The New York Rangers had to play their best game so far. Lose and go home. Win and it is Game 7 on Monday night in New Jersey at the Prudential Center.
The Rangers had lacked offense in the previous three games but brought it in Game 6. The Devils looked flat most of the night, and it cost them a win. The New York Rangers came to play and showed plenty of determination in the win.
New York Rangers showed up offensively
One thing the Rangers desperately needed was to break their offensive slump. They had scored two goals in the past three games and did not look organized offensively.
What are the biggest takeaways from the New York Rangers win?
The offense showed up in Game 6 when it was needed the most. More importantly, the Rangers got contributions from everyone in this game. Barclay Goodrow, Jimmy Vesey, Filip Chytil, Braden Schneider, and Niko Mikkola each had a point.
Vladimir Tarasenko, Mika Zibanejad, and Adam Fox had two points each. Chris Kreider had the biggest night with three points in the win. The Rangers now need Artemi Panarin to get going. He had 92 points in the regular season but only two points in six games so far in the postseason.
New Jersey Devils did not show up
The New Jersey Devils had a chance to eliminate the New York Rangers and failed to do so. Turnovers, goalies not stopping pucks, inconsistent offensive zone pressure, and failing to play a full 60 minutes are the reasons for the Game 6 loss.
This is the same team that dominated games 3, 4, and 5 and could not bring the same energy for this elimination game. Game 7 is at the Prudential Center, so they have home-ice advantage, something that could play a huge role.
Shesterkin outplays Schmid
For the first time in four games, New Jersey Devils goaltender Akira Schmid got outplayed. He looked rattled after the second goal, and the Rangers continued to put pressure on the young goaltender to the point he was removed from the game.
New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin played phenomenally and came up big in Game 6. Although he had not been awful in games 3-5, he just did not have a spectacular game in that time frame.
Shesterkin, and the entire Rangers team, showed up when it counted. Now the Rangers have to bring that same energy into Game 7.