Rangers’ Filip Chytil delivers with his voice and play

PITTSBURGH – As the Rangers face off for the first time in their first Stanley Cup playoff series against the Penguins, in Game 5 on Wednesday, Filip Chytil spoke with unspoken words in his five NHL seasons.

The Czech winner was bold and confident in his words, even in English, his second language. He was critical and encouraging in talking about what the Rangers should do to keep their climate alive. As a player who is rarely selected to represent the team for such reasons, Chytil ran the stage with confidence and authority.

He sounded like a player who has been a very important part of the Rangers team for the whole time he has been in New York. He acted like a soldier. He was a leader.

And Chytil translated it all on ice that night in Madison Square Garden.

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Frank Vatrano (77) and Filip Chytil (72) celebrate Chytil wins in a game against the Penguins on Wednesday.
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Chytil scored the winner in a powerful first-half tie to give the Rangers a 5-3 victory, which allowed his side to force a 6-game win, which took place Friday night in Pittsburgh.

Aside from the Game 5 winner, Chytil has been one of Ranger’s undisputed leaders in this series. He has won puck battles, racing games and competing on every inch of ice he has found. His one goal and assist in one of the five games did not show how he affected the list.

“He’s a man who always works, works all the time, works all the time,” said Chris Kreider, who has been a teammate since Chytil’s first season of NHL in 2017-18. “Performing well is not the same and I think he is a very understanding person. Regardless of what happens during the season, wherever he thinks his game is, whether he thinks he is confident or not, he is still doing the right things every day.

“Since then, he has been a very good professional – which sometimes takes time for a young child. You forget how young he was and how young he was. Most of it just seems to go well.

“He is a man who wants to do well and wants to always do things wisely and is committed to winning and playing for the team. He has been a big part of our team and is excited to be with them. “

Chytil, who recorded for the 21st Rangers in all 21st of 2017, made the opening game list that night at the age of 18. Although he only played nine games this season, Chytil has been Rangers’ top scorer in the last four years. But he has been struggling to identify himself as NHLer. It is not yet time to leave.

His five official starting games, however, have shown he can be close.

Head coach Gerard Gallant tried to push the right buttons with Chytil, who was in good health several times during the set period. Chytil saw from the press box on three straight matches at the end of February and Gallant revealed that he was chatting with the 22-year-old to be a competitor.

“Fil always has the talent and the talent, but we want him to be a competitor,” Gallant said. “It’s not just Fil, it’s a line [with Alexis Lafreniere and Kaapo Kakko]. And children are very competitive. He is playing hard. Sometimes, as a coach, you look at your players and you don’t realize they are 22, 21 and 20. I knew that, but when you hear someone talking about ESPN or whatever it was, it changes. of those who say they are really young. And that is what makes you happy. ”


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