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NHL - US Sports: Confident kids lead Rangers

The nicknamed "Kid Line" of Filip Chytil, Kaapo Kakko and Alexis Lafreniere combined for five points to help the New York Rangers take a 1-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference Final.

What: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Rangers, Eastern Conference Finals Game 2

Where: Madison Square Garden, New York

When: 01:00am, Saturday 4th June, 2022

How to watch: Premier Sports or bet365 Live Stream

Odds: TB Lightning 4/5, NY Rangers 21/20

The Rangers are 5/6 to eliminate the two-time defending Stanley Cup Champions and 7/2 to hoist the cup themselves after winning Game 1 against Tampa Bay with a convincing 6-2 score line and coach Gerard Gallant says they need that confidence to continue.

Chytil, 22 years-old, scored twice two take his playoff tally to seven goals in 15 games after he had eight in 67 regular season games. 

Kakko, 21, had an assist, his third of the playoffs and Lafreniere, 20, two which was his sixth and seventh helper of the post-season. 

Chytil, Lafreniere and Kakko have been building chemistry since just before the end of the regular season, when 58-year-old Gallant put them together.

Their performances helped the Rangers finish second in the Metropolitan (52-24-6) and beat the Pittsburgh Penguins and Carolina Hurricanes in the playoffs, both over seven games.

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Rangers flying high

New York have won seven straight home playoff games and scored a powerplay goal in six straight overall games, matching their playoff record. Their 33.3 per-cent conversion rate ranks second of all teams in the playoffs. 

Game 2 of the series is in New York on Friday. 

Gallant said about the "Kid Line" to the media: "It was close to their best (game) if it wasn't their best, for sure. They got inside, they scored some nice goals, they made some plays.

"They're attacking. They're a confident bunch of kids now, and we need that to continue."

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