NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 01: Andrei Vasilevskiy #88 of the Tampa Bay Lightning gives up a goal to Filip Chytil #72 of the New York Rangers (not pictured) as Adam Fox #23 of the New York Rangers and Cal Foote #52 of the Tampa Bay Lightning react during the second period in Game One of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on June 01, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)


Lightning struck at the Garden, and it wasn’t in the form of a Tampa Bay jersey. The New York Rangers blasted a well rested, and likely rusty Tampa Bay Lightning team 6-2 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Filip Chytil who played a key roll in the Rangers series comeback victory over Carolina, proved to be the difference in Wednesday’s Game 1, netting a pair of goals in the second period that not only broke a two-all tie, but put New York on a firm path to victory.

โ€œI was working hard for the whole season,โ€ Chytil said. โ€œThere were tough moments, so many chances but I couldn’t put it in the net. … When you’re not putting pucks to the net you’re not helping the team that much and maybe start to be a little frustrated. But now it’s finally going in, I am so happy I can help the team like this in winning the games.โ€

Chris Krieder, Frank Vatrano, Mika Zibanejad, and Artemi Panarin all tallied goals in the Rangers victory. New York has now scored 17 goals in its last three games.

For goalie Igor Shesterkin recorded 37 saves on 39 shots on goal. It marked the third straight game in which Shesterkin recorded 37 saves and allowed only two goals.

The Rangers look to take firm control of the series on Friday night in Game 2 at 8 p.m.