After three Game 7s on Saturday, the thrilling first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs wrapped up with two overtime Game 7s on Sunday. Both games were high on drama and heroics from each team.
In the early game, Artemi Panarin sent a shot to the right side of Tristan Jarry’s net to put the New York Rangers into the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 4-3 overtime win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Panarin was assisted by Adam Fox and Mika Zibanejad on the overtime game-winner. Zibanejad was vital for the Rangers’ success late in the game, as his goal at the 14:15 mark in the third period was what sent it to overtime.
Penguins coach Mike Sullivan was 3-0 in Game 7s coming into this game. His team finished the night with a 45-30 shots-on-goal advantage. Sidney Crosby did play in the game after missing Game 6 and recorded an assist in the loss. The Rangers will take on the Carolina Hurricanes in the second round.
In the late game, the Calgary Flames got their first playoff series win since 2015 with a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars. The Flames finished the night with a 67-28 shots-on-goal advantage but still had a tough time dealing with a persistent Dallas team that countered with a solid goaltender in Jake Oettinger. He registered 64 saves, and the Flames spent some extra time after the game in the handshake line to congratulate him on a terrific performance.
Preview: New York Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes
The New York Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes are set to face off in the second round of the NHL Playoffs.
The Rangers made an epic comeback to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round, joining an elite group of teams that have overcome a 3-1 series deficit.
The Carolina Hurricanes are coming off a tough series with the Boston Bruins. The series went seven games, as Carolina could only win at home. It was an odd series with the home team winning every game, and the home team scored five goals in five of the seven games. The losing team scored exactly one or two goals – an odd stat to keep in mind for the next series.
Best Picks: Adam Fox & Jacob Slavin
Adam Fox is coming off an incredible series. Fox scored at least one point in every game – either an assist or goal, but never both.
Jacob Slavin picked up eight points in his series against Boston, scoring a point in every game except one.