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Rangers Blow Through The Hurricanes En Route To An ECF Date With The Lightning

I mean I told you all days ago…

Just a textbook New York Rangers victory under the most daunting of circumstances. Power play goals? Check. Trouba Train collision? Check. Ryan Lindgren going warrior status with his body hanging by a thread? Check. Shesterkin the best player on the ice? Check. An incredible effort that got off to a monster start on the back of a couple PP conversions for an early 2-0 lead. I was confident, but nervous. Still a lotta hockey left and the Canes can be scary. But I knew it was over before another Blueshirts goal when this graced my TV:

Replica Cup in the arena for a Round 2 Game 7?

Game. Set. Match. Rangers.

Jarvis out. Raanta out. Strome scores. Kreider scores (again). Filthy Fil Chytil answers seconds after Carolina got on the board in the third, squashing any hope of a miracle comeback in front of a home crowd that fell eerily silent real quick. An unreal outing from start to finish handing a Hurricanes franchise their first-ever Game 7 loss while staving off elimination for a fifth straight time. This baby Blueshirts squad simply won't stop doing everything they "can't" and now they face as big a challenge as they could ask for. Sure they've got home ice, but waiting for them will be the well-rested two-time defending Cup champs with the only goalie in the league even the biggest Shesterkin stan has to give the upper hand.

There's just NO WAY they can win. No chance. Zero…