The Rangers clearly are best with their backs against the wall.
On Saturday night, for the fourth time in these playoffs, they played a game in which a loss would have meant the end of their season. And for the fourth time, they came through with a victory.
Filip Chytil had two goals and Igor Shesterkin made 37 saves and had two assists as the Rangers beat the Carolina Hurricanes, 5-2, at Madison Square Garden in Game 6 of the teams’ second-round playoff series.
The Rangers forced a Game 7 on Monday night at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina.
“It didn’t surprise me,’’ coach Gerard Gallant said when asked about his team’s continued ability to capture must-win games in the postseason.
“I knew we’d come out hard and play well. We jumped on them early and that was key.”