Rangers Power Past Lightning in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, reaching milestones along the way

Rangers are the 25th team in NHL history to take a 2-0 series lead over defending Stanley Cup champions

Beating the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion seemed an impossible task for either team

But the New York Rangers have managed to do it twice, making them the first team to face consecutive playoff defeats since 2019 at Tampa Bay Lightning

Rangers took a 2-0 series lead over Lightning in the final of the Eastern Conference on Friday night when goaltender Igor Shasterkin blocked 29 shots to keep Tampa at bay

In the process of securing their 3-2 win, the Rangers reached several franchise and league milestones

With their eighth consecutive win over home ice, New York achieved the sixth-longest home-winning streak in a postseason, according to NHL Stats

Rangers also became the 25th team in league history to take a 2-0 series lead against the defending Stanley Cup champions

At an individual level, Shasterkin's dominating performances in these playoffs have kept him as goalkeeper with most wins in the same playoff year in the company of Rangers greats Mike Richter, Heinrich Lundkavist and John Davidson, according to NHL Stats

Richter, who won the 1994 Stanley Cup, topped the list with 16 wins

Mika Zibanejad's game-winning goal in the third period extended his home ice goal streak to six

The NHL is making its fourth-longest streak in a single postseason in playoff history. But, in the game, the streaks can just disappear like that

"His team obviously had a good playoff streak of not losing back-to-back games

But it's not really on our minds when we're coming into the game," Rangers' defence man Adam Fox said after Friday's game

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