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Artemi Panarin, Rangers Championed By NHL Fans for Sweeping Alex Ovechkin, Capitals | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats, and Rumors

Written by on April 29, 2024

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The New York Rangers are the first team to advance in the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

After taking the first three games of the series against the Washington Capitals, New York finished the job Sunday with a 4-2 victory.

B/R Open Ice @BR_OpenIce

AN EMPIRE STATE OF MIND …

Rangers on top of the city after sweeping the Caps out of the first round 🏙🧹 pic.twitter.com/x8sAEXXcIO

B/R Open Ice @BR_OpenIce

First handshake line of the playoffs 🤝 pic.twitter.com/6cR64MucY8

It was the first series sweep for the Rangers since 2007, when it swept the Atlanta Thrashers in the first-round.

The Presidents Trophy winners did not take long to get the game going as Kaapo Kakko scored the first goal of the game within the first minute.

x – New York Rangers @NYRangers

PUT IN THE WORK + PUT IT AWAY. pic.twitter.com/QJldoGKAOo

Washington would tie it at one but Vincent Trocheck would re-establish the lead before the first period ended.

x – New York Rangers @NYRangers

Power play Troch strikes from the slot. pic.twitter.com/h2wio94AO3

Washington would get a goal from Hendrix Lapierre in the second and the team’s would enter the final period knotted at two. However, Panarin would score within the first five minutes of the third to put New York in the lead for a third time.

x – New York Rangers @NYRangers

A Breadman SNIPE, you love to see it. pic.twitter.com/IujTU3OrIX

Washington could not find the equalizer and an empty net goal from Jack Roslovic would send New York to the second round.

Igor Shesterkin had 22 saves and Panarin’s four shots led the team.

Fans took to social media to congratulate Panarin and the Rangers for clinching a berth in the next round:

Mollie Walker @MollieeWalkerr

FINAL — #NYR 4, Capitals 2

Rangers were the first team in and they’re the first team moving on.

First 4-game sweep since 2007. pic.twitter.com/Am8nVOYD5z

Madyson @Majorleaguemadd

NY sports today:

– Yankees put up 15 runs (again)
– Knicks take a 3-1 lead
– Rangers sweep and advance

chris kreider respecter @jonmoxIeys

rangers beat the presidents trophy first round exit allegations pic.twitter.com/mTnYENJIoO

BlueShirtsNation.com  @NYRangerFanclub

THE NEW YORK RANGERS SWEEP THE SERIES!!! 🧹 #nyr

Round 2 HERE WE COME! pic.twitter.com/4y2L6af8Wg

chris kreider respecter @jonmoxIeys

RANGERS SWEEP THEY ARE GOING TO THE NEXT ROUND pic.twitter.com/HNBoquRBZa

Leen @natalinabreaNYR

BRING OUT THE BROOMS 🧹🧹🧹🧹 OUR NEW YORK RANGERS ARE THE FIRST TEAM MOVINGGGG ON!!! SO LONG CRYING CAPS✌🏻 #NYR pic.twitter.com/7Ai3TMI8kR

sam prevot @s_prevot

can the rangers tweet “cry” i just wanna see what happens

Thomas Carrieri @Thomas_Carrieri

A Boston versus New York Celtics Vs. Knicks and Bruins Vs. Rangers Eastern Conference Finals would actually be epic.

Ben Burko @BenBurko

WHAT AN AMAZING DAY TO BE A KNICKS AND RANGERS FAN

Dolphreaky @dolphreaky

Every Rangers fan sleeping tonight after the sweep 🧹 😴 @NYRangers #nyr pic.twitter.com/IcGEBcrhWO

The Rangers advance out of the first round for the first time since 2022. It will face either the Carolina Hurricanes or the New York Islanders in Round 2.

A battle for New York supremacy could be interesting, as it has not happened since 1994. However, it could be a tough ask considering that the Islanders are currently trailing the Hurricanes 3-1.

If Carolina advances, New York could ride the extra rest and the fact that it won the season series 2-1.

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