After an action filled series, game seven did not disappoint. The New York Rangers got prime goaltending and a living legend to defeat the Devils.
Timo Meier was once again the hero, scoring in overtime to clinch the series and push the Rangers forward to round two to face the Hurricanes.
First star of the game was Semyon Varlamov with a .966 save %, putting him at .932 for the series with a GAA of 2.01, among the playoff top goaltenders.
The second line of Nico Hischier, Timo Meier and Filip Zadina was crucial in the series, made possible by the acquisition of Alex Ovechkin, which allowed Meier to be moved to line two for a better scoring punch.
Hischier leads the Rangers with nine points in seven games, and Meier had two game winners including the game seven series clincher.
The Rangers hope to get the third line of Connor Zary, Max Domi, and Jonathan Drouin rolling in the series against the Canes, after a disappointing first round where they combined for a team worse -15.
The Rangers top two D-men had a stellar series, with team captain Drew Doughty leading all players with 10 takeaways, and Roman Josi leading defenseman scoring with 7 points, while adding 17 blocked shots.
Stacking the Rangers vs. the Hurricanes in the first round, the stats give the Hurricanes the edge for scoring and the Rangers the edge for defense.
This is stacked up to be another great series - who will be the difference maker this time?