Panthers beat Rangers 3-0 in Eastern Conference Final opener

NEW YORK — Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 23 photographs for his first shutout of the postseason, Matthew Tkachuk had a purpose and an help and the Florida Panthers beat the New York Rangers 2-0 on Wednesday evening in Recreation 1 of the Japanese Convention Ultimate.

Carter Verhaeghe and Sam Bennett additionally scored. Bobrovsky, who had six shutouts throughout the common season, had the second of his profession within the playoffs.

Igor Shesterkin completed with 24 saves for Presidents’ Trophy-winning Rangers. They misplaced for the third time in 4 video games after opening the postseason with seven straight victories.

Recreation 2 is Friday evening in New York.

The Panthers went 0 for two on the facility play to fall to 9 for 43 within the postseason. The Rangers had been 0 for 1.

With Florida main 1-0, Bobrovsky slid to his left to disclaim a one-timer with Kaapo Kakko 6 1/2 minutes into the third.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson appeared so as to add to the lead when he beat Shesterkin from the left aspect a number of minutes later. Nevertheless, the purpose was overturned after a problem for goalie interference as a result of the Panthers’ Ryan Lomberg ran into Shesterkin within the crease.

The Rangers had a flurry of possibilities with about seven minutes remaining. Alexander Wennberg was denied on two makes an attempt in shut, Jacob Trouba had a shot blocked and Wennberg missed on one other shot seconds later.

Bobrovsky made a kick save on a drive by Adam Fox throughout a New York energy play with 5:25 remaining.

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Florida Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky deflects a shot by New York Rangers heart Mika Zibanejad as Florida Panthers heart Sam Reinhart appears for the rebound throughout the second interval of Recreation 1 of the Japanese Convention Ultimate, Wednesday, Might 22, 2024, in New York.

The Panthers made it 2-0 when Verhaeghe’s centering cross for Tkachuk was deflected previous Shesterkin by Lafreniere with 3:48 to go. Verhaeghe bought credit score for his seventh of the playoffs.

The Rangers pulled Shesterkin for an additional skater with 3 1/2 minutes remaining, however couldn’t beat Bobrovsky.

The goalie stopped a slap shot by Mika Zibanejad to protect the shutout, and Bennett sealed the victory with an empty-netter with 1:19 left.

Bobrovsky made a proper pad save on Will Cuylle’s breakaway try within the opening minute of the second interval to protect the lead. Shesterkin gloved some extent shot by Gustav Forsling with 7 1/2 minutes left. Aleksander Barkov bought in shut however his backhand attempt went off Shesterkin’s glove.

The Rangers had 4 photographs on purpose within the first 1:55 of the second interval, after which went practically 14 1/2 minutes with out one till Adam Fox’s try with 3:42 left.

The Rangers bought their first energy play when Bennett was despatched off for holding the follow 1:26 left within the center interval. They managed two photographs on the benefit.

Tkachuk opened the scoring late within the first interval. Forsling introduced the puck up the left aspect and dropped a cross to Tkachuk, who beat Shesterkin from the left circle over the goalie’s glove with 3:34 left. It was his fifth purpose and fifteenth level of the playoffs.

Florida Panthers left wing Matthew Tkachuk and New York Rangers defenseman K'Andre Miller vie for control of puck during first period of Eastern Conference Final, May 22, 2024

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Florida Panthers left wing Matthew Tkachuk and New York Rangers defenseman Ok’Andre Miller vie for management of the puck throughout the first interval of Recreation 1 of the NHL Japanese Convention Ultimate, Wednesday, Might 22, 2024, in New York.

About 1:15 later, Schneider bought a breakaway and fired a shot previous Bobrovsky that hit off the goalpost.

The Rangers had ahead Filip Chytil again for the second time this postseason. He missed the ultimate 72 video games of the common season due to an damage believed to be a concussion earlier than returning for Recreation 3 of the second spherical in opposition to Carolina after which was out for the remainder of the sequence.