Lightning-Rangers Game 4 report card: Returning the favor

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With just under seven minutes remaining in the second period, Palat sprung Kucherov on a breakaway with a pass down the center of the ice. With a game-high three points and plus-three plus-minus rating, he might have been an even bigger factor than he was in Game 3. In addition to his assist and shot on goal, he had a hit and two blocked shots in 14:16. Earlier in the game, he made key stops against Kevin Rooney, Alexis Lafrenière and Tyler Motte to keep the Rangers at bay. Grade: AThe case for restRust was blamed for the Lightning’s lackluster performance in a four-goal loss in Game 1.


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CBS SPORTS - USMNT stock watch: Matt Turner and Joe Scally look sharp but no striker steps up
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But please note, this is just 90 minutes of what is essentially a meaningless friendly in terms of a result. Stock up: Matt TurnerThe soon-to-be Arsenal goalkeeper faced a ton of shots, and he did well to make his push for the No. I'm not trying to burst USMNT fans' bubble here, but he has a long way to go. In 45 minutes off the bench he won his two tackles, one half of his duels and looked the part. He put both of his shot attempts on goal, but he blew a one-on-one with a poor attempt.

CBS SPORTS - Rangers vs. Lightning score: Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos carry Tampa to Game 4 win, even series
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The Lightning took control of the game in the opening minutes courtesy of a Pat Maroon goal and never trailed in a 4-1 win over the New York Rangers in Game 4. Star forwards Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos registered one goal apiece, while winger Ondrej Palat was also a force with a goal and two assists. It marked the third consecutive game in which Kucherov scored a goal and it was also his sixth point during that stretch. Slow starts have plagued the Lightning throughout the series, but that wasn't the case in Game 4. The Eastern Conference Final is now tied 2-2 as the series shifts back to New York for Thursday's pivotal Game 5.