Bantering Points: 5/18/24

Here are today's news and links:

Rangers News:

Larry Brooks sees Chris Kreider's Game 6 hat trick against Carolina as the latest memorable moment in a career filled with them for New York's longest tenured player (NY Post)

Ethan Sears highlights Igor Shesterkin's presence in goal as one advantage the Blueshirts will have as they continue their march towards the Stanley Cup (NY Post)

Sears also discusses the possibility of the extended layoff ahead of the Conference Finals helping Blake Wheeler and Filip Chytil inch closer towards returning to the lineup (NY Post)

Lastly, Sears relays word that it will be the Florida Panthers, champions of the Atlantic Division, who will skate against the Rangers in the Eastern Conference Final (NY Post)

The Eastern Conference Final schedule has been released, with the Rangers and Panthers set to play every other day starting on May 22nd (Newsday)

Vincent Mercogliano lists three things to know as New York and Florida get set to clash with the Prince of Wales Trophy at stake (LoHud)

Kristen Shilton dove into the Rangers' come from behind victory in Game 6 and which series trends can be expected to carry over from here (ESPN)

Michael Ru$$o offer$ five $torylines worth following when the Blue$hirt$ and Panther$ take the ice (The Athletic)

Around the NHL:

Florida's advancement to the Conference Finals came thanks to a go-ahead goal with less than two minute remaining in regulation from defenseman Gustav Forsling as it knocked of the Boston Bruins by a 2-1 final score in Game 6 (TSN)

The Toronto Maple Leafs hired former St. Louis Blues' bench boss Craig Berube as their new head coach (NBC Sports)

The New Jersey Devils agreed to a three year, $3.45 million contract extension with forward Kurtis MacDermid (Sportsnet)