They did the right things to win a hockey game,'' Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said of the Lightning. Game 5 is Thursday night at Madison Square Garden, where the Rangers won Games 1 and 2 and are 8-1 this postseason. Shesterkin, who faced 51 shots in Game 3, stopped 27 of 30 shots Tuesday night. ... New York forward Filip Chytil left just past the midpoint of the second period after a hit by Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman. The Lightning played for the seventh straight game without forward Brayden Point, who has been out of the lineup since suffering a lower-body injury during Game 7 of Tampa Bay's first-round victory over Toronto.
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They weren’t quite facing the abyss in the Eastern Conference final against the New York Rangers, but they were close enough to feel a cool breeze at their backs. The Lightning had 50 giveaways in the first two games, and only 15 the past two games. “And we’re playing a really strong Rangers team who was coming off a couple of big emotional series wins. After giving up almost four power plays a game in the first three games, the Lightning had only two on Tuesday night. Based on the way the past two games have gone, the Lightning could take control of the series if they force New York into a 5-on-5 game.CBS SPORTS - How Andrei Vasilevskiy and the Lightning have rebounded from big playoff losses in recent years
The Tampa Bay Lightning had a less-than-stellar start in the Eastern Conference final as they fell 6-2 to the New York Rangers in Game 1. Wednesday's loss marked the third time in Vasilevskiy's career that he surrendered six goals in a playoff game. 2018 Eastern Conference semifinalsWhat Vasilevskiy gave up: During the 2018 postseason, Vasilevskiy surrendered five goals in a 6-2 loss to the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. During the 2018 postseason, Vasilevskiy surrendered five goals in a 6-2 loss to the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. 2022 first roundWhat Vasilevskiy gave up: Finally, Vasilevskiy actually gave up five goals earlier this postseason in Game 1 of the first round against the Toronto Maple Leafs.FOX SPORTS - Tampa Bay Lightning got their mojo back, and now this series feels different
But Tampa Bay bounced back in a big way, sweeping their two home games to even the best-of-seven series as it heads back to New York. Perhaps this is the look of an experienced team that finally shook off the rust from its nine-day layoff between series. Perhaps this is exactly how a series between these teams should be — even — after Tampa Bay’s 4-1 victory in Game 4. In the first two games, Vasilevskiy gave up nine goals. But after what we’ve seen the past few games, the Lightning are much more ready for them.FOX SPORTS - Lightning-Rangers Game 4 report card: Returning the favor
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.