Rangers topple Lightning in Game 2

The Rangers have done what no other NHL team could do in the last two postseasons.

After feeding the Lightning their first consecutive playoff losses since 2019,

The Rangers look like an unstoppable and determined bunch after a 3-2 victory in Game 2 Friday night at Madison Square Garden that has this team believing in itself more than ever.

Mika Zibanejad scored a crucial third-period goal, Igor Shesterkin made 29 saves and now the Rangers will venture to Tampa,

Fla., for Games 3 and 4 with a 2-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference Final.

The Rangers are picking apart the defending back-to-back Stanley Cup champions. They are poking holes in a Stanley Cup-winning ship that has stayed afloat for two seasons.

There is no rhyme or reason to it — the Rangers are simply outplaying the Lightning in every sense of the word.

We heard all year that [we weren’t] going to have playoff success, said Adam Fox,

Who had two assists and has seemingly had the puck on a string through the first two games of this conference final series.

And we’ve said it all year, the belief in the room is high. The outside opinion doesn’t really affect anyone.


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