” for Game 7

It was so close to being the right script at the right time for the Kings: a show of resilience, collecting from a two-goal deficit and better performances on the power play and penalties.

But in the end, their first attempt to eliminate the Edmonton Oilers from the opening round of the playoffs fell just short. The Oilers survived with defenseman Tyson Barrie’s late goal in the third half, then added an empty net in Thursday night’s Game 6 at the arena formerly known as the Staples Center to defeat the Kings 4-2.

Here’s what we learned.

Lisa Dillman

Lisa Dillman·

Senior Author, Kings

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The Kings didn’t beat the Oilers, but Game 6 still served as a “dress rehearsal” for Game 7: 12 observations

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